Lala.com, the music site that allowed users to scan their own digital audio connections, then access those same recordings from anywhere via lala’s web interface, is shutting down at the end of May. Lala was recently purchased by Apple Inc., with most pundits presuming that Apple wanted Lala’s programmers and intellectual property to enhance future versions of iTunes.
Emails today to Lala users discuss the shutdown and the future of customers’ Lala-purchased music:
The Lala service will be shut down on May 31st.
In appreciation of your support over the last five years, you will receive a credit in the amount of your Lala web song purchases for use on Apple’s iTunes Store. If you purchased and downloaded mp3 songs from Lala, those songs will continue to play as part of your local music library.
Remaining wallet balances and unredeemed gift cards will be converted to iTunes Store credit (or can be refunded upon request). Gift cards can be redeemed on Lala until May 31st.