Apple May Launch Music Locker Service in April

| Rumor

Apple is apparently prepping to launch a MobileMe-based “Music Locker” cloud service some time in April, giving users a way to store their music library online. An unnamed source claimed Apple has been working on licensing deals with the major record labels and has already managed to get Warner to sign on the dotted line, according to The Music Void.

iTunes and Music LockerApple hopes to add online music storage to MobileMe

EMI and Universal Music are expected to sign on quickly, too, although Sony is apparently dragging its heals. The deals with record labels are necessary to give users access to the music they want to stream via Music Locker.

Apparently the Music Locker service won’t, however, be a standard part of MobileMe. Along with the annual US$99 MobileMe subscription fee, Music Locker will cost an additional $20.

Apple doesn’t comment on rumors and unannounced products, so Music Locker and its extra cost should be treated as speculation.

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12 Comments Leave Your Own

geoduck

Let’s see: Music in the cloud so I won’t have access to it when I want (Like when I’m driving) and it costs more.
Count me out.

cb50dc

Music in the cloud so I won?t have access to it when I want (Like when I?m driving) and it costs more.

Ehh, and next you’ll say you want to choose what you buy. Ohhh, like the iTunes Genius isn’t good enough for you. Sheesh.

FlipFriddle

If it’s extra, I don’t think it would be worth it. It would be a nice value ad for mobileme if it was just included.

webjprgm

Wasn’t there already speculation/rumors about MobileMe being free? If so could this be free MobileMe plus $20 music service?

Also, is this purported to be a playlist thing where you pick whatever music you want, or is it like pandora, or is it just storing iTunes music you already bought? (Or all three combined.)

Well, lots to speculate about.

Lee Dronick

“Apple doesn?t comment on rumors and unannounced products, so Music Locker and its extra cost should be treated as speculation.”

We will know soon enough the purpose of Apple’s Area 51, but just let me say that there is probably more than one thing that is going to be housed in the place.

geoduck

Well, lots to speculate about.

Good point. Considering all the MM rumours we’ve seen in the last year anything could happen.

cb50dc

We will know soon enough the purpose of Apple?s Area 51…

I think it’s a unicorn stable. And since we all know they communicate telepathically, they are the MM hub. Obvious.

Lee Dronick

I think it?s a unicorn stable. And since we all know they communicate telepathically, they are the MM hub. Obvious

That doesn’t make sense because Apple is getting away from DVDs and unicorn horns (corns?) are used to punch the spindle holes into optical media.

FlipFriddle

Gizmodo is rumoring about mobileme for $20:

http://gizmodo.com/#!5786266/mobileme-cost-to-decrease-to-just-20

who knows.

cb50dc

unicorn horns (corns?) are used to punch the spindle holes into optical media.

Horrors ? it brings to mind the unicorn in “Legend” with Tom Cruise. Just thinking about the fact that I saw that movie scares me now. (Though I admit, Tim Curry’s uber-campy role made it worth it.)

This is why I come to these discussions. I learn so much. :D

Substance

I’m guessing that any extra charge on top of MobileMe will be a concession to the RIAA who seemed to be scared of cloud music almost as much as they were with digital distribution.

I’m personally hoping that we will not get cloud-based storage of our media but rather remote access to our iTunes libraries without all the configuration hoops to jump through with a conventional VNC setup.  That would save a lot of privacy headaches, not to mention a very long upload time for those of us with massive iTunes libraries.

And I don’t see why you would have to upload anything you bought on the iTMS to an ‘iTunes cloud’.  It would be cheaper for Apple - who already knows all your purchases - to just stream you their copy of iTMS content that you already own on an on-demand basis.  That would save on storage costs greatly. 

Similarly, I could very easily see this Music Locker service a) extend to videos as well and b) only apply to purchased content from the iTMS.  The latter would make a lot of people unhappy, but it would keep the RIAA happy (well, happier) and really promote the iTMS over competitors (not that that’s necessarily a good thing).

Scott B in DC

Gizmodo is rumoring about mobileme for $20: http://gizmodo.com/#!5786266/mobileme-cost-to-decrease-to-just-20

If this is true and the Music Locker rumor is true, then I would consider MobileMe. For someone like me who pays for a lot of online access (website, mail host, etc.), MobileMe has to give me something that I couldn’t do on my own. Storing my media “in the cloud” with live accessibility on all my devices, would give MobileMe something I couldn’t do otherwise. If it remains $99, then it’s not worth it. Yes, it’s a matter of price.

I?m guessing that any extra charge on top of MobileMe will be a concession to the RIAA who seemed to be scared of cloud music almost as much as they were with digital distribution.

Steve Jobs and Apple have been good at breaking many of the barriers that have been put up by the music industry and now the publishing industry. I am willing to go out on a limb and say that if Apple does create the Music Locker, it will be with the blessing of the RIAA after Apple concedes to additional security controls.

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