Apple Closes Music Service Lala

Apple has finally shut down Lala, the online music streaming service it acquired late last year, according to a message posted on the music service's website.

The LA Times reports that the closure has come nearly six months after Apple acquired the online music service.

It is rumoured that Apple will use the technology it acquired from Lala to develop an online, cloud-based version of its iTunes music software, allowing users to take their music collection everywhere.

Existing Lala users will be given an iTunes Store credit code for their remaining balance at Lala.com before June 14.

Requests for a cheque refund can also be made. Details of any remaining credit will be e-mailed to users.

The shutdown has also nullified the deal Lala struck with Google Search to play songs on the search engine.

Apple has said nothing about the development, but CEO Steve Jobs is expected to speak on the issue when he attends Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) next week.