The netosphere is a’buzz with the announcement of Apple’s new cloud-based streaming music service. The Apple music service is actually part of a cloudy storage service called iCloud (what else?). iCloud is an online storage and “syncing” service which allows you to “sync” calendars, contacts, email, photos, documents, ebooks, and yes, your music, across multiple devices. The music part of it basically allows you to store your iTunes library in ‘the cloud’ and access it from any capable device. (We put “sync” in quotes because technically it’s not really syncing, it’s having your data “pushed” and downloaded to each of your devices, on demand, but many users still think of it as syncing.)
Says Apple, “iCloud is so much more than a hard drive in the sky. It’s the effortless way to access just about everything on all your devices. iCloud stores your content so it’s always accessible from your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, or PC. It gives you instant access to your music, apps, latest photos, and more. And it keeps your email, contacts, and calendars up to date across all your devices. No syncing required. No management required. In fact, no anything required. iCloud does it all for you.”
In making the announcement, Steve Jobs (and we are glad to see that he was up to it) opined that the new cloud based services have demoted the PC and even the Mac to “mere devices”. Funny, we thought when we heard that, the more things change the more they remain the same, as anyone who cut their teeth on a VT-100 terminal can you.
iCloud requires the forthcoming iOS5, will be free, and will come with 5GB of storage, against which items purchased from Apple do not count.
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