AOL shuts down music-related services

Employees from several AOL music-related services tweet the news that their division is closing down.

AOL, which tried for years to become a player in digital music with several online music services, is ending that effort on a down note.

The company is shutting down The Boot, Noisecreep, The Boombox, and Spinner, according to tweets from people involved in those operations.

We've contacted AOL for further comment and will update the post when there is more information.

Earlier, Dan Reilly, who was the editor of Spinner, tweeted out news that the company had laid off the personnel at AOL Music. AOL acquired Spinner in 1999, along with music technology company Nullsoft, for $400 million.

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