Music widget firm Sonific is to pull the plug on May 1.

In a message posted on the online music playing service provider's homepage, co-founder and CEO Gerd Leonhard blames the "unworkable" music licensing environment among the reasons for taking Sonific offline.

However, Leonhard remains keen to resuscitate the firm, and has put the call out to potential third-party partners. "Together with some other partners," he adds, "we may also investigate the concept of making Sonific a paid-for service that is provided to artists, record labels and other content providers on a white-label basis."