Steve Jobs unveils iCloud

Steve Jobs unveils iCloudAfter Scott Forstall talked about the 200+ new features in iOS 5 (or the top 10, at least), Steve Jobs took to the stage to reveal the not-so-secret iCloud.

Jobs noted that syncing devices in the 21st century has become a nightmare, as they all have photos, video and music. "We've got a great solution to this problem,” promised Steve. “We're going to demote the PC and the Mac to just be a device. We're going to move the digital hub, the center of your digital life, into the cloud.

"iCloud stores your content in the cloud and wirelessly pushes it to all your devices. It automatically uploads it, stores it, and pushes it to all your devices,” explains Jobs. "Everything happens automatically and there's nothing new to learn. It just all works."

Take a photo on your iPhone, for example, and it’ll automatically appear in a special Photo Stream album on your iPad, Mac and/or PC. Photos in particular are stored in the cloud for 30 days.

It’s a similar story with contacts, calendars, documents, apps, books and email (with an account). Incidentally, MobileMe will cease to exist. It used to cost $99/year; iCloud will be free.

What about music? A new service called iTunes Match scans your devices for music; any titles available from iTunes will be made available in the cloud at 256kbps (no upload required), with remaining titles (i.e. those not available from iTunes) uploaded. The upshot is: it’ll only take minutes to get your entire music library up in the cloud. Cost? $24.99/year, regardless of how many songs you have.

Of course, Jobs was keen to point out that their cloud music service is faster than Amazon and Google’s, and cheaper than Amazon’s ($50 for 5,000 songs). Google has yet to announce pricing.

via: Engadget

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CTPAHHIK  Jun. 7, 2011 at 08:00

Very good idea Steve - really convenient and hassle free. I'm sure US providers will be thrilled about this - with no unlimited data plans will let them rip huge profits.

On the other note, MS gives you 25GB free. Can you beat that?

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 7, 2011 at 12:27

If this won't put off a number of businesses, I don't know what planet I'm on. Here, Jack, your desk, your phone, and sure, go ahead - put all our business stuff in the cloud using your iTunes account...
The networks, too, will really love this.
By the way, Skype's down again - good news for businesses whose 'strategy' involves reliance on online services. Just ask Sony and LulzSec ;)

CTPAHHIK  Jun. 7, 2011 at 13:59

Skype is back up now.

CTPAHHIK  Jun. 7, 2011 at 14:05

iTunes and cloud was not first. Google Desktop showed up a long time ago. That thing indexes all your files and puts it up on Google servers. Really brilliant thing to have at work, especially if you are Google competitor. Makes me wonder how did Google came up with all those innovative ideas? (_;)

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 7, 2011 at 14:07

skype is still down for many, including myself ;)


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