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  • Hello June, Goodbye Lala

    The end of May also brought with it the end of LaLa.

    Last night, May 31st, Apple officially shut-down its freshly-acquired music streaming service. The closure of Lala, however, didn't come as a big surprise, given that Apple told the world of its plan to close Lala shortly after the acquisition. Still, it is coming as an unpleasant discovery at the beginning of a new month to find that Lala simply is no more.

    Hoping to make Lala subscribers feel as though they haven't been wronged by the closure, Apple is making it right with those who still have credit with the popular music service. "In appreciation of your support," reads a note on the website, "you will receive a credit in the amount of your Lala web song purchases for use on Apple's iTunes Store."

    Now that Lala is gone, all eyes turn to Apple and its suspected plan to roll out some form of cloud-based version of iTunes, replete with quality streaming capabilities - ostensibly, the reason Apple scooped up Lala in the first place. Clearly, Apple didn't buy Lala just to shut it down. And now with Lala - at least as we knew it - gone from the digital music landscape, it is safe to assume that Apple will make an announcement in the very near future about a sweet little update for iTunes.

    With the new iPhone likely to be introduced next week at the 2010 WWDC, some even expect a streaming service through iTunes to be introduced at the same time, given that the 4th generation iPhone is optimized for a top-notch streaming music/audio experience. While it isn't yet known when Apple will do something with Lala, it is certain that Cupertino will, indeed, do something. But, as usual, we're at the mercy of Apple's mysterious time frame.

    And life without Lala could make the wait feel a whole lot longer.

    Image via LaLa
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Hello June, Goodbye Lala started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. The Maestro's Avatar
      The Maestro -
      That's nice of them, just like when they lowered the price of the original iPhone by $200 and gave me a $100 iTunes card, nice one
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Lala was very cool. Why buy it, shut it down, and then open a cloud based iTunes?
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      That's how Apple handles innovation.
    1. Jawcl's Avatar
      Jawcl -
      That's really too bad, I liked Lala
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Back to using Pandora and such I guess.
    1. eortizr's Avatar
      eortizr -
      I did not even know what LaLa was. We have pandora. Iheart. Lastfm. Etc.
    1. McFearless's Avatar
      McFearless -
      That's such a disappointment. I'm really going to miss being able to stream an entire album before I buy it
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      I used to like Pandora. But now, Slacker Radio FTW. No dark-related songs, unlimited skips for $3/month. Song requests (in which they actually play the song you request, unlike Pandora).
    1. DisneyRicky's Avatar
      DisneyRicky -
      Does anyone think they will close PANDORA next?
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      If the price is right, then yes lol.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Dang. I liked Lala a lot. I liked Lala as much as I disliked iTunes. DAMN YOU APPLE!
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      lukcy i dont, sorry didnt use lala
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      That sucks. So, this is how they win their competition.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Maestro View Post
      That's nice of them, just like when they lowered the price of the original iPhone by $200 and gave me a $100 iTunes card, nice one
      In all things though Apple really didn't even have to give anybody the 100$. They did it more to be nice than anything; and a PR image thing.