Happy WWDC 2011 Monday! Apple CEO Steve Jobs took the stage at Moscone West in San Francisco this morning to kick off the annual Worldwide Developers Conference 2011 to a huge throng of developers and media ready to hear about Apple’s next-generation software.
Frequent Apple prognosticator John Gruber of Daring Fireball has chimed in with his last-minute thoughts on WWDC 2011 in the hours leading up to the big event. While he admits that he doesn’t know much about what will be announced, there are a few interesting tidbits on things he’s heard from others.
While others chose to walk away from negotiations (Google) or ignore them completely (Amazon), it appears that Apple was successful at getting the record labels on board for its new iCloud service -- but at what cost?
A few short days away from the start of WWDC 2011, and the unveiling of iCloud, Apple has reportedly cut a licensing deal with Universal Music Group which will give Apple the ability to now offer songs from the largest of the four top record companies. Not only that, but Apple has also come to agreement with some of the largest music publishers.
As we ponder what kind of goodness is in store for us all with Apple’s new iCloud, a couple of related tidbits have come to light, including the company finally taking control of the iCloud.com domain and some possible hardware refreshes for WWDC.
All together now, mimicking Steve Martin in The Jerk: “The new iCloud is here! The new iCloud is here!” -- or at least it will be soon, according to a press release from Apple themselves on Tuesday. But do we know what exactly it will entail?
Excited for Monday’s iCloud announcement? If you’re so excited that you just can’t sleep, Google Earth might help keep your mind occupied with a view of Apple’s new North Carolina data center -- where iCloud is presumably hosted -- from outer space.
In an uncharacteristically open press release on Tuesday morning, Apple not only confirmed the appearance of CEO Steve Jobs for the WWDC 2011 keynote on Monday, June 6 but also outed iCloud and iOS 5 in addition to the release of Mac OS X Lion.
While other tech companies have opted to pass right on by the wishes of the music publishing world, Apple has opted to take the other path and obtain deals with the four big music labels before going live with their rumored cloud based streaming service. The latest report has Apple close to signing a deal with the fourth, however advises that last minute obstacles can always crop up.
By now, it should be obvious that Apple has eyes on cloud-based media, particularly for iTunes music. After acquiring the iCloud.com domain and now reports that two of the big four music labels have signed up, along comes a new patent discovery dating back to late 2009 that starts to bring Cupertino’s plans into focus.