Archive for: icloud

Apple Launching “iTunes Replay” Within Weeks. Re-Download Lost iTunes Content. (Streaming Too?)

  • August 3, 2011 9:26 am

You’d think in the modern age of 2011 we could re-download purchased content via big name digital media providers such as iTunes. But as many of you know, re-downloading lost content often takes a fair amount of groveling to Apple CSRs, if they even give you the option of re-downloading said content at all. But AppAdvice paints a more optimistic picture with claims they have heard and independently verified a new service Apple will allegedly launch in the coming weeks called “iTunes Replay”.

Even more tantalizing than the ability to re-download lost iTunes content, however, are new rumors pointing to iTunes streaming dropping underneath the iTunes Replay moniker.

What’s unknown at this point is how or if Apple will tie iTunes Replay into iCloud. According to AppAdvice, Apple is actually planning on keeping the two separate. Also in the dark are how Apple will integrate iTunes Replay into iOS and OS X — will their be dedicated mobile and desktop apps?

Nothing has been confirmed *officially* of course given Apple’s super secret nature. Nonetheless, we’re pretty stoked. If Apple can push out a reliable (and simple) streaming service/feature built into iTunes, our Spotify and Rdio accounts will quickly get pink slips — that is of course assuming any associated costs are minimal.

Stay tuned… Goes Live For Developers. We Bring The Screenshots (And Pricing)!

  • August 1, 2011 7:04 pm

Apple’s new web interface for their upcoming iCloud service is now live…for developers. Yeah, sorry about getting you all excited. But hey, it’s alright. We’ve got some screenshots of the new service for you to pour/drool over.

Before you jump inside, how about a look at pricing, hmm?

  • Additional 10 GB — $20/year
  • Additional 20 GB — $40/year
  • Additional 50 GB — $100/year

Ok, now it’s time for the eye candy/holy gigantor screenshots batman…

Confirmed: iCloud Will Feature Dedicated Mail, Calendar And Contact Web Apps.

  • June 24, 2011 2:19 pm

Ever since Apple announced iCloud in early June, the world at large — specifically Mobile Me/potential iCloud users — have wondered how exactly they’ll be able to access their iCloud content online as Apple is killing off the Mobile Me name and services.

Thankfully we have a place to go. A newly released FAQ webpage confirms that Apple will launch iCloud mail, calendar, and contact web apps when iCloud launches this fall.

As for iDisk, MobileMe Gallery and iWeb content — better get your stuff saved locally. They’re dead and gone.

Refer iCloud Employee To Apple, Score $10,000 Bonus.

  • June 9, 2011 8:36 pm

Word on the streets say Apple is heading up a rather unique way to attract new talent to oversea their new iCloud service. According to several 9to5Mac sources, any Apple employee who refers someone eventually hired in as an iCloud employee will receive a $10,000 bonus added to their paycheck. The 1-month window signals that Steve Jobs and Co. are looking to get everything prepped sooner rather than later. Though we certainly can’t blame them with a fall release for a trifecta of Apple services and products quickly approaching.

Leaked Document Details MobileMe To iCloud Transfer Process.

  • June 7, 2011 1:52 pm

iCloud may not be hitting consumers’ hands until later this year, but that doesn’t mean those who like to be informed can’t get on the up and up right now. A leaked PDF details the entire process of moving from your current MobileMe setup to the new iCloud variant.

For Mac users some gentle in-step processes will need to be taken. Windows users, however, will need to be even more strict with the how-to process to avoid completely deleting your backed up content as well as lengthy lists of duplicates. Though such hardships aren’t surprising given that it’s the “other” platform.

Don’t be a loser (literally). Read the PDF if you’re a MobileMe user looking to move to iCloud.

Burning Question: How Will Apple Handle Widget Distribution?

  • June 6, 2011 6:27 pm

Today Apple unveiled a truckload of new digital products set to start hitting users in the coming month with OS X Lion in July. But perhaps more important than the tweaks in OS X are the numerous changes made to iOS. One of the most highly sought after features in iOS was that of widgets (alongside revamped notifications). With iOS 5 Apple is finally delivering. But left out of today’s WWDC presentation were a number of key questions.

  • How will Apple push out widgets — through App Store?
  • Will developers have access to create their own widgets or will they be Apple-only?
  • Will widgets work like apps in that they’ll need to be developed for multiple devices or will one version work across devices (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch/Mac)?

Being widget lovers ourselves, we’re fairly certain that while the future may be a bit murky now, the coming weeks will unleash a further treasure trove of information.

Of course if you feel you’ve got the answers in the meantime, feel free to share with the rest of us.

WWDC: Everything You Need To Know About iCloud.

  • June 6, 2011 3:18 pm

Apple is bringing together OS X, iOS, and all other device/platforms in new ways with their new iCloud service. While the most seamless experience will be found on Apple’s own platforms, the possibilities to blend in with other devices and platforms are certainly powerful.

Hop inside for everything you need to know about Apple’s new iCloud service…

Apple Paid Labels Up To $150 Million For iCloud Deals?

  • June 3, 2011 11:21 am

As the details of Apple’s upcoming iCloud continue to trickle out ahead of WWDC, we find ourselves increasingly surprised by just how much the entire service will cost them. According to several NY Post sources, Apple has paid major music labels between $100-$150 million in order to secure the necessary licenses and rights for iCloud. What’s most astonishing is that these so called “licenses” for streaming your own uploaded content aren’t needed despite claims from major music labels.

Amazon and Google have already launched their competing cloud-based music streaming services for user uploaded content without the same licenses. Though, both services lack some of the rumored features of Apple’s iCloud, most notably the ability have their music libraries mirrored as opposed to uploaded. With that said, the reviews of both services have been rather subdued thus far. We must say, however, that we think it’s a bit too early to slap a verdict on either Google or Amazon’s cloud services.

With Apple choosing the route that they did and securing the labels’ and music publishers’ blessings, Apple will reportedly be able to differentiate their iCloud service from Amazon and Google’ services in one very big way — users won’t have to manually upload the music they wish to stream. Instead, Apple’s will scan a user’s hard drive and then mirror the same content on the user’s account on their servers. Doing this will save countless hours for people with large music collections that would otherwise take many hours or days to fully upload.

It all goes down this coming Monday, June 6th, at WWDC.

Apple’s iCloud Details Spilled Ahead Of WWDC Announcement? $25 Annual Subscription?

  • June 2, 2011 9:03 pm

We already know what the upcoming iCloud icon will look like, and now thanks to a new report by the L.A. Times, we might also have a price.

For $25/year, Apple will supposedly provide a digital locker for consumers to upload (and possibly mirror) their entire music library for streaming on any supported devices. Also suggested though not expected to come until a later date are movies, TV show rentals, and other digital content sold through iTunes.

The logistics of the new iCloud service will see music labels taking a full 70% of subscription revenue while music publishers secure 12%. Apple will recover the remaining 18%, or ~$4.50 from every $25 subscription.

What is certain, however, is that Apple literally chased the major music labels and music publishers down to the wire. In the same report as listed above, sources familiar with the matter claim Apple just secured (for a fact) all four major music labels today (Warner Music Group, EMI Music Group, Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment) and will finish the initial iCloud feature set by closing deals with music publishers tomorrow. iCloud is scheduled to be released in four days on June 6th at the annual WWDC conference.

Stay tuned as the details of WWDC will likely continue as the event nears…