Rumor: More info on Apple's cloud music service revealed

There seems to be no doubt that Apple is preparing to launch its own cloud computing service for its iTunes music business. Now Bloomberg Businessweek has posted up an article that supposedly reveals more info on how this new service will work. As we have reported before, Apple has reportedly been making license deals with the major music publishers and labels to gain the rights to use their music for the cloud service, which will allow users to play their music collection via an Internet connection without the need to download the actual file.

The article points out that two of Apple's biggest rivals in the music download business, Google and Amazon.com, have already launched their own cloud-based music services but so far they have yet to catch on with consumers. That will likely change with Apple's entry since its iTunes music download store is now the single biggest retailer of music.

According to the article, which uses unnamed sources, Apple's 'iCloud" service "will be able to scan customers' digital music libraries in iTunes and quickly mirror their collections on its own servers." If for some reason a person's music library contains low quality versions of the music tracks, Apple will replace them on the cloud server with high quality versions, according to the sources.

And just how much will this service cost iTunes customers? While there's no definitive word on that the article says that Apple might add cloud music space into its MobileMe service. That currently costs $99 a year. At the moment, Apple is expected to preview the service this June at its Worldwide Developers Conference.

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wait so apple's biggest two competitors in the music business are amazon... and google?? google doesn't even have a service up yet how can they compete? i think zune would be a bigger competitor

Instead of spending much money on such a service, Apple, rather bump your iOS devices to proper capacities...
I'd adore to also set up my own cloud at home, where I control how much space I have and all would integrate nicely into all my Apple devices and developers would adopt it...
Now that'd be sweet.
IMHO we should all pass on those mini-capacity mini-featured remote services and get proper @home solutions that are power-efficient (A5/A6-home server?), scalable and self-maintained...
Integrated user, guest and friend-permissions would make it a killer...

Then again, yea... there's no mass demand... >_>
I wish Apple was still niche-only and driven by more innovations...

GS:mac

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Haha..yeah... the iPhone is PERSPECTIVE DEFYING! lol. this image is terrible!

AtriusNY said,
Oh this stupid image again. Mankind discovered principles of perspective back in the 15th century!!

Can't .. take .. eyes .. off .. image

AtriusNY said,
Oh this stupid image again. Mankind discovered principles of perspective back in the 15th century!!

lolz...iPhone's front elevation seems nice so don't worry about 3D view. It won't be ugly .