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08-03-2010, 09:50 AM #1
iTunes Cloud Service to Start Off "Modest in Scope"
Apple is, indeed, moving forward with the long-awaited cloud-based iTunes service. And while all indications point to a grand unveiling sooner rather than later, it now appears that Apple has limited its initial aims for the service. While Google toils with a rival service, Apple continues to make arrangements with the top labels necessary to secure proper licensing for an elaborate cloud music service. So cumbersome has that process become that Apple is now expected to release a more limited service before the end of the year.
According to CNet, "Eight months after the acquisition (of Lala), Apple is telling executives at the four top labels that if Apple offers any cloud-music features within the next few months, they will likely be modest in scope and not offer the kind of cloud services that Apple had outlined in meetings with the labels, such as storing the music of iTunes users on its servers."
While further set-backs or a more limited service would certainly come as an initial let down to everyone waiting for this eventual reality, Apple has another card it will likely play right out of the gate. Even though the cloud music service may "take a while longer" to prep, Apple is said to be taking equal strides toward a sophisticated cloud-video service, which would naturally be welcomed "by those who have maxed out hard drives with films and TV shows." When Apple finally takes their content to the clouds, all signs point to the creation of "digital shelves" that allow iTunes users to save, categorize, and access movies and other digital media via Apple's servers.
Cloud storage could help overcome one of the roadblocks confronting Apple's top gadgets. The iPad, iPod, and iPhone all have limited ability to store the films, e-books, apps, and songs Apple wants to sell owners of these devices.
08-03-2010, 10:13 AM #2
This cloud based service is not going to be a good thing for people who download music illegally. I'm betting that there will be some sort of security measure in place to not allow uploading of illegally downloaded music to the cloud. Should be interesting how this plays out.
08-03-2010, 10:20 AM #3
Again, only barely significant to people who have bought all their music from the iTunes Music Store.
08-03-2010, 10:27 AM #4
Not to mention all that streaming data over 3g especially for the majority who have a cap on their data usage.
08-03-2010, 10:46 AM #5
blah blah blah... I'll believe it when i see itName? whereswaldo
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08-03-2010, 10:56 AM #6
another reason to hate AT&T
for me, movies over wifi from clouds will deplete a 2gig cap like a puddle in the hot sun
if only tmobile had compatible 3g, here's to hoping for iPhone on another carrier by 2011
08-03-2010, 11:28 AM #7
As long as I don't have to pay extra for the service.
08-03-2010, 12:14 PM #8
This would be nice to free up space but im sure apple will restrict this so you have to use bought music.
08-03-2010, 12:15 PM #9
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08-03-2010, 01:51 PM #12
What benefit do you get from re-encoding an MP3?
08-03-2010, 04:23 PM #13
Useless Info, Yet again ... Why do I keep reading this stuff !!!!
08-03-2010, 05:40 PM #14
no trace that it is illegally downloaded.From the Fire We Shall Ascend
08-03-2010, 07:36 PM #15
I'm not too surprised. I'd love free storage like Lala gave, but I can see how storing over 200GB of my data would cost them a lot and not once did I purchase a track. Heck, I didn't even use my free credits.
08-04-2010, 02:14 AM #16
U r not allowed to even TALK about piracy? What about all the conversation about the future cloud based iTunes...?And everyones worries about their "pirated" music not being able to sync with a cloud iTunes...I don't see anyone being reprimanded in that conversation.
So the general policy here is... Piracy is okay if it's music, but if it has anything to do with software, it can't even be mentioned in a post... Double standard?
Perhaps if this site was full of musicians (instead of software developers, etc) the rules of what is "allowed" to be talked about would be different.
Pretty ridiculous if u ask me.
08-04-2010, 05:26 AM #17
No it is not ok to talk about any kind of piracy.
Talk about piracy is not allowed in the forums. Stay on subject and away from the subject matter of piracy of any kind.
08-04-2010, 09:34 AM #18
08-04-2010, 10:55 AM #19
I'm not worried about streaming on my ipod. 64 gbs? yea. >.>
What I AM worried about is not losing a freaking song once I purchase it.
08-04-2010, 11:16 AM #20
not being allowed to talk about piracy as ridiculous.
It seemed to me it was okay to talk about music piracy, but not software piracy, that's what I thought was ridiculous. But the mods corrected me (Cer0) and said all discusssion of piracy is not allowed... That being said, I think the subject of piracy is a valid issue, that should be able to be discussed and debated to a certain extent... But I don't make the rules, and I will follow the forum rules.
Last edited by iLoveWindows&iPhone; 08-04-2010 at 11:21 AM.