In a recent article, DailyTech reported that Apple is
looking to revamp its MobileMe service by allowing users to store all kinds of
content on Apple's servers for less than the original $99/year fee. Now, it
looks like these changes are finally coming to fruition.
Apple's MobileMe service
is a subscription-based collection of online services and software that was
originally introduced in 2000 under the name iTools. It was initially made available
for Mac users, but was later called MobileMe in 2008, which is for Mac OS X,
iOS and Windows users, after a series of name changes.
February 2011, Apple discontinued the sale of MobileMe through its retail
stores, and made it so that users had to sign up for a 60-day free trial of
MobileMe through Apple's website. After that, the MobileMe user is charged $99
to continue the use of these services.
Apple is looking to make more changes to their MobileMe service. According to The
Music Void, Apple has struck a deal with Warner Music Group that will
allow for a new MobileMe music component called a "locker," which is
rumored to be a service that stores a users "digital life" in the
cloud. Apple is also using this new deal to lure in other labels in hopes of
reaching agreements with them as well.
addition, Apple is constructing a $1 billion data center in North Carolina as a
hub to offer these new MobileMe services, as well as the new cloud-based iTunes
music streaming service that Apple is currently working on. This new iTunes
service will offer backups for downloaded songs in case the originals are
damaged or lost, and will also allow users to download to their iPod, iPad and iPhone devices
through one iTunes account. The locker for MobileMe may be linked to this new
iTunes feature in some way, but this is only a rumor at this point.
and improved MobileMe is due to be released in April, and while previous
reports have said that this new plan would be free, The Music Void is placing
a $20 price tag on the annual subscription service.