It’s almost been a week now and we’ve never missed a website more. On May 31st, Lala.com shut down for good. Lala allowed you to upload all your music and listen to it anywhere you had Internet access. Brilliant right?! Apple obviously thought so too. In December 2009 Apple acquired Lala for $80M. Apple is now issuing Lala refunds to users.
What’s The Future For Lala?
Many people speculate that Lala’s streaming features will eventually be integrated into future versions of iTunes. Or maybe Apple just wanted to kill the company to take a potential competitor off the table. Regardless, Lala will be missed. Especially by myself. It took me almost 4 months to upload 80,000+ songs to Lala. I guess it was just a huge waste of time.
Lala Refunds Issued As iTunes Store Credit
If you purchased any music on Lala, or still had an account credit as of May 31, 2010, then an iTunes Store credit code will be emailed to you by June 14th, 2010.
- Wait for Apple to email you a Lala.com credit code
- Download iTunes for Mac or Windows from iTunes.com.
- Open iTunes and click iTunes Store.
- Click Redeem under Quick Links.
- Enter the code included in your email
Until Apple does something with Lala, we’re back to using its less sexy and lamer cousins, Pandora and Sirius Online. Yuck. If we want to overdose on advertising (Pandora) or low-quality tin can sound (Sirius), then we can just turn on the radio. RIP Lala.
Frank Wilson is a retired teacher with over 30 years of combined experience in the education, small business technology, and real estate business. He now blogs as a hobby and spends most days tinkering with old computers. Wilson is passionate about tech, enjoys fishing, and loves drinking beer.