Is iCloud going to be the new iTunes?
“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:
- TV shows,
- iBooks e-books,
- App Store apps,
- 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:
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