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Steve Jobs is expected to showcase iCloud on June 6

Many tech competitors have been releasing cloud-based storage services over the past few months, including Amazon's Cloud Drive, which launched in late March and encountered legal troubles with record companies, and Google Music, which was released in early May.

For a while there, many wondered when Apple would join the cloud club. But in late April, rumors started circulating that Apple bought the domain "" for $4.5 million, and from there, Apple met with record labels and plans to demo the new service this month.

While Apple may be last in line to launch a cloud-based service, it made sure the wait was worth it. What Apple has that others don't is licensing agreements with four major record labels, including Warner Music Group, EMI Music, Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music. These deals are fit to benefit both Apple and record labels because Apple will have the freedom to offer additional features on its service, and record labels will get a cut of the revenue, which is something they've been fighting for ever since illegal downloading came about. Record labels also hope to show Google and Amazon that Apple will prosper with licensing rights on its side, possibly encouraging the two tech giants to do the same.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the annual subscription fee for iCloud will likely be $25. While parts of iCloud could be offered for free for those who purchase Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, the $25 fee for hosting music in the cloud may be a separate service from the free parts.

For every $25 subscription, 70 percent will go to record labels, 12 percent will go to those with the songwriting rights and the last 18 percent will go to Apple. This means that record labels will receive $17.50, those with songwriting rights will get $3 and Apple will receive $4.50 for every iCloud subscription.

Music will be iCloud's main focus for now, but is expected to eventually include movies, TV shows and more at a later time. Many believe it will resemble the content currently hosted by MobileMe.

In other Apple-related news, a new version of the Time Capsule, which is a wireless network-attached storage device, is currently undergoing testing at Apple. The new device will silently cache software updates for any devices that consistently connect to the Wi-Fi network without user intervention. It will allow iOS or Mac users to install software updates from local caches instead of waiting for a download. In addition, some believe the new Time Capsule will allow the iPhone and iPad to undergo software updates without being tethered to a Mac, and also expect that the new storage device will be tied to the cloud. The release date of the new Time Capsule is currently unknown.

Steve Jobs is expected to showcase Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, iCloud and iOS 5 on June 6.

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RE: So let me get this straight
By yomamafor1 on 6/3/2011 11:58:49 AM , Rating: 2
Because apparently according to the labels, they did not grant you the right to stream the music you just bought over the internet. You'll have to pay extra for that.

RE: So let me get this straight
By MrTeal on 6/3/2011 12:16:51 PM , Rating: 4
Are you surprised? If they could figure out how and get away with it, the labels would have you paying extra for humming a song in the shower.

RE: So let me get this straight
By blppt on 6/5/2011 10:54:38 AM , Rating: 2
ROFL...this post deserves a 6.

RE: So let me get this straight
By drycrust3 on 6/5/2011 2:57:44 PM , Rating: 2
the labels would have you paying extra for humming a song in the shower.

Ummm .... I suspect you would if someone hears you because you are performing.
Think of it this way: if a man sings in a forest, and there is no one to hear him, then is he really singing?

RE: So let me get this straight
By 85 on 6/3/2011 12:56:24 PM , Rating: 2
I'm a little surprised in Jobs on this one.

RE: So let me get this straight
By Ticholo on 6/3/2011 4:32:49 PM , Rating: 3
Did they grant me the right to stream the music to my earphones? Both of them or just one? If it's both and I am deaf in one ear, can I get a discount? More likely I'll have to pay extra in that case, though...

Pretty soon you'll be paying for the music over the internet and then you'll have to go to the label's HQ where they fit you into a small, well-lit room with a camera on the ceiling so you can enjoy your purchase. All this so you have the best possible experience, of course!

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