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Apple just signed with EMI Music and is close to closing deals with Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group as well

Amazon and Google may have beat Apple in the race for a cloud music storage service, but Apple may have one-upped them both by obtaining licensing agreements first.

Amazon announced the release of its cloud-based storage service called Cloud Drive back in late March, but record labels complained that the online retailer had not discussed new licensing rights for this service and claimed that it was illegal. Amazon eventually met with record labels last month, but have not reached any agreements yet.

Google released its cloud-based storage service called Google Music just over a week ago, allowing users to upload 20,000 music files and access them from any computer and Android device. But many expect record labels to go after Google as well because the service allows users to store pirated copies of songs instead of just legitimately purchased songs like Apple's iTunes.

Apple may be third in the race, but it is ahead of the game as far as licensing rights go. Previous reports noted that Apple already struck a deal with Warner Music Group, but now, the tech giant has signed an agreement with EMI Music and is close to closing deals with Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group as well. These deals are expected to be completed as early as next week.

With licensing agreements, Apple will be able to release features on its cloud service that others cannot. For instance, Apple will utilize a "scan and match" feature that searches a user's computer for music they own, and adds it to the cloud. This feature originated in Apple's music service Lala, which it acquired in 2009. With Amazon and Google's cloud services, users must perform this process manually.

Record companies are also pleased with the deals made with Apple because record execs feared that other cloud services would follow Amazon's example and release cloud-based storage/players without giving record companies a piece of the pie. With Apple, the world's most valuable brand, on their side, record companies are gunning for success and hoping to show Amazon and Google what they're missing.

Apple has not released any details regarding the date of the cloud's release or details regarding the deals made with record companies at this time, but plans to have the top four record companies on its side just in time for the company's Worldwide Developers Conference on June 6.

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One can only hope...
By Iaiken on 5/19/2011 12:29:14 PM , Rating: 5
But many expect record labels to go after Google as well because the service allows users to store pirated copies of songs instead of just legitimately purchased songs like Apple's iTunes.

I sincerely hope that the record labels and RIAA go after Google and wind up suffering a loss that could only be described as a "curb stomp".

As far as the RIAA is concerned, MP3's from my own CD's are "illegally pirated copies" and the only way around their pile of legal BS is to buy an additional digital copy of the song from iTunes. F*** that noise.

RE: One can only hope...
By Azethoth on 5/19/11, Rating: -1
RE: One can only hope...
By NaughtyGeek on 5/19/2011 3:16:10 PM , Rating: 2

the RIAA said that the MP3 files on a PC owned by a file-sharing defendant who had admitted to ripping them himself were "unauthorized copies."

It's common knowledge that that is their position on the matter. What rock have you been hiding under?

RE: One can only hope...
By Iaiken on 5/19/2011 3:32:21 PM , Rating: 2
It was the official RIAA position in 2006:

And 2007:

And 2008:

It wasn't until 2009 that they started backing away from that statement, but instead focused their attention on making circumventing copy protections or encryption a crime and of itself. Thus bypassing DRM on a music CD in order to create an MP3 that you can access from the cloud would be illegal.

When this failed, the RIAA switched gears again to instead work with governments and ISP's to try and create a model that would allow them to cut off internet access to file sharers.

Hence why the Google cloud is such a dangerous problem for them; I can upload music to my cloud and allow others to listen to streams from it. The RIAA can't say boo about it unless they can conclusively prove that it wasn't me who accessed it from the remote PC AND that the streaming data was recorded to create an additional copy.

The closer we move to an environment where internet devices are ubiquitous, the more f***ed the RIAA and MPAA are because the legal framework just can't keep up.

RIAA is lobbying hard
By vision33r on 5/19/2011 1:20:10 PM , Rating: 2
This is why we should support artists that publish their own music independently without a record label. They are the biggest leeches.

I gladly pay $10 to purchase an album from an artist that I like that sells their music directly via any Cloud music service and not backed by a record label.

RE: RIAA is lobbying hard
By Azethoth on 5/19/2011 2:10:15 PM , Rating: 1
You are right. We should only support artists that market their stuff themselves. Only weak artists with no business and marketing sense themselves use record labels. We need to stop them, no matter how good their music may be.

We should also only support singers that make music videos featuring themselves. That would cut down on ugly artists and those too lazy to get videos made.

RE: RIAA is lobbying hard
By tng on 5/19/2011 6:42:26 PM , Rating: 2
I have paid $20 direct to artists for music that I like. Nothing like handing the money direct to the hands of the musician when picking up a CD.

I think that putting anything on the "Cloud" will only cause you headaches in the future. Sooner or later someone via the legal system (RIAA) or a hacker will gain access and then watch out.

Will the RIAA sue you for file sharing because some hacker downloaded your library off the cloud? I would not put it past them....

By therealnickdanger on 5/19/2011 12:03:51 PM , Rating: 2
Screw data-mining clouds, I'll just access my own files on my own server remotely, thank you.

By HrilL on 5/19/2011 1:18:55 PM , Rating: 2
Completely agree. I've been doing this for years. Now that my cable company offers 50Mbps down I can stream HiDef movies as well.

<3 cloud storage
By tekzor on 5/19/2011 12:03:21 PM , Rating: 2
I really like using amazon's cloud drive. Not sure if will use apples though. Cloud storage is great for music but not good for files.

Can't wait
By HrilL on 5/19/2011 1:17:08 PM , Rating: 2
For Google and Amazon or mp3tunes (who is currently fighting in court) to win and Apple will have this deal where they get to pay the record labels for something they don't have to. Sure Amazon and Google may have to pay more for storage but Apple will likely have to pay even more in licensing.

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