Apple could be looking towards a streaming future, as the company has reportedly bought LaLa, a streaming music service based out of Palo Alto, California. LaLa specializes in on-demand streaming music, which lets users transport their music libraries online, as well as access a catalog of over 7 million songs.
The advantage of a service like LaLa is that your library can be located in one place, but accessed from a variety of places: at home, on your mobile phone, at work ... anywhere that is connected to the web.
A report in the New York Times says that "Apple would primarily be buying Lala’s engineers, including its energetic co-founder Bill Nguyen, and their experience with cloud-based music services."
So how will Apple use LaLa? Are they going to integrate it into iTunes, and allow an iTunes library to be available on the web? Or do they just want to get a look under the hood of LaLa's technology?
One things for certain: we are deep into the transition from storing all of your music on your own MP3 player to a time when music is stored somewhere on the Internet, a.k.a. the cloud.