Earlier this week, LaLa.com came out with the new service they are offering. They used to stand out for being the coolest and least expensive way to trade your CDs online for “karma” that earned you the right to receive the CDs you wanted from others who were done with them.
Now, LaLa offers something that seems better than eMusic and iTunes combined, to me. Their interface is not too different than iTunes, but it’s all web-based, which means you get to play your music anywhere you want where there’s an internet connection. Thanks to their Music Mover Application, you can “upload” (read, synchronize) your music library with your collection in LaLa.
This is not all!
-You can find music and listen to the whole track once for free (not 30 seconds, the whole song).
-Quoting them: “If you like what you hear, add the web song to your Lala collection for 10¢. Now you can listen to it online as much as you want. The first 50 web songs are free.” YES! 10 cents!
-For 79 cents more (plus the previous 10 cents this is the same prize that Amazon is selling MP3s), you can download your MP3s.
To me, this is a genius combo that will position them to disrupt the online music delivery scene.
If you haven’t tried it yet, I recommend you register with LaLa: the first 50 web songs are on them.
UPDATE: I just finished running the Music Mover on my computer. Out of the 9,226 songs in my iTunes library, LaLa matched almost 40%. The rest of them I can let the application upload one by one (which will take a while, admittedly) OR I can sit back and enjoy the 3,433 tracks that it DID match.