One of the Interweb’s most popular music streaming sites, Lala, begins to wind down operations today. The site is no longer accepting new users and plans to officially close on May 31, 2010.
Reports by engadget and other sites were confirmed early this morning as Lala users were greeted with the ominous news as they headed to their account login pages. Lala was recently acquired by Apple, and all Lala accounts will be transferred to Apple’s iTunes operation. Lala’s message to their users can be read below. We’re sad to see Lala go. It was great while it lasted.
Message detailing end of service to LaLa.com users:
You will be able to access and play all music in your Lala collection through May 31, 2010. Any mp3 songs purchased and downloaded from Lala will continue to play as part of your local music library. You can continue to purchase mp3 songs through May 31st using your wallet balance or other payment methods.
As of today, web songs, wallets, and gift cards are no longer available for purchase on Lala. Uploads have been discontinued, and we are not accepting new users for the service.
Web songs. In appreciation of your support, you will receive a credit in the amount of your Lala web song purchases for use on Apple’s iTunes Store.
Wallet balances. If you have an outstanding wallet balance on May 31st, we will also issue you an iTunes Store credit for that amount. If you prefer to have your wallet balance refunded to you via check, you must make that request by May 31st.
Unredeemed Gift Cards. Gift cards can be redeemed on Lala until May 31st. The gift card amount will be added to your wallet balance, and included as part of your wallet balance refund.