by Joe White
June 1, 2010
An upcoming major revision of iTunes will copy each user’s catalog into the net, making it available from any browser or net connected iPod/touch/tablet. The Lala upload technology will be bundled into a future iTunes upgrade which will automatically be installed for the 100+ million iTunes users with a simple ‘An upgrade is available...’ notification dialogue box.Excited? So am I. Robertonson predicts this change to appear within 2010 - and as it stands his prediction is right on course. But until then current Lala users will undoubtably be at a loss. Refunds have been offered by the service, with the below message posted on the now-closed Lala.com website:
If you purchased web songs on Lala or had an outstanding wallet balance as of May 31st, 2010, an iTunes Store credit code will automatically be sent to your member email address no later than June 14th, 2010. Credit amounts will be based on your account activity as of May 31, 2010. iTunes Store credit amounts will be rounded up to the nearest $1 for refunds under $10, or to the nearest $5 for refunds greater than $10.With the WWDC set to kick off next week, many are wondering whether Steve Jobs is going to give a nod of the head to iTunes.com - or at least a subtle mention. Besides the fourth-gen iPhone and OS 4.0, there's room for another wonder to be presented. And Lala's recent shutdown has happened in time for the conference. You never know; it might just be Steve’s “one more thing”...