Google’s annual I/O conference kicks off Tuesday, and with it comes rumors that the search giant will launch their cloud-based music service -- without the approval and support of the big music labels, or even a store to purchase tracks from.
As we continue to await what Apple may have in store when it comes to their cloud-music service, one tidbit came out today that may or may not have been expected. Music industry leaders reportedly indicated that Apple made it known that they would offer the service free of charge initially, but would eventually require a fee.
We all know that Apple is planning to flip the switch on an expansive new data center in Maiden, North Carolina any day -- and thankfully, a local Fox affiliate has done some digging to find out what exactly it might mean for area residents as well as the rest of us.
A new report from Reuters claims that Apple’s cloud-based “music locker” service is ready to go, after rumors have run rampant about it for months -- but the company is still working to seal a deal with major record labels so they don’t wind up going it alone like Amazon has already done.
If MobileMe and iWork were murder mysteries, you could say that the plot just thickened, as it were. An Apple source has revealed that the company is ending rebate programs for both applications, leading to speculation that refreshes are on the way.
There’s a word so dirty that most computer users don’t even want to think about it. Even people who should know better, like IT techs or hardened tech journalists, quake at its mention. Backup: it’s one of the most hated words in the computer lexicon because it conjures up nothing but worst-case scenarios. Apple’s Time Machine does a decent job of backing up your stuff (if you’ve turned it on), but what if you primarily use a laptop? Or worse, what if your basement floods, claiming your camping gear and your backup drive as victims? Dolly Drive tucks your Time Machine backups into the cloud, giving you Apple’s built-in simplicity paired with the security of offsite storage in the event of a disaster.
As widely rumored over the last few days, Amazon has officially launched their cloud-based music storage service, appropriately enough titled Amazon Cloud Player. Unfortunately, the service leaves iOS users behind (for now), concentrating on the web and Android-based devices.
If there’s one company with the clout and potential to beat Apple and Google when it comes to cloud storage, it’s Amazon.com -- and as it turns out, a new report reveals that the company is talking to the music and film industries about doing just that.
While yesterday's rumor mill seemed to circle around the next version of OS X, today's highlights the next version of iOS. The latest scuttlebutt is that iOS 5 may not see the light of day until this fall. Instead of Apple possibly unveiling the latest version this spring, we may not see an official preview until summer, possibly alongside WWDC.
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.