Apple’s shutting Lala, sets off iTunes plan speculation

April 30, 2010

That was quick.

Apple is shutting down Lala, the Web ‘cloud-based’ music service it bought last December for a rumored $80 million. It has been widely expected that Apple would eventually integrate the music service into the iTunes platform to offer a subscription service based in the cloud.

The speculation on various blogs is that such a service may still be in the works, although maybe not right away.

Apple as usual wouldn’t tell us what their plans are, but they did promise to refund Lala’s customers. Lala, if you remember, was founded by the irrepressible Bill Nguyen, a serial entrepreneur with the energy of a jack-in-a-box.  Just this month Nguyen has been showing off his amazing enviromentally-friendly surfing hideaway in Hawaii to the readers of WSJ Magazine.

 Lala-Bill Nguyen

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