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  • More Details Emerge about Apple’s iCloud


    It’s no secret that Apple will be unveiling the long awaited iCloud service next week, and now a few more details are beginning to emerge. Steve Jobs is set to take the stage at Moscone Center next week for Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference and it’s already been made clear that iOS 5, Mac OS X Lion and iCloud will be the main focus of the event.

    Apple has delayed iCloud in order to obtain licensing agreements from all of the major record labels before launching the service. Now that Apple has everything in place, they are free to launch iCloud at the WWDC next week.

    According to The Wall Street Journal, “The agreements will let Apple offer an easy way for consumers to create and listen online to their entire music collections, without the time-consuming work of manually transferring or uploading songs.”

    This feature alone will make Apple’s iCloud service a very attractive option to what’s currently available from competing companies. So far, it looks as though iCloud will allow users to stream music from the cloud to any mobile or desktop device. It will also come with a monthly service charge.

    One question remains, however, will this ‘scan and match’ system of scanning a users hard drive, apply only to songs purchased though the iTunes Store, or include every song on the users hard drive? If every song is available, then this will be a key selling point for iCloud.

    “Many in the music industry see such offerings as a key next step in the evolution of digital media, in which music, and eventually video, is convenient and ubiquitous.” There is some indication that Apple will allow video streaming with iCloud at some point as well.

    Current digital music locker services, such as Amazon Cloud Player and Google Music, require users to first upload their music libraries to the site before being able to listen to any songs in the cloud. This can be a time intensive task, especially for people with large music libraries. Also, many internet service providers have usage limits in place and going over monthly allotments can result in serious consequences for the subscriber.

    By this time next week, we’ll know all there is to know about Apple’s iCloud digital music locker service. Hopefully, Apple will hit another home run with this one.

    Source: The Wall Street Journal
    This article was originally published in forum thread: More Details Emerge about Apple’s iCloud started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. Wesss's Avatar
      Wesss -
      I think I might leave MMi until the style changes.
    1. rdwalsh's Avatar
      rdwalsh -
      Quote Originally Posted by ShredNasty View Post
      Wow. IMO an epic fail. First off, where are you going where you'll have a device and webz, but no hard drive? I'm sorry, but I can't understand why everyone is excited or what the point of this is. If you have a laptop, take it with you when you travel. If you own an iPhone, put your music on it. If you own neither, what are you going to play it on? It's redundant. Add a monthly fee to it and web dependency?

      Edit; Monthly subscription AND international data fees......to stream music you could have put on your iPhone? Yep. It's a FAIL.
      On any mobile device, why would I want to carry around all my extra gear, ie external hard drives. On my iPhone/iPad with such limited storage, where I can only hold not even a quarter of my iTunes library...

      This is why people are excited about this possible launch.
    1. shadow25's Avatar
      shadow25 -
      I hate the new website design...

      I seriously doubt that Apple will allow people to stream pirated music. That is just begging for a lawsuit. Doesn't matter that google did it, because Apple is a much larger target than google for lawsuits, especially because they have contracts with various music companies.

      I could also see Apple collecting everyone's pirated MP3s, and forwarding to list to the RIAA or such.
    1. Go Gators's Avatar
      Go Gators -
      iCloud will only be used by a small fraction of the population. I don't know anyone that is willing to pay Apple twice to listen to the same song. Since there won't be a new iPhone this year at WWDC you can bet that Apple is going to be laying the sales pitch on pretty hard for iCloud and Lion.
    1. ShredNasty's Avatar
      ShredNasty -
      Quote Originally Posted by stickyd8 View Post
      Clearly, you are pretty clueless and don't own much digital media. For someone that travels a lot, this is a godsend. I have over 700Gb of movies, TV Shows, and music on my home computer. Sure, I can load up my iPad and/or iPhone with several movies and a bunch of music, but iCloud will allow me to access ANY of my media without having to pick and choose what I want to listen to or watch before I go out of town. It's more of a convenience factor. People's moods change. What if I'm in the mood for an action flick, but I only loaded my devices with comedies. It allows for major flexibility. Also, with the media scan, Apple automatically upgrades your media to a higher quality if yours is sub-par. I'm not sure why anyone is surprised that iCloud will be a monthly subscription service. I have a feeling that it will be $99/year (like MobileMe is now), and include all of their current MobileMe services along with all of the other cloud options. We won't know for sure until Monday, so before you jump the gun and start saying how this is a complete failure, let's wait to see what is actually offered. It's definitely already better than Google and Amazon's offerings.
      Errm. I have a full TB and 3 quarters of my second. Mostly BRRips. I would still rather load what I need and take it with me than pay to listen to and watch the content I've already stolen.