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Apple iTunes, Rumblings from the Cloud

Apple iTunes, Rumblings from the Cloud

I've been downloading music since I first figured out that I could minimize my AOL window in Windows 3.1 and open up a Netscape browser. My thirteen-year-old self was ravenous for the media that I could find searching on early FTP directories that shall remain nameless. MP3 blew my mind at the time. I was amazed that data could be compressed like that (a 600+MB music CD could be compressed down to as low as 50MB). That kind of stuff was a lot of fun for me, but the music itself wasn't the goal. It was as much about the hunt, the technical challenge and the WOW! factor. It took about a half-hour to download a 128kbps bit-rate MP3 of a 3-5 minute song. Now, Apple is signing a deal with Warner Music to offer streaming, cloud-based music services. They haven't said anything publicly, but both they and Google are looking to grab as much of this market as possible after Amazon released their Cloud Player last month.

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Apple To Release Cloud Music Service Ahead of Google

Apple To Release Cloud Music Service Ahead of Google

Remember those rumors about Google's imminent cloud music service? Well, we're still not certain when they'll be able to work through their licensing issues and get their service off the ground, but we do have word from Reuters now that Apple will be beating them to the punch. According to their sources, Apple has completed work on their own cloud music service and is set to launch ahead of Google.

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Is Apple readying a new cloud video service and TV or set-top box?

Is Apple readying a new cloud video service and TV or set-top box?

The speculation surrounding what Steve Jobs and Apple have up their sleeves is never ending. An analyst at Jefferies named Peter Misek thinks he knows what will be next for Apple and he thinks that the product will revolutionize video just as iTunes revolutionized music. Misek bases his predictions on "weeks" of channel checking with developers and content partners on Apple's plans.

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New MobileMe To Launch April, Revamped And Free

New MobileMe To Launch April, Revamped And Free

I've always wanted to try Apple's MobileMe service but have balked at the $99 a year cost. Yes, I have a hard time parting with my money. So I'm very excited now about the rumors that the revamped MobileMe service is not only going to the cloud, but also going to be FREE.

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iTunes cloud for storage not subscription streaming tip insiders

iTunes cloud for storage not subscription streaming tip insiders

Apple's long-rumored iTunes cloud plans may not in fact result in a subscription-based streaming music service, with the company tipped to be looking to simply offer online storage to its users. According to the FT, music industry sources have quietly confirmed that Apple's intent is to allow iTunes users to remotely host their paid tracks, and then stream that content to various devices.

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