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Thread: Cloud-Based iTunes Next Month?
05-15-2010, 10:15 PM #21
Although I don't see Apple allowing you to store tracks online I can see them going to a subscription based store much like Zune with the difference being they will still allow you to buy individual tracks if you want (I don't know if Zune allows this or not). You can get access to all songs they have in their library and stream them but if a certain track you have in your library isn't in their library you will still have the option to manually store it on your device and listen to it without a connection.
I think it would be smart to cover all bases. Tie this in with a streamlined iTunes store and ability to see upcoming band tours and purchase concert tickets through the store itself and you have a very appealing situation with a built in customer base that dominates the mp3 market as of now."To unpathed waters, undreamed shores." -- William Shakespeare
05-15-2010, 10:37 PM #22
Shouldn't people be running for the hills or something?
I don't like cloud based tech because technically we don't own our products. Well sure we paid for it but we don't have it stored on our computers but instead somewhere far away on another server. This is bad because Apple has more control on what we buy. What if we don't have internet connect or their servers are down? We'd have nothing.
What about jailbreaks and music? I'm pretty sure our music will have to be verified before its sent to the servers in an effort to stop piracy. Jailbreaks will most likely become a lot harder since we need to connect ipods/iphone to the internet to sync with cloud based itunes...
05-16-2010, 01:42 AM #23
I've mentioned this before, but I'll say it again. If this service was offered free it would destroy sales of higher capacity iPhones and iPads. More often than not we are within reach of cell service, so if streaming our entire library were so readily available why both with an extra $100 for another 16gigs? I'm guess this will be a pay service, like Mobile Me, but if it works well they'll happily get my money. My iTunes library is over 250 gigs (all of which is on Lala.com) and I would love access to everything. No way this will be free though.
05-16-2010, 02:16 AM #24
This would be a cool option.... one that will come with a $$ IMHO. I don't see apple doing this for free.
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05-16-2010, 02:20 AM #25
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05-16-2010, 02:58 AM #26
As of yesterday I have exactly 4444 songs in my iTunes,
05-16-2010, 03:37 AM #27
I don't see how this is such a great thing.
1. I bet most of us have iPhones or iPods, if your someone with many thousands of songs, then you probably have an 80GB iPod or similar, so we all have our music "on the go" anywho, and we don't have to worry about data charges (if no wifi) to listen to it.
2. I think it's safe to say that only the music you've purchased via iTunes will be in this cloud, or knowing Apple they'll probably charge you another 30¢ to put it up there like they did with drm-free music. What about the hundreds or thousands of songs you've ripped from CD's you've bought. Many people had mp3s long before iTunes.
3. The only instance I could see myself want to use this would be if I was at a friends house, somehow without my iPhone, and I wanted to listen to some music I bought on iTunes, then I'd log into my account and stream the music. But that situation is gonna me extremely rare if not non-occuring.
05-16-2010, 04:19 AM #28
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05-16-2010, 06:49 AM #30
Just Apple being controlling again...
05-16-2010, 08:42 AM #31
05-16-2010, 08:54 AM #32
That's an utterly retarded argument. It's like saying that a sports shop aren't gonna let me buy a baseball bat unless I prove I'm not gonna use it to smash someones head.
Furthermore why else build the datacenter?
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05-16-2010, 09:28 AM #33
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05-16-2010, 10:14 AM #35
Btw, you have your baseball analogy all wrong, I'm not talking about buying something and proving your gonna use it properly. I'm talking about uploading media that hasn't been purchased via iTunes to Apple Servers.
Apple have never played nice with formats and content that hasn't been purchased from Apple, so why would they start now.
I acknowledge the fact that they have built a datacenter (how many more times are you gonna point it out) and that it may be used for an iTunes Could service - I'm not disputing that. All I'm saying is that it is highly unlikely for Apple to turn around and say, sure heres a loada space for you to upload all your music that we didn't make money from.
05-16-2010, 12:03 PM #36
Fine, it's like saying that I shouldn't be able to deposit anything at a commercial storage facility without proving I haven't stolen it.
Since when was all property assumed stolen?
05-16-2010, 01:03 PM #37
05-16-2010, 01:57 PM #38
In the online storage world, if something you've uploaded is deemed to breach copyright laws etc, then it is removed from most online storage services.
But this isn't a generic storage facility or even a random online storage service...this is Apple we're talking about - they are notorious for only allowing what they want on their services, especially when it comes to their mobile devices, which is where a cloud based iTunes would be primarily used. You clearly haven't been following how Apple have operated over the last 10 or so years.
Hats off to Apple if they do allow you to backup your entire library of music regardless if it was gotten from the iTunes Music Store or not.
Just don't get all excited over something that probably won't happen.
05-16-2010, 03:41 PM #39
I dunno...it just seems so utterly stupid from a business perspective to make a decision that would do nothing but limit their number of potential customers.
05-16-2010, 04:56 PM #40
Does anyone remember the version of iTunes that came with OS8 & 9, came with like 30 odd free tracks, that was sweet, I've still got all of them :-)
Official Apple music haha