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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 "iCloud.com" 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 omnicronx on 6/3/2011 12:18:23 PM , Rating: -1
I truly can't believe Apple is not going to absorb the cost.

I completely disagree with the double dipping of the record labels here, but the fact remains APPLE chose to push these costs onto the consumer, not the labels.

It should be Apples obligation to pay the streaming licenses if they are truly applicable, not users that have already paid for the very media they want to stream.(and most likely bought from iTunes)

I am truly disgusted, this service could make Apple millions and could further expand their already very powerful iTunes market. They have a huge advantage over their competitors because of their tight integration with their products and as previously noted the fact they already control a large portion of the online music market.


RE: So let me get this straight
By StevoLincolnite on 6/3/2011 1:09:30 PM , Rating: 2
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I truly can't believe Apple is not going to absorb the cost.


Of course not? Apple is a Business not a Charity.

If they can get away with making a couple of extra bucks or pass the costs off to it's customers... It sure as hell will try.
If they cop allot of flack, they might go back a revise the pricing structure... But otherwise if people flock to the service, then expect it to stay.

As another tidbit... You have to remember Apple has NEVER been cheap, they charge more than their competitors for most products because they can get away with it.


RE: So let me get this straight
By bplewis24 on 6/3/2011 5:23:15 PM , Rating: 2
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If they cop allot of flack, they might go back a revise the pricing structure... But otherwise if people flock to the service, then expect it to stay.


When have you known sheep to do anything other than flock?

Brandon


RE: So let me get this straight
By web2dot0 on 6/3/2011 1:11:17 PM , Rating: 2
So, you are disgusted because they are openly telling people how much they charge and what services they are offering? Let the consumer decide. If they charge too much, the customer to let them know. The Invisible Hand my friend .... get over it.

At the end of the day, if people find the service convenient and offers good value, people will use it. Otherwise, it will not work. What the hate buddy? Apple is a FOR PROFIT enterprise, just like every other corporate company in the world. As long as there's no deception, and unfair anti-competition practices, which in the case doesn't seem to be the case, stop the complaining and let it go.


RE: So let me get this straight
By troysavary on 6/3/2011 2:36:15 PM , Rating: 3
I have no problem with Apple charging for the service. Apple pays for the data centre and the bandwidth. They have every right to charge if they want. I have a problem with record labels getting royalties for something they had no involvement in creating (by this I mean the service, not the music. Although I think they get way more than they deserve for the music as well, which is why I tend to only pay for self-produced music these days)


RE: So let me get this straight
By web2dot0 on 6/4/2011 3:16:34 PM , Rating: 1
Why do you care how much the record label get? The question should be whether $25/yr service is worthwhile. As long as the money do not get funnelled into illegal enterprises, consumers are not doing anything indirectly unethical.

The battle on how much labels make out of this service is between them and Apple.

I think it's kind of naive to think that Apple to plunge $1Billion dollars on their datacenter and $100 to record labels and expect it to fail. They have obviously to alot of market research and thought into this project. Judging my Job's record, there's no reason to believe it will fail miserably, like what an-apple fanboy are saying. Don't hate man.

If everyone have all these opinions on how Apple will fail, or charge too much, it's easy, make a better product and show Apple that they failed. The more fan-boys talk about Apple, the more jealous they seem.

It's like trashing the Usain Bolt's time and say how he's too tall to run fast, and have awkward looking form. Let the result do the talking, and find another guy that can beat him. Everything else is just noise my friend.


RE: So let me get this straight
By LRonaldHubbs on 6/4/2011 5:36:48 PM , Rating: 4
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Why do you care how much the record label get? As long as the money do not get funnelled into illegal enterprises, consumers are not doing anything indirectly unethical.

Ha! Good one. You must work for the RIAA.

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The question should be whether $25/yr service is worthwhile.

Let's see...it's $25 a year for a service that could cost $7.50 a year if they weren't paying the labels royalties. Let's see, do I want to pay the RIAA $17.50 a year for doing absolutely nothing, with the knowledge that this money will be spent on lawsuits against countless US citizens and lobbyists who fight to destroy fair use? Gee, that's a tough one. I'll go with N.F.W. .


RE: So let me get this straight
By web2dot0 on 6/6/2011 12:37:21 AM , Rating: 2
Again, ... it's simple don't use the service. This information is out in the open, so it's upto the consumer to decide. There's no smoke and mirrors here. I would agree with you with Apple is hiding this information from the masses, but so far, it doesn't seem like it is.

Now that everyone knows about it, let see what the consumer thinks of the idea. Your constant complaining does nothing but make you look foolish.

Why do you care what people do with their money? Bring down a notch buddy.


By LRonaldHubbs on 6/13/2011 7:38:16 AM , Rating: 2
Why do you care about people voicing their opinions on an open forum? Why is it that anyone who disagrees with you needs to "bring it down a notch"? Having an opinion doesn't mean I'm telling other people what they can and cannot do. Go find a brain buddy.


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