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SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – May 29, 2011

SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – May 29, 2011

Perhaps the two biggest topics of the week, the Google Wallet announcement and Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.1 Mango unveiling, brought exciting new developments for the two mobile platforms. More speculation continued on what Apple has planned for next month's WWDC, where the company is expected to unveil the new iOS 5, OS X Lion, and possibly the iCloud---iTunes cloud music service. In anticipation, Amazon's been competing even more aggressively to campaign for its Cloud Drive and Cloud Player services. Continue after the cut for the roundup video and the pertinent links to everything covered in the video.

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Apple iCloud could be MobileMe bundle, mirror even pirated tracks

Apple iCloud could be MobileMe bundle, mirror even pirated tracks

With Apple's WWDC 2011 just weeks away, the race is on to finalize the expected cloud music streaming system - aka iCloud - for an official debut at the keynote. According to BusinessWeek, Apple is still yet to clinch Universal Music's agreement, though a deal is said to be close; the terms are believed to include the ability to scan a user's local music collection and then recreate it in cloud storage from high-quality master recordings, even - it's said - if some of the tracks were originally obtained illegally, as part of a broadened MobileMe subscription.

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Lady Gaga 99-Cent Album On Amazon

Lady Gaga 99-Cent Album On Amazon


Lady Gaga fans may be some of the first to be roped into Amazon's CloudPlayer service. The online retailer giant has just begun selling the attention-hungry pop diva's latest album, Born This Way, for $0.99. Yes, the entire album of 14 songs plus a booklet all for the price you'd pay for one song from iTunes. What's the motivation behind this?

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Apple iTunes iCloud Music Service Might Not Launch At WWDC?

Apple iTunes iCloud Music Service Might Not Launch At WWDC?

Apple's much anticipated cloud-based iTunes music service, possibly dubbed iCloud, is ramping up for an imminent reveal, but will it be during next month's WWDC developer conference? Just this morning, reports seemed optimistic with Sony joining EMI and Warner Music in reaching agreeable licensing terms with Apple. It seemed like Universal Music Group would be the last piece of the puzzle, but this may not be the case.

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Sony joins Apple cloud-music scheme; Universal accord imminent?

Sony joins Apple cloud-music scheme; Universal accord imminent?

Hot on the heels of talk that Apple had inked a cloud-music deal with EMI Music earlier this week comes word that a similar agreement has apparently now been signed with Sony Music Entertainment. According to Bloomberg's sources, Sony joins EMI and Warner Music in partnering with Apple on the new service, which will see iTunes users able to stream their music from the cloud to various devices, without first having to upload their tracks.

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Apple Patent Reveals iTunes Cloud Service Details

Apple Patent Reveals iTunes Cloud Service Details

Speculation on Apple's iTunes Cloud service, possibly dubbed iCloud, is building up as we inch closer to next month's WWDC 2011, when the service will likely be unveiled. Both Amazon and Google have already unleashed their versions of a cloud music service, leaving Apple's version now the center of attention. And today, we have our first preview of what Apple's version might entail thanks to a patent filing.

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Apple inks EMI Music deal ahead of cloud-music launch

Apple inks EMI Music deal ahead of cloud-music launch

Apple has reportedly signed a cloud-music licensing deal with EMI Music, and is "very near" to similar deals with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, according to the latest tattle from the record industry. According to CNET's multiple sources, EMI has joined Warner Music Group in agreeing to a cloud-based system whereby, rather than asking users to go through the time-consuming process of uploading all of their music, their local library would be scanned and any tracks they own be streamed direct from "master recordings" already online.

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Apple iCloud May Serve More Than Music

Apple iCloud May Serve More Than Music

Last week we reported that Apple was ahead of Google in launching a cloud music service, a digital locker of sorts that would allow users to store and stream their iTunes music. Apple's momentum continues, striking at least two out of four successful deals with the record companies, and spurring rumors of a new "iCloud" branding after it was rumored that the company spent $4.5 million to acquire the domain iCloud.com. Now, it is further speculated that the iCloud will be serving up more than just music.

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Apple buys iCloud domain according to a rumor

Apple buys iCloud domain according to a rumor

We have been talking about a new cloud offering from Apple for a while now that would have something to do with music playback. We reported last week that the service would allow the iTunes customer to put their music on the cloud, so they can access it from anywhere. Apple might actually beat Google to market with a cloud music offering. A rumor is floating around that Apple is set to buy up a new domain name, and that domain might be the cloud music service.

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