La La, also a Delfonics hit
Lala.com reinvented itself again, this time as a streaming music site with a twist. Registered users can listen to any song in its library all the way through one time for free, or unlimited numbers of times by putting into a virtual locker for ten cents. That would be fine if broadband was reliable, fast and easily accessible – criteria that certainly aren’t met in my corner of the world. Meanwhile, downloads are in good quality, unfettered-by-DRM MP3 format for 89 cents each. All four major and thousands of indie labels are licensors.
CEO Geoff Ralston led the launch of Yahoo Mail (as Chief Product Officer), so obviously he’s keen on browser-dependent services. Wikipedia has a rundown Lala’s history if you don’t remember its incarnations as a CD swapping site or WOXY radio. Or you can go back to my interview with co-founder Bill Nguyen from when Lala first launched in 2006 (subscription required, sorry).