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Today's the big day for Apple fans waiting for Steve Jobs to take the stage and finally reveal all the "magical" details of the much hyped iCloud. Unlike the competition, Amazon Cloud Player and Google Music Beta, Apple has actually secured licensing deals with music labels and could offer up something much more comprehensive and appealing. Add to that iTune's already secure first place lead in the music download arena, makes it one cloudy day for rivals.
Apple's WWDC 2011 opening keynote is just hours away - don't forget to join us for the SlashGear liveblog! - but that hasn't stopped the leaks, rumors and speculation. iCloud is already on the agenda, and according to a Cult of Mac source it's not just a cloud music service but a way to put your entire Time Machine backups onto a new, intelligent Time Capsule. What's currently a basic NAS will, they suggest, get an Apple A4 or A5 processor upgrade as the Airport Express is tipped to, and be able to host users' Home folders and make them available to any Mac OS X or iOS device.
WWDC 2011 kicks off tomorrow, Monday June 6, and while for developers it's the beginning of a week packed full of coding, knocking heads with Apple's engineers, and generally sharing in the iOS/OS X bonhomie, for everyone else it's another Steve Jobs keynote and the promise of some significant platform news. SlashGear will be liveblogging the opening WWDC keynote tomorrow morning, kicking off 10am PST, where Jobs is expected to cover iOS 5.0, Mac OS X Lion, and the debut of iCloud.
Apple's new iCloud service may cost users $25/year - after a whet-your-appetite free trial - according to the latest rumors, but the company itself has reportedly had to open its wallet a whole lot wider in order to keep the labels happy. As well as what's said to be between a 58- and 70-percent share of iCloud music revenue, Apple has apparently agreed to between $100m and $150m in advance payments to the big four labels.
I mentioned yesterday that there are some shortages of Apple gear in some locations and online. The shortages were for some of the Apple Airport devices and the Time Capsule unit. Generally, a shortage of things in Apple Stores is a good indication that a refresh is imminent and with WWDC kicking off soon perhaps, the shortages mean new products being unveiled. A source has tipped 9to5Mac that the Airport Express supply is plentiful in most places, but the supply of the Time Capsule and Airport Extreme are in fact very tight globally.
We already know that Steve Jobs will spill all the iCloud details at the WWDC 2011 keynote next Monday; still, that's not stemmed the rush of leaks about the cloud media service. After reports that Apple has signed up its last major label, Universal, there's also been a $25/year price attached to iCloud by the LA Times, along with a different breakdown of who makes what out of the deal.
The WWDC 2011 is only four days away, and some have been wondering whether Apple would be able to sign on the last of four major record label companies in time for a full reveal of its new iCloud music streaming service. Today, insider sources tipped that Apple has just successfully signed on Universal Music Group, who also happens to be the largest of the four major record companies.
It's a busy time right now at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, where crews are preparing the venue for Apple's WWDC 2011 event. The event will kick off on June 6th and promises to reveal details on iOS 5, OS X Lion, and of course the much anticipated "iCloud." Curious what the new iCloud logo looks like?
As you MAY have heard multiple times, Apple very obviously plans on releasing information on their new "iCloud" service in the very near future (aka WWDC.) What you may NOT know is that they, just yesterday, filed the name iCloud with the European Trademark Office under application 010011484. This trademark was filed under 12 distinct International Classes including all of the following headers: digital music by telecommunications, electronic storage, online social networking services, multimedia content for a fee or pre-paid subscription, computer software, electronic books and magazines, entertainment, photographic services, business management and advertising services, games, headgear and digital devices/computers. That's a lot of meat!
In my predictions column prior to 2011, I predicted the rise of the personal cloud. With Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple all getting into the cloud business its clear that prediction is coming true. Three things are key to adopting these cloud services: Trust, reliability and price.
I for one am ready to begin relying more on cloud services. I remember a time before my company began using Exchange for email. Every time I got a new computer or new handheld PDA, I had to manually export my inbox and then import it on the new device.