We talk about music more than baseball here at The Juice, so when we find a new album we love, we usually talk about it. Instead, I'm going to tell you about a new web service at Lala.com that looks to be the online iTunes. It's more fun to explore and find all the features, but here's the key ones:
* Buy mp3's online for 89 cents each, with no DRM.
* Listen to new songs by streaming them. The first stream is free for music discovery, the next streams are 10 cents, which can be applied if you buy the tune. You can also buy "web albums" which are essentially eternal streams.
* Listen to your collection of music from your browser, from anywhere.
* An easy to use uploader for your current music collection.
* Social matching, based on your friends' music.
So far, everything on the service "just works." It's a lot like the old MP3.com in ways, combined with Last.fm. Supposedly Lala has legal arrangements with the necessary parties, so it shouldn't suffer the fate of others. This is just another one of the services that has me really worried about Comcast's bandwidth caps. Check it out and "friend" me if you like it.