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iCloud could be the name of Apple's new cloud storage system

Many tech giants have either launched, or are in the process of launching cloud-based storage services for music, media and documents. Fierce competition has moved to the digital world in regards to music especially, and none of the big players want to be left behind. 

Amazon released its Cloud Drive and Cloud Player in March, which offers 5 GB of online storage for free. It also saves MP3's from Amazon's store automatically to the cloud along with other uploaded files like music, photos, movies and documents. Amazon customers can also upgrade to 20 GB for one year through the purchase of an MP3 album from Amazon.com. But Amazon encountered legal issues with record labels when it failed to obtain new licensing rights. Amazon has since met with these labels to discuss legal matters.  

Google was expected to launch a cloud storage service as early as last Christmas, but held off due to its licensing-related search for a subscription service. Currently, Google is still in talks with Warner Music Group, EMI Group, Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment. In addition, reports have noted that a change in upper management may be contributing to the delay. On April 1, Larry Page, co-founder of Google, became chief executive while Eric Schmidt was moved up to executive chairman.  

Now, Apple is stepping into the cloud storage ring with a completed online music storage locker that reportedly will be released before Google's cloud system, and reports are saying that Apple will call it iCloud. This tip comes from the rumor that Apple may be the recent buyer of the domain iCloud.com.

Apple's online music storage system will allow iTunes users to store music on a remote server and access it from several different devices.

ICloud.com was originally owned by Xcerion, which is a Sweden-based desktop-as-a-service company. Recently, Xcerion renamed its service CloudMe and bought the domain CloudMe.com on April 5. 

The anonymous source, who is close to Xcerion, said Apple bought the domain iCloud.com from Xcerion for $4.5 million. 



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RE: Something interesting is coming
By Tony Swash on 4/29/2011 9:31:39 AM , Rating: 2
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Now when we look at from that perspective, it is now Apple with all of their eggs in the consumer basket, while Microsoft are the ones that are immensely successful in the business sector, just touching the iceberg of the consumer market.


I wasn't going to bother to reply but that last paragraph is so laughable I felt compelled to.

Let's just recap shall we. Apple have entered three entirely new markets in the last ten years, mp3 players, phones and tablets, in which previously they had zero products and zero sales. In each of these three new market there were strong existing incumbents with years of track record. In each of these three new markets Apple have triumphed, completely disrupted the existing competitors and made monumental profits.

Apple's iPod destroyed all other mp3 players in the market and was never threatened by competitors (including the anaemic Zune) and Apple became the largest music retailer and now owns the world's largest digital goods market place.

Apple's iPhone is now a business bigger on it's own than Google's entire business, and is a business which has doubled in sales in the last year.

Apple's iPad business, although only a year old, is big enough that if it were a stand alone company it would be in the Fortune 500.

In the same time period Microsoft did what? What new markets did Microsoft triumph in? In what new markets or with what new products have Microsoft triumphed, where have they disrupted existing competitors and made meaningful profits?

Microsoft built at huge expense a large game console business (only to see iOS games outsell all console games combined) which has never made a return on it's capital. If Microsoft had put the billions it spent on xbox into deposit account it would have made more in interest than it did in sales. The Xbox business on it's own would be bankrupt. Even worse Bing now makes losses bigger than it's revenues. Microsoft's attempts at entering new markets with new products have been pathetic.


By morphologia on 4/30/2011 6:29:25 PM , Rating: 2
All this and you refer to Microsoft as a monopoly?

Apple got where it is by the fanboy worship of fad whores.


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