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Apple’s music streaming service, iTunes Match, is now in its beta testing stages. Testing reveled that not only will the service allow you to stream music; it will also allow you to download music from iCloud, Apple’s cloud storage.
This is how the music streaming service essentially works. If you’re planning to avail of the service, get ready to pay a yearly subscription of $25 (approximately £15). ITunes Match will then allow you to upload as much as 25,000 on Apple’s iCloud. This means that you no longer have to eat up storage space on devices like the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.
The music you can upload is not restricted to music purchased form iTunes. The service will allow you to upload music purchased from other services, songs ripped from CDs, and pirated tracks downloaded from other sources such as torrent files.
Uploaded music will appear across your iDevices via the Music app. If you want to stream music, all you have to do is tap on the track. There is also an option to download the track on your device for future offline listening.
Since the service is simple to use and reasonably priced, we can’t wait to subscribe. However, Apple has not announced when it will be coming to the UK. According to reports, it will be coming to the UK sometime in 2012.
Are you eager to subscribe to the iTunes Match music streaming service? Give us your thoughts.
The Apple iCloud streaming service has now rolled out to developers. Aside from knowing that the cloud streaming service is on the horizon, US pricing has also been unveiled.
For the basic 5 GB of storage, the service is free. However, if customers in the US would need 10 GB of storage, they would have to pay a yearly fee of $20.00 (around £12.00). For 20 GB of storage, they would have to pay a yearly fee of $40.00 (around £25.00), and for 50 GB, they would have to pay $100.00 (around £61.00). Unfortunately, UK prices have not been officially mentioned.
According to Apple, “iCloud Storage APIs enable your apps to store documents and key value data in iCloud. iCloud will wirelessly push documents to a user’s device automatically and update the documents when changed on any device – automatically.”
“iOS and Mac Developer Program members can set up iCloud for iOS, OS X Lion and Windows, and prepare their apps for the iCloud service.”
Apple’s iCloud service is a storage and syncing system that allows users to manage their email, documents, contacts, and calendar up in the clouds. It will also allow users to stream music and videos to any iOS device. It will also allow you to sync data and apps across other Apple devices. It can also work as backup, if ever you were to reset your iPhone or any other Apple device.
The basic service is free, but beyond that you would have to pay a yearly fee. Is the extra storage space worth it, or would you rather stick to the basics? Let us know your thoughts.
Both iOS and Android users thought that the legal battle between Apple and Amazon for the use of the generic term “app store” was absurd. Apple claims that it had trademark rights to the term, which Amazon has infringed. Now, the Cupertino firm has clearly done what it claims Amazon has stolen from them. iCloud communications is suing Apple for the naming its cloud streaming service “iCloud”.
iCloud Communications is a provider of advanced VOIP services and products. The company based in Arizona is known for services such as SIP Trunking, Hosted PBX, Conferencing, and residential VOIP services. It also offers a number of products such as IP phones and wireless IP phones.
Aside from being a VOIP service provider, the company is also a cloud computing company. It has filed these claims in court. iCloud Communications claims that is has been using the name “iCloud” as well as the logo to market its services as far back as 2005. The company is demanding that Apple destroys all marketing materials for its iCloud service as well as payment for damages. It is also asking the courts to render Apple’s iCloud trademark null and void, which Apple purchased from Xcerion. Apple believes that Xcerion had the only iCloud trademark that was registered.
It looks like that a settlement outside of court is most likely to happen here. We’re almost absolutely sure that Apple does not want this getting blown out of proportion. After all, it has been battling a number of big names in the industry just for the use of terms.
Another reason why we think that Apple is going to settle is the large investment on iCloud. Having four major record labels back the service up is no small deal, and losing it to this fiasco will be a major setback. We’re pretty sure that Apple is going to do everything it can for the iCloud to make it to your iPhone 4, iPad, or iPad 2. Well, for users in the US at least.