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06-01-2011, 03:32 AM #1
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
06-01-2011, 04:53 AM #2
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.
Last edited by ShredNasty; 06-01-2011 at 04:55 AM.
06-01-2011, 04:54 AM #3
"Hopefully, Apple will hit another home run with this one."
Just like mobile me was when it first launched.
06-01-2011, 05:43 AM #4
This feature doesn't appeal to me, WAH WAH WAH. Also this is not 4chan.
06-01-2011, 06:05 AM #5
06-01-2011, 06:22 AM #6
I don't understand why there is so much hype about paying to only listen to music when when you'e connected to reasonably snappy internet.
If you're going somewhere without your computer, it's odds on that your iPod is in your pocket.
06-01-2011, 06:46 AM #7
06-01-2011, 06:54 AM #8
Why do I have to click further into a story to see the comments. Why does only 1 only ever show on the story page.?
You click on a story Headline to get to the story page but all you see then is
You have to then click "view original post" to see more than more comment.
Why is MMi so broken and awful looking?
06-01-2011, 07:11 AM #9
You sir, are a moron. Yes, another monthly fee does not sound good, but this service, just like all the other cloud services, makes a lot of sense. I have a 16gb iPhone. I have a 30gb music library. Do the math. Also, I'd rather not drag my laptop to work with me so that I can listen to my music library. Lately I've been using Grooveshark, but I'd rather have 1 unified library. This makes a lot of sense. Think of all the scenarios before you post mindless banter.
06-01-2011, 07:57 AM #10
@andypropaganda and @stickyd8, is all of your content purchased through itunes? have music that dates back to things called CD's and movies I have ripped to my pc from DVD's. Do you think apple are going to allow me or you to stream non itunes media? I have about 20 albums from itunes no way would I pay $99 a year to have access to that everywhere. I don't see the point. What if you wanted to get a cheaper movie download from amazon and use with icloud probably won't happen.
Its just forcing everyone to iTunes for their digital media.
LONG LIVE LOCAL STORAGE.
06-01-2011, 08:10 AM #11
06-01-2011, 08:17 AM #12
Apple: Oh hi sony! were gonna give people access to your music library regardless of weather or not they have purchased the song from us.
Sony: Sure **** it, we don't like making money anyways.
Apple: Us Neither!
06-01-2011, 08:24 AM #13
But then again, Apple isn't Google and will probably only allow iTunes purchased media because Apple doesn't allow anything that isn't theirs on anything. It's a safe assumption to make
06-01-2011, 08:38 AM #14
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06-01-2011, 09:14 AM #17
Cloud is just the industry buzz-word to replace the word internet.
Gmail, Google Docs, iWork.com, every single website and internet service ever, are examples of "Cloud" Computing. I hate the term because it makes people think it's a brand new fangled idea, when it's not. It's just now home and mobile consumer broadband is finally becoming fast enough for "Cloud" services to enter the mainstream.
06-01-2011, 09:16 AM #18
06-01-2011, 09:17 AM #19
Myself, along with many others, will find this service incredibly useful and will be happy to pay a fee for it. While it may not be perfect for you, that hardly makes it a "FAIL".21.5" iMac 3.06 GHz Intel Core i3 l 15" MacBook Pro 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 l 17" PowerBook 1.67 GHz
iPhone 4 32 GB l TV 160 GB l 32 GB iPad
06-01-2011, 09:20 AM #20
But I agree that this being Apple, they'll restrict any service to iTunes Purchased Songs only.