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Apple to Shut Down Lala

9:40 AM -- Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) music site Lala.com sent an email out to its users yesterday, informing them that the site is shutting down on May 31.

The site is not accepting new users, and current users will receive iTunes credit to the amount of their Lala Web song purchases and remaining balances. Users who have downloaded songs from Lala will still be able to play them.

Some are speculating that Apple, which acquired Lala six months ago, is shutting the site down now because it's using the site's streaming technology to launch a Web-based version of iTunes -- possibly as soon as this June.

Of course, others are more cautious. MediaMemo's Peter Kafka says Apple is talking with music labels about a Web-based iTunes, but the talks are still preliminary.

In other news:

  • YouTube Inc. is looking to expand its role in live sporting events, after recent success broadcasting 60 cricket matches from the Indian Premier League. YouTube's IPL channel attracted 50 million views from around the world, about 25 percent more than Google execs had expected, and attracted several major advertisers like Coca-Cola and Hewlett-Packard. As a result, Google is now apparently having "new conversations with lots of folks," The New York Times says.

  • Apple had sold its 1 millionth iPad on Friday, the company announced today, adding that iPad users have downloaded 12 million apps from the App Store and 1.5 million e-books from the iBookstore. "One million iPads in 28 days -- that's less than half of the 74 days it took to achieve this milestone with iPhone. Demand continues to exceed supply," CEO Steve Jobs, said in the press release.

  • The New York Times wants to know if you've heard that kids nowadays talk to each other using newfangled technology like Facebook and text messages. Weird, right?

    — Erin Barker, Digital Content Reporter, Light Reading Cable

  • sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 4:37:31 PM
    re: Apple to Shut Down Lala

    Lala's technology could have interesting implications for video too. The rumors of an Apple TV subscription service have been circulating for some time now. Streaming technology like Lala's could easily enable that.

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