Rumor: Apple to launch iCloud music service at WWDC

There has been lots of talk in the tech industry surrounding Apple’s impending cloud music service that will rival that of Google Music and Amazon’s Cloud Player. According to The Economic Times, Apple is set to reveal the cloud service, most likely to be named iCloud, at WWDC in June.

The Cupertino, California-based gadget-maker is expected to launch a new Web-hosted music service next month, according to multiple reports, after negotiating deals with at least three of the four major record labels.

The service is likely to be presented at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which opens in San Francisco on June 6 and which has been the venue for past launches of high-profile Apple products.

This bite of news also confirms that Apple has secured deals with three of four top record labels to power the service – rumours that have not (and still haven’t) been confirmed by Apple. It is also rumoured that Universal Music Group is the last remaining company to sign after EMI, Sony and Warner have all made deals with the Cupertino giant. Both Google and Amazon’s cloud music services launched without the go-ahead from any of the four major companies, which possibly allowed them to take the edge (for now).

WWDC is Apple’s next major event and is not normally used for iTunes based releases, however as iCloud could be the next big hit from Apple it is the perfect place to launch the service. Apple also, thanks to the signing of major record labels, will be able to store your entire music library in the cloud without users having to upload their collections, instead simply using copies stored on Apple’s servers. This could give Apple the leg up in the competition despite launching at a later stage.

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Sounds interesting, i can't wait for WWDC this year.. hopefully we'll see new iWork, MobileMe, iCloud and more Lion information.

I expected this to be delayed what with that recent ruling about streaming music from cloud like services being considered "public performance"
Or have they found a loophole/did it get dropped?

I still don't understand why companies off Music Streaming for paying, while I can get EVERY music and more in YouTube.

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