When the iPhone maker bought Lala.com, most assumed a music cloud service was on the way. But sources tell CNET that it may take a back seat to video.
Lala, the music service recently acquired by Apple, is being shuttered, but Lala's technology may live on in iTunes cloud music and video features.
Lala's patent filing is an application. And Lala says it has made no promises to music labels regarding piracy in order to offer 10-cent "Web Songs."
Patent filing shows Lala managers believe DRM embedded into a network is more effective that wrapping it around songs.
An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the digital music format used at Apple's iTunes. Apple uses the AAC format.
The music service Apple just acquired may have underachieved, but its founder could be the right man if iTunes moves away from downloads and into streaming music.
Dramatically different amounts were reported for what Apple paid to acquire the music service. In this tough environment, it's hard to believe Apple would overpay.
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Apple acknowledges that it has purchased the struggling streaming service but declined to comment on reports that Lala was bought for very little money.
Sources with knowledge of the talks say a deal for Lala, a streaming-music service, is close to being finalized. Does Apple plan to stream music?