Apple to Shut Down on May 31

Apple will be shutting down the Lala streaming music service on May 31. Neither company is saying what comes next, although there have been reports that Apple is planning on using Lala’s technology for a Web-based version of iTunes.

Lala says goodbye

Apple purchased Lala at the end of 2009, and at the time analysts speculated that the deal was part of a bigger plan to host iTunes music through a cloud-based service instead of only on user’s hard drives.

The Lala Web site isn’t offering any hints about what’s in store. The Web page only states “Lala is shutting down,” and advises current subscribers that they can still use the service through May 31, 2010.