Sources Confirm Apple's Purchase of iCloud.com

Earlier this week, a source reported to GigaOM that Apple has purchased the iCloud.com domain name for the sum of $4.5 million, presumably preparing to roll out its forthcoming cloud-based music service under that name.

All Things Digital now briefly notes that it has confirmed that Apple has in fact purchased the domain, although sources declined to confirm the purchase price.

Apple has indeed acquired the domain name iCloud.com from Sweden-based hybrid cloud computing outfit Xcerion. Sources in position to know confirm that Apple bought the domain as GigaOm first reported Thursday, though they declined to say whether its rumored $4.5 million price tag was accurate.

iCloud.com continues to redirect to the rebranded CloudMe.com service, and Whois databases continue to list Xcerion as the owner of the iCloud.com domain.

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112 months ago

What an embarrassing name... So last century.


Mobile Me and iCloud, a match made in stupid name heaven.



Negative comments from you two. Shocking.
Rating: 6 Votes
112 months ago

I'd rather they focussed on improving the service than messing with the branding. Hmm


Apple's glad they didn't hire you in their marketing department. MobileMe doesn't scream Apple. iCloud does, and it uses a buzz word, and it explains what it's for. Good re-branding.

You are correct though. They better hit the ground running with some impressive innovations so people actually use the service.
Rating: 4 Votes
112 months ago
I hope they have some special trick up their sleeve. This whole cloud-based music gimmick is a yawner.
Rating: 3 Votes
112 months ago
Ew iPad what a stupid name! It is what women use.

Just a reminder to everyone that comments on Ithing names then don't care a week later
Rating: 2 Votes
112 months ago
iCarumba! 4.5mil?
Rating: 2 Votes
112 months ago

What an embarrassing name... So last century.


I think "Zune" is the icing on the cake for embarrassing names.

And how about Windows 8 "Modern Reader?" Ummm, Linux and OSX have had built in PDF readers for a decade. Not surprising though since the Microsoft way is "if you can't beat them, copy them."

ROFLMAO
Rating: 1 Votes
112 months ago

Maybe they bought it just to prevent consumers from getting confused. MobileMe may still be the name of the cloud service. It may just be a brand thing. We may never see iCloud.

Or I could just be totaly wrong. Im never good at guessing.


Spending $4.5MM on a domain name makes me think it'll be used.
Rating: 1 Votes
112 months ago

It should just be apart of MobileMe... not an entire different name. Just my personal opinion.


Yes, it could just be that they're rounding up domain names that folks might attribute to whatever the service is called, like how the iPod Touch is known as the iTouch but never really marketed that way (as far as I can remember).
Rating: 1 Votes
112 months ago

I'd rather they focussed on improving the service than messing with the branding. Hmm


I think they are about to scrap MobileMe and start again to be honest.
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112 months ago
I'd rather they focussed on improving the service than messing with the branding. Hmm
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