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Apple Rumored To Launch $25/Year iCloud Music Subscription Service

Apple Rumored To Launch $25/Year iCloud Music Subscription Service

Rumors are flying left and right about what tomorrow's WWDC keynote will reveal, but one thing is for sure: iCloud will be a major announcement. Google Music may have beaten Apple to the punch, but according to the latest reports over at The Los Angeles Times, Apple will have one thing that Google doesn't. That would be the support of major record labels. Apple's market power has skyrocketed over the years, and labels are now in a position that leaves them little option but to side with a company like this. Otherwise, piracy continues and people still refuse to pay for music; with iCloud, it's possible that people will pay for a monthly subscription, giving labels at least something in return.

The music industry has not only changed over the past ten years, but it has been up-ended. Apple's iCloud will reportedly be offered free of charge at first, eventually charging $25/year. Advertising would also be included, which makes sense given the already-low subscription rate. The profits would be split up between Apple, the publishers and the labels, and reports suggest that EMI, Universal, Sony and possibly others could be signed on. iTunes already dominates the music industry, but if this proves to be rooted in fact, it could very well take the crown by a mile.


We'll obviously find out if this turns out to be true tomorrow; if it is, will you be buying in? Or are you still using Rhapsody or some other streaming service?
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The cloud is generally referring to the internet. In this case it sounds like it is going to be some type of streaming service not necessarily an online storage service. I guess we will find out soon. Things like Microsoft Office online are considered cloud computing or more technically Software as a Service (SaaS)

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No, you upload and store your own music on Apple's servers, on the web, and access it with your various Apple products. You pay them a fee to have it there, available for you to use, but it's music that you've already paid for to begin with.

Apple can keep their service, I already like my Pandora, my XM Radio, and my Ubuntu box that streams music to an FM radio channel at my house using a Whole-House FM transmitter. It does the job well for me.

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Thanks for clearing that up realneil. $25/year is a steal compared to what other services are charging of course they do not say if there is a limit on how many Gb's can be stored. But alas I must agree they can keep their service I prefer Pandora since I get to hear a greater variety of music than is in my personal library. Buying new music is one of those luxuries I have had to give up since becoming a dad.

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omegadraco:
Buying new music is one of those luxuries I have had to give up since becoming a dad.

It's expensive to do, but I've found that there are ways to get CD's for far less money. I go to garage sales and flea markets and pay a buck or two for CD's. (sometimes less) I've been doing this for years, and I now have a huge collection of them. Boxes, and boxes, stored in the basement. I've ripped the songs that I like to digital format and have a crapload of MP3's to choose from.

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Pandora just allows for better music I think.  I find some good stuff that I probably would not have heard about elsewhere. $25 a year is not to bad but I'm sure other companies will offer something similar for free with ads.  Only real difference I notice is music label support and Apple brand name both of which I could live without.

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Yeah I was buying used music for quite a while before I stopped all together. I could imagine you can end up with a ton of music doing that. I have some family that goes to tag sales a lot I might have to ask them to look out for certain artists for me. I have a pretty good collection from what I already own most of it is just ranges from  2-60 years old :) Mostly I do alright with Pandora and FM radio.

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realneil:

No, you upload and store your own music on Apple's servers, on the web, and access it with your various Apple products. You pay them a fee to have it there, available for you to use, but it's music that you've already paid for to begin with.

Apple can keep their service, I already like my Pandora, my XM Radio, and my Ubuntu box that streams music to an FM radio channel at my house using a Whole-House FM transmitter. It does the job well for me.

 

Actually as far as I read on the web about this whole Apple iCloud and iTunes Match thing,  you have to pay for the iTunes match only if you need to upload the non iTunes mp3 music you got from various other sources to the iCloud to access it on any device.

If you have only iTunes mp3s than the iTunes Match searches and matches your music with the ones from iTunes library and gets it into the Apple iCloud from there or something like that for free.

They do seem to be makin' money outta thin air but anyhow  guess 25 bucks is not such a big price to pay  if it'll really let you  use the iTunes Match to upload any kind of music to the iCloud to make it accessible on any devices I have round the house.

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jaydeans:
If you have only iTunes mp3s than the iTunes Match searches and matches your music with the ones from iTunes library and gets it into the Apple iCloud from there or something like that for free.

This feature has some music industry people pissed-off. If you have a PC based collection of MP3 songs that exist on iTunes, it will scan your PC and put them into your 'Cloud' library for you. (without you having to upload them too!)

But it does not look for digital rights on them, thereby legitimizing forever, possibly pirated, music.

I can hear the RIAA choking on this already. (unless their share of the money that Apple collects from you and I is enough for them)

I wonder if Apple will 'share' the results of the scan of MP3's that reside on your system with the RIAA? Surprise

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