It’s been eight months since Apple’s acquisition of Lala, a music-streaming service that led to speculation as to how Apple was going to handle the media-streaming market.
Since the acquisition, many consumers have been asking for ways to begin streaming their iTunes music to their iDevices. Many of us thought that when Apple acquired Lala, we would be able to stream iTunes music to the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. However, the “iTunes in the Cloud” concept is not a reality yet.
But, a recent update to Apple’s iDisk service has added a bit of a workaround, which allows you to stream music to your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Even though the new update allows you to play music files stored on iDisk, you still have to manually move or copy music files into your iDisk.
For those not familiar with the iDisk service, it’s an online file storage offered by Apple to all MobileMe members that enables them to store their digital photos, movies and personal files online so they can be accessed remotely. Users can access files including: iWork, Microsoft Office, PDFs, QuickTime movies, and JPEGs via me.com, and also via Apple mobile devices.
With iDisk’s latest version (1.2), Apple has now added the ability for you to play audio from iDisk while using another app on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. The update also adds multi-tasking support for iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS users, which allows them to quickly switch between another app and back to iDisk.
Keep in mind that you must be a MobileMe subscriber in order to access the new iDisk feature. In addition, to access music on iDisk, you have to select and manually add files to the service rather than use the usual syncing option provided by iTunes.