Apple Cloud music service revealed next weekCEO Steve Jobs to unveil iCloud at WWDC

01 June 2011

Apple iCloud confirmed

Apple will announce details of its Cloud music service iCloud at a conference next week

Apple has announced it will unveil iCloud, its Cloud music service, at the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2011) on Monday 6 June. 

Rumours of an Apple Cloud music service have been circulating for some time, with reports in the last few weeks suggesting Apple was close to reaching agreements with all four top global music labels

Its announcement follows hot on the heels of similar Cloud music services from Amazon and Google. Apple's service will also have to compete with the likes of music streaming services such as Spotify, which recently added the ability to sync songs from its desktop application with iPods.

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What is The Cloud?

The Cloud refers to a network-based storage system where users files are stored on third-party servers rather than their own PC. For a Cloud-based music service this would mean listeners' music was stored on a remote server rather than being saved on their smartphone or tablet. Users would be able to access the MP3 files via an internet connection and stream the music to their device. 

The services announced by Amazon and Google allow users to store their own music remotely, and stream tracks they already own. The Apple service could go one step further: if it has licensed the music it can store, users would be able to listen to master copies of tracks rather than having to upload their whole music collection to the Cloud.  

At the moment this is all speculation as, true to style, Apple has not confirmed any further details on the service before next week's conference.

Apple next generation software

Updates to Apple's software for Mac and its mobile devices will also be revealed at the WWDC. Lion, the new version of the Mac operating system, and iOS 5, the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, will also be unveiled. 

For more details on Apple iOS updates, keep an eye on the Which? Tech blog for all the latest tech and mobile news 

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