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Lala music service to be shut down by Apple May 31

Customers of cloud-streaming music site Lala got an email today informing them that the service, which was purchased by Apple back in December, will be discontinued as of May 31. The email went on to inform subscribers that they would receive a credit to the iTunes store for the amount of their ten-cent Lala streaming-song purchases and/or remaining balance, or refunds upon request. (All downloaded songs will continue to play in their owners’ music libraries.)

It was widely anticipated at the time of Apple’s purchase that they intended to absorb the Lala technology – which houses users’ music libraries in a “cloud” (remote server), rather than on any one device – and there is wide speculation that Apple now intends to launch a cloud-based version of iTunes.

What do you think of this turn of events, Mixers? We’ll bring you more news as it happens, but in the meantime, any happy/irate Lala/Apple users out there? Support groups forming now.

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Originally posted April 30 2010 — 8:37 PM EDT

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