Peter Kafka

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ITunes in the Cloud Is Still MIA, May Stay That Way

Ever since Apple bought Lala in December, tech prognosticators have told us that an “iTunes in the cloud,” featuring all the streaming music you could dream of, was just around the corner. But it has yet to show up, even though Lala has gone away. And it doesn’t seem to be coming any time soon, CNET’s Greg Sandoval reminds us–Apple doesn’t have deals with the labels and doesn’t seem to be pushing hard for them (but Google seems keen on launching its own service). So what is Apple up to? One clue: The Lala team is now reportedly working on a video project.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work