AOL Music Shuts Down
April 26, 2013 at 1:30 PM (PT)
AOL MUSIC Editor DAN REILLY tweeted, "Well, we all just got laid off. AOL MUSIC is finished," and then followed up, "Sitting in an HR meeting right now, trying to negotiate keeping our computers for a few more days."
AOL MUSIC Hip-Hop Editor PAUL CANTOR tweeted, "Just lost my job. Actually I'm in the room losing it right this second, while tweeting. So yeah, hit me with any opportunities."
MEDIABISTRO.COM reports, "SPINNER.COM, a rock-music news site under the AOL MUSIC banner, announced suddenly on THURSDAY afternoon that it was shutting down. Minutes later, it said in a tweet that the entire music editorial division of the media giant, which owns THE HUFFINGTON POST, was closing."
SPINNER tweeted to its 48.000 followers, "Hey guys. Just found out from AOL that we're shutting down. Today is our last day. Seriously" ... before deleting the tweet.
Often considered to be the first Internet music service, SPINNER was acquired by AOL on JUNE 1st, 1999, along with NULLSOFT for $400 million. THE NEXTWEB reports. In 2002, AOL combined SPINNER with its Netscape portal to form NETSCAPE RADIO and in 2008, SPINNER was revamped by AOL as a music site, featuring exclusive interviews with recording artists, streams of albums and live performances, and free daily downloads.