||[Oct. 21st, 2008|12:38 pm]
I'm in love with Lala.com:|
I'm having a hard time finding something to not like about it.
It's a music site combining purchasing, listening, uploading (your online music locker), social stuff, etc.
News about its relaunch today:
"Unfortunately, Lala is currently only available to people in the US." Ah well, file it along with the rest.
unfortunately, old bands are not presented
If they go tits up, then no more music.
Also, unless they changed since I last looked, as you can't download at all (only stream), you're SOL if you're away from the Internet.
2008-10-21 09:24 pm (UTC)
They've changed. You can download mp3s. 10 cents to stream, or 80 cents or whatever to buy the mp3s. And you can apply the 10 cents towards the 80 some cents if you've changed your mind later.
Not to be a shill for my employer or anything, but have you heard of Grooveshark? We just recently turned off music sales, but you can listen to any song you like for free (we pay for streaming rights, not you), upload your library, etc. Not sure why people are excited about Lala, it seems like there are plenty of alternatives that are much better.
Anyway, if you're interested, here's what we have: listen.grooveshark.com
Oh, and it's not georetarded either.
2008-10-22 02:08 am (UTC)
Yay! Another place for me to store a random subset of my social graph!
We need to fix this social networking thing like yesterday.
having been a longtime member and used it extensively, i have lots of gripes about it.
- generic customer service... if you send an email of any kind, it gets signed "customer service" with no name of who responded. this is probably because the responses tend to be cut and paste things, many of which don't relate to what it was you sent the email about, and at least half the messages you try to send never get answered.
- ratio of what you give to what you get. if you work it out mathematically, you'll find that lala is making far more money off you than the value of the cds you get. which makes sense to some extent, they're a business not a charity, but it's a total ripoff. you're far better off just selling the cds at a local shop and buying the ones you want.
- not upfront about how the system really works. they have some back end technique where they give more points or whatever you want to call it to cds which are more popular/desired and less for ones which are less desired. which makes sense, but nowhere will they specify what that is lest the community get pissed off. so they're as vague as possible about it and imply that it's not really that heavily weighted, but in reality it's so heavily weighted that i got maybe 1 cd for every 10 of mine that went away, which was not what the value of the cds was rated at used cd shops etc.
maybe some of these things have changed now, i'd hope so. but my bitterness about them made me quit using it. in all fairness tho, this is strictly about the cd swapping as i haven't tried the newer features
it doesn't work in opera- haha i feel like such a tard when i say that ;)