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01-07-2010, 11:19 AM #1
Apple Enables Browser Based iTunes Song Sampling
Well, that didn't take too long now did it? Bright and early in this new year, Apple is putting its late 2009 acquisition of Lala to good use. Tapping into the service that we all know and love Lala for, Apple has enabled 30 second browser-based song previews from iTunes Charts. This nicely caps off the initial efforts taken by Apple last fall to engender a quality iTunes web preview.
Up until now, the browser-based iTunes Charts lacked the possibility to preview a song before purchase; to do so, you had to open the iTunes software. But the new song previews allow users to listen to samples encoded at 44.1 AA 300+ kbits/second using QuickTime.
Since the acquisition of Lala, many have speculated that Apple is moving full steam ahead to a full blown browser-based web streaming service. Despite the modest update to iTunes Charts, it could, indeed, be the precursor to taking iTunes down the path to new offerings, possibly even a subscription based service to rival new services in the increasingly competitive digital music realm.
Other possible ways of integrating Lala into iTunes... cheaper prices and streaming options, full song previews or Genius-style radio stations in the iTunes desktop software.
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01-07-2010, 03:39 PM #2
Anyone think a web based iTunes with an optional lightweight Control Panel download for syncing (in case the web site runs slower than a snail when syncing) is the way to go? I would like to see this happen for the simple fact that iTunes won't bloat my machine, no more irritating download updates (until there is a new iPhone firmware) as it can all be done on the back-end with a web site. And the big one, iTunes available anywhere with an internet connection. No needless bloated software to install. Also think of the streaming possibilities here. No need to fill your device with gigs and gigs of music/movies/games (although an option to keep your info on your hard drive would be there). Apple could even institute a subscription plan for cloud space (for those that want to go that way) which also integrates with MobileMe if you have an account. Just do it Apple!"To unpathed waters, undreamed shores." -- William Shakespeare
01-07-2010, 05:29 PM #3
01-07-2010, 06:12 PM #4
Apple - iTunes - Browse the top music downloads
Click on any of the top 100 and DO NOT open iTunes. It will take you to a preview page where you can click the tiny play button to listen to preview tracks through the Apple web site."To unpathed waters, undreamed shores." -- William Shakespeare
01-07-2010, 11:13 PM #5
its something new. new can be fun.killall Terminal
01-07-2010, 11:15 PM #6
I love where this is going
01-07-2010, 11:51 PM #7
01-08-2010, 10:42 AM #8
Web based programming is where everything is going in the commercial worldThis is getting a lil' ridiculous...