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Is iCloud going to be the new iTunes?

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Is iCloud going to be the new iTunes?
As WWDC 2011 draws near, it gets less and less likely that a new iPhone will be released, but instead the Apple event is to bring a trio of announcements: a new Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5 and iCloud. We've dubbed iCloud a music service before as Cupertino has been hard at work to sign up the four major music labels and grant us with loads of music, but if we are to believe Daring Fireball's John Gruber, an influential blogger focused on Apple, the new service will aim to replace iTunes as an all-around cloud-based solution.

“Don’t think of iCloud as the new MobileMe; think of iCloud as the new iTunes,” Gruber quoted “fourth-hand information, at best,” but his sources have proven right on several occasions.

It certainly makes sense to us – a single service that will take away the need for syncing iTunes and hooking up to a PC even to start your mobile iDevice seems the right way to go. “iCloud might be a major, dare I say game-changing, step away from USB tethering between iOS devices and iTunes running on your Mac/PC,” the blogger adds. Gruber points out that currently iTunes offers a number of features which iCloud might inherit:
  • iCloud will be one of the three big announcements of WWDC 2011

    iCloud will be one of the three big announcements of WWDC 2011

  • movies,
  • TV shows,
  • iBooks e-books,
  • App Store apps,
  • contacts,
  • calendars,
  • bookmarks,
  • notes,
  • files shared between iOS apps.

At the same time, except for handling email, the $99-a-year MobileMe service, doubles on a few of those:
  • bookmarks,
  • contacts,
  • calendars,
  • files.

Given rumors about a $25 yearly subscription fee for iCloud, MobileMe might well turn out to be kicked out of Apple's paradigm. Spice all this up with the possibility of Apple striking a deal on storing movies on the cloud, you could see something the iOS ecosystem has been missing in its couple of year of existence - a true transformation. WWDC kicks off at 10 PM PT | 1:00 PM ET, so make sure to check back around then for all the final information.

source: Daring Fireball via AppleInsider

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posted on 06 Jun 2011, 06:58

1. samirsshah (Posts: 61; Member since: 10 Mar 2011)

I want Apple doing for media what Kindle does for books. I may start watching a movie at home on a 50" TV, I may continue to watch it on iPhone 4 while commuting and finally may want to watch some parts on an office Mac during lunchtime. The same applies to podcasts and music albums.

posted on 06 Jun 2011, 12:43 2

3. WirelessCon (Posts: 311; Member since: 11 May 2010)

New iTunes? Yes.

New universal way to purchase and store music? No.

Replacing data storage with internet storage is not innovation; in fact, it reduces accessibility. There are many places that don't have internet access, but my mp3 player works everywhere.

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 01:29

5. ntk999 (unregistered)

i wanna see the next iphone maybe change mu mine to buy apple product ,laos PDR

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