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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 LRonaldHubbs on 6/4/2011 5:36:48 PM , Rating: 4
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.

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

Let's'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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