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Apple iCloud to cost $25/year, feature advertising?

Becoming the second outlet to report that Apple has signed a cloud music deal with Universal, giving it deals with all four of the major labels, the Los Angeles Times has provided additional details on Apple’s upcoming iCloud service. Citing sources familiar with the negotiations, the report claims that the service will initially be offered for free to customers who purchase music from the iTunes Store, but will eventually cost roughly $25 a year. The report also states that Apple plans to sell advertising around the iCloud service—specifics, including if the ads would appear for paid subscribers, were not offered—and that the company’s agreements with the labels call for it to share 30 percent of any revenue from the service with the labels, as well as 12 percent with music publishers. In line with recent reports, it also notes that although the service is initially focused on music, Apple eventually plans for the service to be used for movies, TV shows, and other digital content sold through iTunes.

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Comments

1

Count me out until it offers streaming of movies and TV shows from my personal collection.

Posted by cxc273 on June 2, 2011 at 2:41 PM (PDT)

2

The $25 price point looks pretty good, depending on the features of the icloud service and if videos are included without greatly increasing the annual fee.

Posted by Singlestick on June 2, 2011 at 3:16 PM (PDT)

3

If it’s implemented correctly, it might be worth it since it means saving money on internal storage—i.e. buying a 16gig iPhone and streaming music instead of a 32gig for local storage. I must stress the necessity of implementation though. If it’s messy and slow, customers will make sure this tanks.

Posted by Clint on June 2, 2011 at 3:34 PM (PDT)

4

Everyone still seems to be ignoring the Awful Truth about streaming anything to your iOS device.  If you’re NOT on a Wi-Fi network, then that streaming is going over your 3G Network, which (for most users) has a 2GB monthly cap.  How soon before you reach that, if you allow the Cloud in the Sky to store your music—and movies in particular (where the average iTunes movie runs close to 1GB).

And why should I pay Apple $25 a year for something awfully similar to what I am currently paying $99/year (MobileMe) which (correct me if I’m wrong) has yet to prove itself 100% reliable with any of its services (particularly iCal, Mail, and Contacts).

Posted by JimmyBobSmith on June 2, 2011 at 3:58 PM (PDT)

5

@JimmyBobSmith
Here in Australia, most ISP’s and Mobile Data Services provided access to Unmetered sites for free.
Facebook and Twitter are unmetered for all of the big-three Mobile Data Providers.
I am sure Apple will make deals with AT&T, Verizon, Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, etc allowing users access to iCloud at an unmetered rate. If they don’t, I’m sure their competitors will…

Posted by Dan Woods on June 2, 2011 at 5:13 PM (PDT)

6

Count Me IN !!

Posted by dennis on June 2, 2011 at 6:17 PM (PDT)

7

@Dan Woods
Somehow I don’t think Apple can make a deal with the mobile carriers to have iCloud unmetered, I’m from Australia as well, imagine the load of the network if everyone is using iCloud to stream music. Facebook and Twitter are fine for unmetered because they are mostly text and small images, hence bandwidth is small, I don’t think the AT&T or other carriers will take that load for free.

Posted by Simon on June 2, 2011 at 7:22 PM (PDT)

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