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Apple Purchases iCloud.com for $4.5 Million?


GigaOM reports that it has received word that Apple has purchased the iCloud.com domain name for a sum of $4.5 million. The domain had been used until recently by an online storage firm of the same, but the company recently rebranded its service as CloudMe.

My source, who is familiar with the company, says that Xcerion has sold the domain to Apple for about $4.5 million. Xcerion hasn't responded to my queries as yet. At the time of writing, the Whois database showed Xcerion as the owner of iCloud.

For the time being, iCloud.com redirects visitors to CloudMe.com, but presumably Apple will take over the domain when needed if the claim is in fact true.

We had received a heads-up about the iCloud-to-CloudMe rebranding last week, but were unable to dig up any information specifically linking the change to a purchase by Apple at that time. Obviously, specific rumors of Apple acquiring the domain with a specific purchase price lend credence to the original speculation, but we'll still be watching for the domain to officially change hands, presumably to MarkMonitor, the brand management firm that handles Apple's domain registrations (along with those of many other high-profile companies).

Apple of course is said to have completed work on a new cloud-based storage system for media, and appears to be in the final stages of securing deals with record labels before launching the service.

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43 months ago
Best investment of $13 ever.
Rating: 6 Votes
43 months ago
Apple should have just bought Dropbox and been done with it. Dropbox has them beat in just about every cloud way possible.
Rating: 6 Votes
43 months ago

Best investment of $13 ever.

Understatement of the year.

You can work your whole life and never make 4.5 million dollars, or just casually buy a domain name and let Apple set you up for life. What a crazy world this is.
Rating: 5 Votes
43 months ago



Hats off to Apple, they came up with a name almost as bad as Mobile Me. I did not think they had it in them.


I refer you to Ping
Rating: 5 Votes
43 months ago



Hats off to Apple, they came up with a name almost as bad as Mobile Me. I did not think they had it in them.


Sorry buddy but I disagree.

Again.

Thank god you don't work for Apple. :rolleyes:
Rating: 3 Votes
43 months ago
It's about time to put that server farm to good use. Also, this is a better domain name than "me.com." I don't really like the idea of having an "@me.com" email address, so I always give out my "@mac.com" address.
Rating: 2 Votes
43 months ago
And yet again here is more evidence that I need to start buying domain names and selling them to companies...I think I will call the next one ifriend.com and when apple releases a virtual friend in 2020 I will be RICH!!!:cool:
Rating: 2 Votes
43 months ago

Kind of hope they don't use the name iCloud for the service...


I think a big hint is in the url name... :D
Rating: 1 Votes
43 months ago
I hope Apple announces their plans soon. :)
Rating: 1 Votes
43 months ago
iCloud. Hmm. Looks like that company had the name right from the start.


And yet again here is more evidence that I need to start buying domain names and selling them to companies...I think I will call the next one ifriend.com and when apple releases a virtual friend in 2020 I will be RICH!!!:cool:


+1. Couldn't have said it any better.


iCloud? They could have been more creative.

Tell that to Apple
iPhone, iMac, iPod, iPad ...
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