Apple Music Cloud Becoming Clearer

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Apple’s rumored online music storage service is said to be close to its public unveiling, and even though the Mac, iPhone and iPad maker hasn’t offered up any hints yet, details about the cloud-based offering have already begun leaking out.


The service, often called “iCloud” or “Music Locker,” will offer users online storage for the music in their iTunes library. Record labels Warner, Sony and EMI have apparently already signed licensing deals with Apple, leaving only Universal to come onboard.

Those licensing deals will let Apple’s service mirror user’s music libraries without requiring customers to upload songs themselves, according to BusinessWeek. Songs in user’s iTunes libraries with audio quality that falls below a certain threshold will be replaced with higher fidelity versions, and music will be accessible from computers, the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Users with songs that the record labels deem to be pirated will be safe with the online storage service, too, since they’ll be receiving licensing payments from Apple.

Apple’s service will allegedly include a monthly fee of sorts, although it’s unclear what form that will take. There is speculation that the feel could be absorbed into annual MobileMe subscriptions.

Rumors claim Apple could introduce its online music storage service during its annual World Wide Developers Conference in June. The company, however, is maintaining its usual tight-lipped stance on unannounced products, so for now iCloud — or Music Locker — should be treated as a rumor.

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“songs the record labels deem to be pirated”

So if I digitize my vinyl and have the songs in my iTunes I will be deemed a pirate?


“Users with songs that the record labels deem to be pirated”

Could this be the next Apple controversy if the record companies make Apple label anything not purchased from iTS as “pirated?”

It seems users will be able to upload and/or use music from CD’s they own (90% of my 3,000+ songs). Apple should not have to pay royalties on these, unless users are streaming higher quality versions of these songs. But this may be “chump change” compared to the monthly fees that Apple will be collecting.

Another can of worms may be the privacy issue of Apple knowing all your songs, artists, etc, and possibly sharing that info with the record companies.

How will all this play out?

Edit:  Stepped away from my Mac for a moment and Aaron posted before me.


If you use the iTunes Genius services, you are already providing your music list to Apple. This is the same can of worms many of us have already opted in to. I trust Apple not to share this info with the record companies without anonymizing it first - not to protect us, but because breaching that privacy is not in Apple’s best interest.

Lee Dronick

Wow! I just got a free beta invite to the Apple iCloud service from a blog, and I must say? It is simply amazing. It blows Google Music away, easily.

If you want to try out the iCloud music service for yourself, here?s the website I got my invite from:

1. Apple would not use a domain registered in the tiny island country of Niue to invite people to beta test their music cloud service.

2. It seems real suspicious that you would register here to make this post.

3. You have made the exact same comment on several other Mac news sites.


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