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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 web2dot0 on 6/6/2011 12:47:35 AM , Rating: 2
Again, no one should care whether record labels get money, as long as the business is legal, ethical (and not anti-competition) and transparent (no hidden costs). So Apple struck a deal with the Labels. What's that got to do with us?

It's like saying that Company C signed a deal with Company A, but Company A subcontracted their work to Company B. At the end of the day, Company C interacts with Company A, not B. If Company C is satisfied with the work, everyone is happy.

This constant complain just took like sour grapes. Don't hate the rich. If you don't like it, don't use it. Let the Market decide.

Who says who deserves the money? You? Me? Are you some sort of Judge and Executioner?

If somebody can come up with a better solution, go right ahead, implement it and let'er rip! I'm all for bypassing record labels and promotion companies. In this state of age, we are on the verge of a break through in the music industry where Artist and get themselves famous through non-traditional means.

But before the breakthrough happens, what we have now it's the best we've got for Artist to be massively successful. The market have spoken .... for now.

Bring it down a notch buddy.

By LRonaldHubbs on 6/13/2011 7:35:37 AM , Rating: 2
Most of your post has nothing to do with what I said. And clearly the irony of your posts is entirely lost on you. You keep ranting about how none of us should have an opinion on this, yet you continue to spew your opinion about it. Of all the opinions anyone could have on this subject, your is possibly the single most retarded one, because instead of discussing the issue you just tell everyone not to discuss it. Extract your head from your arse buddy.

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