So much of cloud service news lately, Steve Job takes stages at WWDC (Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference) in San Francisco yesterday to unveil new Apple products and one of it is called iCloud, an online storage service to wirelessly share your music, photos, email, calendars and other data between handheld gadget and home PC via Apple’s server. The iCloud stores content and wirelessly pushes it to all your devices, which in further explanation, users have no ability to stream that content from the cloud but has to be downloaded to each iOS device .
“Apple had the chance to really move the industry forward today with a cloud based streaming offering and they didn’t. Huge disappointment. – Streaming Media blog”
Criticized by sections of the music industry for encouraging piracy, Michael Speck, who ran the music industry’s landmark, said Apple was “no better than the old p2p pirates”. Michael Speck already court case against file sharing network Kazaa and is now working on technologies to reduce piracy.
“no better than the old p2p pirates”
Even though Apple’s iCloud won’t launch until this fall, the beta version of iCloud is already built in to App Store and iTunes Store apps on Apple’s devices. It lets users view apps and songs they have already downloaded or purchased and add them to devices.
Currently only Amazon and Google offers cloud music services, but both require users to upload their entire collection to be able to listen to it on the Web. Since iCloud does not require the uploading of many gigabytes worth of music, will it be much easier for users?
“iCloud is more than just a hard drive in the sky” – Steve Jobs at WWDC
From the official site, iCloud is offering 5GB space for registered users, at free cost.