Apple: iCloud reaches 100M users, 15M growth in 21 days

Tim Cook today gave a presentation at Goldman Sachs, where he talked about supplier responsibility at Apple, as well as their products and philosophy at Apple. 

Cook pointed out that Apple now has 100 million users of it's recently launched iCloud platform, and that they're seeing growth of 15 million users in just 21 days. The service had around 85 million users last month. Considering that iCloud only works on the iPhone 3GS and up, that's a huge number of users.

The new CEO seems to understand the cloud quite well, and stated that iCloud is a "long-game" strategy, which will pan out "over the next decade" of Apple's products and business and that they would continue to persue it passionately as they saw it as pivotal to the connected experience. 

Cook talked about how Apple was motiviated by the idea of having a house of Macs and Apple Devices that could exchange information simply, and that the product would continue to evolve over time.

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I am warming to the iCloud, great for syncing Calendars with Outlook and Contacts etc, its a nice interface online to.

A customer of mine is being forced to use iCloud as nothing else seems to want to work right, though that is the nature of apple's junk. Being forced to use one thing and nothing else and if anything tries to give a choice, then apple won't allow it for some lame reason. krobin: Apple are lame so don't give them anything other your pitty.

Fantastic growth, Apple should thank Google and Microsoft for their cloud service that is who Apple is using. Apple does not have an in house solution in place yet.

krobin said,
Fantastic growth, Apple should thank Google and Microsoft for their cloud service that is who Apple is using. Apple does not have an in house solution in place yet.

Neg.
iCloud is powered by Azure (Microsoft) and C2 (Amazon), not Google.

Apple will never have their own in-house solution as they gave up what little foothold they had in the Server market to Linux variants.

i am testing it out with contact, reminder and calendar. you know. small data chunk. so far it's been a ok experience. there are annoying bugs that need ironing - such as contact grouping doesn't get updated correctly on my iphones after i made modification on my macbook air. definitely not ready for prime time. wouldn't trust too much of my data with it at the moment.

necrosis said,
What?

whenever i have to restore my iPad ( excess crashing of apps and Safari ) and i use Restore from iCloud, it does, but almost none of my music (including iTunes purchases) are showing on the iPad as with the unknown location icon next to it ( and this is viewing the files on the iPad itself using iTunes), and it has 4-7GB of " Unknown Files " that wont remove unless i do a full blown reload as a new iPad not using any backup. if i use a backup, its still there but smaller in size by a couple GB.

Albert said,
megaupload. pirate bay.

Not. I have 13,000 songs all legit from purchased CD's or digital music stores. You shouldn't assume everyone is a thief just because they have 1000's of songs. Do you work for the RIAA or something?

nytiger73 said,

Not. I have 13,000 songs all legit from purchased CD's or digital music stores. You shouldn't assume everyone is a thief just because they have 1000's of songs. Do you work for the RIAA or something?

Precisely. My collection has been gathering since 1999, and began as a result of mobile DJing. I've just kept up for 13 years.

Never assume its always piracy.

Hopefully that long game plan involves extending support to Snow Leopard at least. Otherwise there's a lot of Macs that can't sync to iCloud. Crazy considering iCloud is supported on Vista.

I have several Apple "i" devices between me, my wife, and the kids and it seems like all of us were automatically joined to iCloud by being active App Store and iTunes users. So 100M is impressive but if everybody with a 3GS or later device is automatically joined, as long as they have an iTunes account, then suddenly the number loses some meaning. It's the equivalent to saying that there are over 100M iPad, iPad2, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch, etc. users since very few of these users don't have an iTunes account or use iTunes / App Store.

Tim Dawg said,
I have several Apple "i" devices between me, my wife, and the kids and it seems like all of us were automatically joined to iCloud by being active App Store and iTunes users. So 100M is impressive but if everybody with a 3GS or later device is automatically joined, as long as they have an iTunes account, then suddenly the number loses some meaning. It's the equivalent to saying that there are over 100M iPad, iPad2, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch, etc. users since very few of these users don't have an iTunes account or use iTunes / App Store.

Not unless you had a me.com address already. iCloud is very much an opt in (though highly visible, especially at first run from restore) service, these 100m users will (if truthful and accurate) be 100m people (or any division of person vs x number of devices one person has with different accounts) who have opted in.

Just a few days ago I was in a debate with someone right here on Neowin, where the other person said that Apple does not brag about their numbers.

nohone said,
Just a few days ago I was in a debate with someone right here on Neowin, where the other person said that Apple does not brag about their numbers.

Guess they havent seen one of their events

I have to agree with you there. I tried out iTunes Match and it was utter garbage. It would match only parts of albums, not update play counts, not give me any access to my play lists. This product is no better than me.com and .mac before it.

nytiger73 said,
I have to agree with you there. I tried out iTunes Match and it was utter garbage. It would match only parts of albums, not update play counts, not give me any access to my play lists. This product is no better than me.com and .mac before it.

I've found the opposite. It matched 8,000 of my 12,000 mp3s, let me then get those 8,000 as 256kbps AAC files in replacement, and all my playlists on my iMac are viewable and playable on my iPad.

It's always genuinely fascinated me how peoples experiences wildly vary though. It's a shame you had such a bad experience from my own, match has been a godsend

chrispinto said,

I've found the opposite. It matched 8,000 of my 12,000 mp3s, let me then get those 8,000 as 256kbps AAC files in replacement, and all my playlists on my iMac are viewable and playable on my iPad.

It's always genuinely fascinated me how peoples experiences wildly vary though. It's a shame you had such a bad experience from my own, match has been a godsend

The potential is certainly there, it would just do the strangest things. It would even reset play counts to 0. It was totally random. It would match say the first 5 tracks of an album, then skip, match one and so on. This happened for quite a few albums. For example, Metallica. I have all of their stuff, all tagged correctly and for most albums, it only matched 1-2 songs per album. It was the weirdest thing.

nytiger73 said,
I have to agree with you there. I tried out iTunes Match and it was utter garbage. It would match only parts of albums, not update play counts, not give me any access to my play lists. This product is no better than me.com and .mac before it.

I also tried iTunes Match and didn't like it at all. Too many items were uploaded when they should've been matched. Until there is a way to fix that issue or until iTunes Match gets it right, I will not use it. I got my money back on iTunes Match as a result.

As far as the email part of my post, Steve Jobs said when presenting iCloud said the services were re-built from the ground up to work with iCloud and I see no such thing. The email has the same exact issues as MobileMe...no notifications, emails not being pushed, emails showing up hours late and no notifications of emails going into junk...unless you specifically open up the junk folder. That is so stupid...especially if you can't turn off junk filtering.

Steve B said,
I would be "yay!" except that iCloud seems to be very unstable/flakey...especially with email.

iTools, .Mac, MobileMe, iCloud. Maybe they'll get it right on whatever they call it next?