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

itunes cloudRumors 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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Top Rated Comments

Sky Blue Avatar
171 months ago
I'd rather store things locally, not have to worry about buffering and save $25 a year.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ugahairydawgs Avatar
171 months ago
So this is basically just an online locker for iTunes store purchases?

If true that is pretty disappointing.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Full of Win Avatar
171 months ago
*shrug* suit yourself. Seems a bit Amish but to each his own.

That dude is so stupid, he went out and purchased music in high quality, DRM free, and in a format with the option to make multiple digital formats. Not only that, the physical CDs are an asset that has value and can easily resold later. Oh, and adding to his foolisness, the pressed CD's purchased will survive for decades. Let us all point and laugh at this moron.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PCClone Avatar
171 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.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
neiltc13 Avatar
171 months ago
So not really a good competitor to Spotify then.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mad Man Avatar
171 months ago
And again, people got nuts about less than 7cents a day without even knowing what is offered for that price ....

Too many people think they are entitled to get everything they want for free ... and even if they get something for free they keep complaining because it could be better.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)