Sadly, we must report that Lala.com will end its service of streaming gazillions of albums and songs on 31 May. This follows in the wake of its December 2009 purchase by Apple.
Touch Reviews speculates that this may well mean that we see streaming from iTunes in the future as Apple integrates Lala’s talented tech team into their product mix. Nothing along those lines has been confirmed as of yet.
Lala never quite found a strong revenue model and it’s too bad because the product was superb. PopMatters and thousands of other websites also embedded Lala content in their articles and blogs.
Will there be a similar offering down the road by Apple itself or some new partner? Will the Spotify partnership with Facebook and iTunes satisfy the demand of US listeners? Can Soundclound grow into a true Lala replacement? As of 31 May, there will be a void in the streaming music space and we all know that generally, businesses crowd in to fill a void. Ultimately, the biggest question is: Can a free, membership- driven streaming music service ever be a profitable proposition?