AOL has shuttered its AOL Music division and laid off its staff, according to pink-slipped employees on Twitter.
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, too.
All of AOL Music is shutting down. Thank you all for your support. We had such a blast.
— Spinner.com (@Spinner) April 26, 2013
Dan Reilly, the site’s editor, said on Twitter that he was “sitting in an HR meeting right now, trying to negotiate keeping our computers for a few more days.”
Well, we all just got laid off. AOL Music is finished.
— Dan Reilly (@danreilly11) April 26, 2013
The number of employees laid off remains unclear.
Three AOL spokeswomen did not immediately respond to repeated calls from FishbowlNY requesting comment.