Lala

Beaming tunes to Apple's secret cloud

January 20, 2010: 6:24 AM ET

It took Lala's Music Mover more than a week to upload my modest iTunes library

If Michael Robertson is right -- and I believe he is -- Apple (AAPL) is about to use its $85 million purchase of Lala to create a browser-based music service that will let users access their iTunes music collections from the Web.

The service could become available as early as next Wednesday, says Robertson, a 12-year digital music industry veteran, as part of Apple's "latest creation" extravaganza.

But you don't have to wait until next week to see how it works. You can download Lala's free Music Mover from Lala.com and start uploading your library today. You just have to be prepared to give it some time to get the job done.

I started uploading my library three days after Apple's Lala deal was announced. A week later, the Music Mover was still hard at work in the background, uploading and transcoding a 6,000-song library that by today's standards is rather modest. Here are the facts: More

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