Report: Apple To Launch Cloud Music Service In April
March 22, 2011 at 11:04 AM (PT)
If reports are correct, APPLE consumers may be able to store their music in a cloud within a few weeks. HYPEBOT.COM reports that APPLE is trying to finalize deals with the major labels for the licensing that would enable APPLE to re-launch its MOBILEME service in APRIL. This would allow users to store their music online and access it from any mobile device.
APPLE's cloud music service could cost $20 annually. To support the service, a new $1 billion data center in MAIDEN, NC, is expected to open this spring.
According to WAYNE ROSSO at THE MUSIC VOID, APPLE has already secured a licensing deal with the WARNER MUSIC GROUP; UMG and EMI are expected to follow suit soon, but SONY seems to be the hardest "get."
APPLE's cloud music service will have a small head start, at best, over GOOGLE's service, with SLACKER and SPOTIFY prepping their own clouds as well.