Apple Officially Announces Music Cloud Service iCloud

Posted Jun 7, 2011

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) introduced iCloud at the WWDC conference. iCloud works with the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, or PC. iCloud allows users to store content on the Internet and wirelessly push it to all iOS devices. When something changes on one device, all devices are wirelessly updated instantly.

?Today it is a real hassle and very frustrating to keep all your information and content up-to-date across all your devices,? said Apple CEO Steve Jobs in a press statement. ?iCloud keeps your important information and content up to date across all your devices. All of this happens automatically and wirelessly, and because it?s integrated into our apps you don?t even need to think about it?it all just works.?

iCloud services include:
1. Former Mobile Services – Contacts, Calendar, and Mail. Users will be able to share calendars with friends and family.
2. The App Store and iBookstore has the ability to download iOS apps and books to all devices, not just the device that they were purchased on.
3. iCloud Backup has the ability to automatically secure and back up iOS devices to iCloud daily over WiFI when iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch devices are being charged. Content being backed up includes purchased music, apps, photos, app data, device settings, and books.

iCloud Storage allows users to store documents created using the iCloud Storage APIs.

iCloud Photo Stream automatically uploads the photos that you take to your iPad, Apple TV, iPhoto, Macs, etc. Each photo will be stored in the cloud for 30 days.

iTunes in the Cloud allows you to download previously purchased iTunes music to all iOS devices without additional costs. Music that was not purchased through iTunes will be able to utilize iTunes Match. iTunes Match is a service that replaces your music with a 256 kbps AAC DRM-free version of the song if it can be matched to the 18 million songs in the iTunes Store. iTunes Match is available for a $24.99 annual fee.

Apple iCloud is being run out of three Apple data centers. A lot of the server load is being handled by the recent data facility built in Maiden, North Carolina. Apple invested over $500 million into their Maiden data center alone.

iTunes in the Cloud is available today and it requires iTunes 10.3/iOS 4.3.3.