AOL Closes AOL Music, Reportedly Lays Off Staff
April 26, 2013

According to multiple reports, AOL has shut down its AOL Music service and laid off its staff. AOL Music editor Dan Reilly tweeted this afternoon, "Well, we all just got laid off. AOL Music is finished." AOL Music's Spinner website also announced in a tweet, "All of AOL Music is shutting down. Thank you all for your support. We had such a blast." However, this tweet was subsequently deleted, according to multiple reports. 

Mediabistro notes that AOL has consolidated some its online content under The Huffington Post, while AOL acquired in February of 2011. AOL Music's flagship music site was Spinner, which had originated as an online radio service in the early '90s.

Spinner Hip-Hop editor Paul Cantor also confirmed the news, tweeting, "Just lost my job. Actually I'm in the room losing it right this second, while tweeting. So yeah, hit me with any opportunities."

AOL Radio is not affected by the closing of AOL Music. AOL Radio PD Thomas Chau tweeted, "AOL Radio will still be around and so I will still be doing that for the time being." He later added, "To be clear since some seem to be confused, AOL Radio is not shutting down."

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