Apple's cloud streaming service may have a name

Image showing the revamp of Xcerion's iCloud into CloudMe.

Apple's much-reported cloud based music service could have had its name prematurely unveiled, information surfacing at Engadget could suggest. Unsurprisingly, one of the supposed names for the service was 'iCloud'. The name would hardly be surprising considering Apple's naming conventions for a huge number of their products. The other name that has been suggested might be more of a surprise: CloudMe. Rumors of changes to Apple's MobileMe service have long since been floating around the internet, but one particular piece of evidence stands out at the time of writing.

A company called Xcerion previously owned a site called iCloud, but recently changed the company name to CloudMe. The timing of the change is potentially a mere coincidence, or Xcerion could theoretically be reserving the domain for Apple to use in the very near future. The header image at the top of this article could suggest CloudMe's role, should it be Apple's future cloud service.

With Apple having signed four major record labels to its future service they may wish to push the service as soon as possible. On April 25th, Apple signed an agreement with Warner Music to add the music company to their available repertoire of music companies. The addition of Warner Music to their stable of groups comes alongside reports of two other major companies having been signed. Should this be the case, Apple may be able to release a streaming music service before Google, as Neowin reported previously.

Image source: Techcrunch

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A company named Xcerion had a cloud serviced called iCloud that was later renamed to CloudMe.

That is all you need to know about this "news" post.

The rest is pure speculation (i.e., pulled out of someones ass). The fact that this is hitting all the major blog sites just shows that it is a slow tech-news day.

Anyway, Apple already has a cloud based service with MobileMe and iDisk. I can already stream music from iDisk just like I can with DropBox. These "new innovative" features seem more like a relabeling of old technology coupled with excess media hype.

Shadrack said,
A company named Xcerion had a cloud serviced called iCloud that was later renamed to CloudMe.

That is all you need to know about this "news" post.

The rest is pure speculation (i.e., pulled out of someones ass). The fact that this is hitting all the major blog sites just shows that it is a slow tech-news day.

Anyway, Apple already has a cloud based service with MobileMe and iDisk. I can already stream music from iDisk just like I can with DropBox. These "new innovative" features seem more like a relabeling of old technology coupled with excess media hype.

True, however this is Apple we are talking about.

There was a product called 'iPhone' when they announced the iPhone, and they didn't care and hadn't even reached out to the TM owner (Cisco) when they announced the iPhone.

They have done this with a couple of other products as well. I wouldn't be surprised if they called it Live SkyDrive Azure and then sue Microsoft to change the name of their cloud services.

This article is pretty inaccurate. If your going to copy an article at least get the facts right. There was a company called icloud.com who have recently changed their name to cloudme.com - with sources suggesting Apple has paid $4.5m for the icloud.com domain. Here's the original source for anyone interested: http://gigaom.com/apple/apple-...have-snapped-up-icloud-com/

So there's no possible way it would be called CloudMe because this EXISTING company/service have changed their iCloud company to CloudMe. It is very likely Apple's offering will be called iCloud as it makes little sense for this company to change names other than someone else buying the domain..

DomZ said,
This article is pretty inaccurate. If your going to copy an article at least get the facts right.

Exactly. The author needs to go read his source again as none of the articles (from TechCrunch, Engadget, MacRumors and GigaOM) have suggested CloudMe. Long story short: Xcerion (a Swedish company) rebranded their iCloud service as CloudMe and Apple supposedly bought their old domain (i.e. iCloud.com) from them.

Now a lot of people are going to comment on how stupid it is to just take a word describing the service/product and putting i in front of it tight?

Well, honestly, is it really that much worse other names such as "Amazon Cloud Drive", "Google Docs" and "Google Books"? I'd say it's better than all three of those...

.Neo said,
Clearly calling it Microsoft Windows Live SkyDrive 20XX is clearly the best option.

eh.. Microsoft Windows Live Online Services Sky Drive 2011 Enterprise Edition

neufuse said,

eh.. Microsoft Windows Live Online Services Sky Drive 2011 Enterprise Edition


Microsoft Windows Live Online Premium Services Sky Drive 2011 Enterprise Edition with Anytime Upgrade to Ultimate.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

Microsoft Windows Live Online Premium Services Sky Drive 2011 Enterprise Edition with Anytime Upgrade to Ultimate.

GS:mac

that doesn't work enterprise edition is ultimate edition with enterprise extras

Co_Co said,
i don't like the "me" monikers

They ran out of "I" names so now its the same thing just in another form "Me"

just wait for the:

PhoneME (Next iphone)
PhotoME (facetime photo booth app)
MusicME (themesongs for your life to play as you move)
WriteME (new mail app)
OSX ME (err... maybe we should skip this one, Windows ME didnt go over so well)