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If the rumors are yet again to be believed, Apple is reworking the $99 per year MobileMe service to include something called a “music locker” -- cloud storage to keep your music library available from anywhere with an internet connection, and it may come with a $20 per year price tag.
9to5Mac is reporting that Apple’s refreshed MobileMe service may be arriving in April, complete with a new feature dubbed the “locker.” According to The Music Void, this cloud-based storage for your iTunes music library will arrive with a $20 per year sticker price, and Apple is feverishly working to get the music labels on board with the concept.
“Informed sources say that Apple has sealed its deal with Warner and has been using that agreement to leverage the other labels to get the deals done in time for the April launch,” the report reveals. “The locker service will reportedly have somewhere around a $20 annual price tag.”
You may recall that Bloomberg reported similar news earlier this month, claiming that Apple was working on an iTunes-based streaming service involving cloud storage of your music library.
“A deal would provide iTunes customers with a permanent backup of music purchases if the originals are damaged or lost,” the Bloomberg report claimed. “The service also would allow downloads to iPad, iPod and iPhone devices linked to the same iTunes account, they said. The move would be a step closer to universal access to content centrally stored on the Internet.”
The most interesting part of this new report is the “around $20” price tag for the cloud storage -- it’s widely rumored that MobileMe will become a free service to all, with Apple having discontinued the boxed retail version of the software and having stopped even online sales of the product, pushing new customers to the free 60-day trial. That would seem to indicate a major change on the horizon for -- you guessed it -- around April.
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(Image courtesy of 9to5Mac)