iCloud.com goes live, additional storage prices revealed

Apple has been touting its iCloud ever since it was announced back in June. Apple has finally taken the wrapping paper of off the serice and it is now in live on http://iCloud.com for developers. 

Along with launching the new beta service, Apple has also revealed its pricing strategy for additional storage on the cloud service. Apple will charge $20 for 10GB, $40 for 20GB and $100 for 50GB a year. 

iCloud is Apple's take on the cloud service. After lambasting employees over the failure of MobileMe, Apple is looking to get it right with iCloud. With Apple revealing the new service for the first time, it would indicate that the service is nearing public availability.

There have been many rumors about when the new service will go live. It is believed that the service will be launched along side the iPhone 5 which will hit retail later this fall. It is unclear if the new device will launch in September or November. 

For those who are waiting anxiously for Apple's latest service, this is a step in the right direction. With iCloud, Apple will kick off its cloud based service that offers many features to entice the user into placing their trust in Apple for securing their personal content. 

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Do you have to have be a member of an apple developer program to access the beta? When I try logging in it tells me that I have to sign in with OS X Lion even though I'm using Lion.

OOh I'll see several people complaining . Obviously, those who have more than 5,000 songs, Which I know it's a ridiculous amount, unless you actually use them

Jose_49 said,
OOh I'll see several people complaining . Obviously, those who have more than 5,000 songs, Which I know it's a ridiculous amount, unless you actually use them

These storage costs aren't related to songs. iTunes stores all iTunes purchased songs for free, and an unlimited amount of your non-iTunes songs for $24.99 per year.

ahhell said,
Good god! Are those prices a joke?
I honestly want to know if you can find a similar service with cheaper prices, that also offer a free version. Because I'm not aware of any.

Simon said,
I honestly want to know if you can find a similar service with cheaper prices, that also offer a free version. Because I'm not aware of any.

All the people complaining about it pretty much hace no clue on what they are talking about. It's their simple anti-Apple mentality.

I'm not sure, after using the abomination called iDisk for many years, I wouldn't want to experience another Apple storage service.

gzAsher said,
Why not just use Skydrive and get 25 GB for free?
MSFT Rocks!!!

Because the two services are almost completely different?

Try to log in and it keeps telling me my credentials are wrong. I assume there's a select group of people testing this or something?

I thought they would match Amazon's prices:

5 GB: Free

20 GB: $20 / year

50 GB: $50 / year

100 GB: $100 / year

And all paid versions dont count your music as storage. There is also a 200GB, 500GB, and 1000GB plan all still $1 per GB/yr

The amount of fodder in this post is absolutely unreal..

First of all, iCloud is FREE!!.. not happy with the pricing, why worry? why bash?

Second, those prices are fair.

Comparing to other file hosting services like SkyDrive?..really?

Uplift said,
Comparing to other file hosting services like SkyDrive?..really?

Yes. At this point we have nothing but Steve's promise that this is revolutionary.
Once it's in the market and proves itself to be a beast of a different breed, then maybe the comparisons will stop.

Plus the article only talks about space, not how revolutionary iCloud really is, being run on Windows Azure......

Uplift said,
The amount of fodder in this post is absolutely unreal..

First of all, iCloud is FREE!!.. not happy with the pricing, why worry? why bash?

Second, those prices are fair.

Comparing to other file hosting services like SkyDrive?..really?

My thoughts exactly!

wmacdona said,
iCloud is just another Apple rip off.
The fanboys love to be robbed by Jobs.

All i read here is... Blah Blah Blah! Seriously dude, get a life!

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