The always thoughtful Shawn Blanc has some thoughts on what Apple will do with iCloud. Essentially he says they will move MobileMe over, add dedicated storage for music and a place to sync 3rd party app data. All things that I believe are realistic, with one exception. Blanc believes Apple will only charge for the storage of music but give the rest away for free.
I don’t buy that. I think Apple is going to make the whole thing free. The services will be useless without Macs and iOS devices and will force users to buy those in to order to use it. I also believe that the online storage/streaming of music will only be music that you have purchased through iTunes, meaning that you have to buy a lot of music to make the most use of it.
Michael Grothaus from TUAW with the rumor du jour:
German Apple site Macerkopf.de is claiming via a “trusted source” that Apple is set to hold a media event sometime during the first two weeks of April in which Apple will preview iOS 5 and also launch a revamped MobileMe service.
I think everyone and their mother is expecting an iOS 5 event in April. The MobileMe rumor has been on the table for a while and has been picking up steam the last month or so.
One of the crappy things about iTunes has always been the fact that if your hard drive crashes you cannot download music you previously purchases in iTunes. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. You are able to put purchased music on five devices right now, but if you happen to be a person with only once device then you are screwed.
Thomas Ricker from Engadget says this is going to change:
According to Bloomberg’s sources, Apple is instead, planning to offer unlimited downloads to any device linked to the same iTunes account. So, purchase a track on your iPhone and download it again for free to your iPad without having to go back and tether the mobile device to your PC or Mac for a sync. Hard disk crash? No worries, there’s a permanent backup in the cloud.
The rumors are coupled with the perpetual rumors of a streaming iTunes service and a revamped MobileMe, so I will believe it when I see it.