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iCloud Free Trial, $25 Per Year, and Ads?

Rumors are flowing fast in the days before WWDC. LATimes reveals some additional details about Apple's iCloud service.

The iCloud service will function as many have expected. Offering iTunes users the ability to save their purchases to iCloud and then being able to listen to it from any web browser or Apple device. Apple will be offering a free trial for those who buy music from iTunes and later expects to charge "about" $25/year for the service.

The LATimes also adds without detail that "Apple would also sell advertising around its iCloud service." It's not clear in what form this advertising would be, and whether it would be present for only free or also paid customers.

Finally, Apple expects to extend the iCloud concept to movies, TV shows and other digital content. Apple will be announcing iCloud at next week's WWDC.

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43 months ago
I'd rather store things locally, not have to worry about buffering and save $25 a year.
Rating: 33 Votes
43 months ago
So this is basically just an online locker for iTunes store purchases?

If true that is pretty disappointing.
Rating: 26 Votes
43 months ago
$25 a year? Wow, that's only $2.08 a month. Shoot, I spend more than that on iPhone apps every couple weeks.
Rating: 22 Votes
43 months ago
Good price. I will subscribe in an instand
Rating: 21 Votes
43 months ago
There's no way that the labels would agree to let Apple host all of the music files that you have because there's no guarantee that you actually purchased those files or legitimately ripped them from a CD. This isn't surprising at all.

Everyone should be taking all of this with a grain of salt and waiting for Monday.
Rating: 12 Votes
43 months ago
So not really a good competitor to Spotify then.
Rating: 12 Votes
43 months ago
Unless the vast majority of your music collection is purchased from iTunes I fail to see why anyone would buy this service.

I'd like to have a way to integrate my iTunes library on my NAS at home into the cloud service. This way I could have a combination of streaming from my own drives and apple's servers depending on where I purchased it.
Rating: 10 Votes
43 months ago
Considering ive got exactly zero songs purchased thru iTunes, it would seem iCloud may as well be vapourware for me.
Rating: 10 Votes
43 months ago
Soooooo no music on iCloud if it's not purchased from iTunes I can assume?
Rating: 10 Votes
43 months ago
Here is a crazy idea..quit your bitching and see what Apple delivers on Monday. Geez, some people get their panties in a wad based on rumor sites.
Rating: 10 Votes

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