This may turn out to be an interesting development in the digital music biz. Lala is offering a new cloud model for purchasing and listening to music. In addition to purchasing DRM free music for 90 cents a cut (some will cost more) from the service, you can plop down one thin dime, leave that song in the cloud and listen to it anytime you wish. That’s right 10 cents per cut and that dime allows you to play the “web song” any time you wish and as many times as you wish as long as it is streamed.
If you want to take that song out of the cloud, you pay the regular rate of 90 cents less the 10 cents that you’ve already paid. And here’s an interesting twist. If you sign up for the service, Lala will give you 50 free songs to get you started, and its helper application will scan your library on your computer and give you web access to all the songs already on your computer for free. That includes the ones that you may have picked up along the way from other than legal means.
Lala worked this deal out with the major labels and supposedly 175,000 songs are going to be available on its launch today. This will be interesting to follow, and of course all the caveats about your data in the cloud apply.
How about you? Does this sound like service you can or would use?