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Apple's Cloud-Based Music Service Ready to Go?

Reuters reports that Apple has "completed work" on its rumored cloud-based music service and will beat Google to the punch as the search and advertising giant continues to work on a similar project.

Apple Inc has completed work on an online music storage service and is set to launch it ahead of Google Inc, whose own music efforts have stalled, according to several people familiar with both companies' plans.

Apple's plans will allow iTunes customers to store their songs on a remote server, and then access them from wherever they have an Internet connection, said two of these people who asked not to be named as the talks are still confidential.

Interestingly, the sources indicate that Apple still has yet to sign any of the major labels to new agreements covering the forthcoming cloud-based capabilities, making it unclear how the sources can be so confident that Apple will beat Google to a launch. Apple has reportedly not yet informed music industry insiders of when it intends to launch the new cloud-based service.



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106 months ago
This is getting exciting.

The billion dollar question: just content purchased from iTunes or all compatible (audio) files in one's iTunes library?
Rating: 3 Votes
106 months ago

It will probably work the way Amazon's new service does. Only the music you purchase moving forward can be synced in the cloud.


Uhh...that is not how Amazon's service works at all. Amazon syncs your entire library. It's only that new Amazon purchases don't count towards used space. Only syncing new purchases would be worthless.
Rating: 2 Votes
106 months ago





Get real, no way are the music labels going to allow them to do this unless they limit it to music purchased from iTunes.


But doesn't Amazon do this already - without the music labels permission?
Rating: 1 Votes
106 months ago

Internet data usage is increasing and internet data caps are decreasing. This doesn't seem good...


That's the problem.
Rating: 1 Votes
106 months ago
I'm still skeptical about this coming out in 2011. MobileMe/Cloud Service have been rumoured since last year and nothing has come of it...
Rating: 1 Votes
106 months ago
I'll keep my media stored locally, thanks.
Rating: 1 Votes
106 months ago
I HATE the whole idea!

I used to walk to a shop buy a CD with a HARD copy it was MINE I paid for it! a physical copy I had controll over.

Then we had MP3's with that lovely DRM removed to let us do WHAT WE WANT and had a PHYSICAL file on my laptop or pc it was MY FILE.

So what we saying now?

Upload all YOUR music your PAID for back to Apple or whatever company running it so they have the whole controll to pull it all when they want!

No copys, no files, all on the server and it dont stop there it will be personal stuff soon eventualy everything cloud based and your trust in the company to keep this all safe!

NO WAY I'll stick to my few terabyte hard disk and stream it from MY PC not THERE servers!
Rating: 1 Votes
106 months ago

And that is the biggest question of them all. If I can't put the music I bought and ripped up in the cloud, what is the point? I am curious to see if this is going to be a paid service, part of Mobile Me or? Can't wait to see how this plays out.


It will probably work the way Amazon's new service does. Only the music you purchase moving forward can be synced in the cloud.
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