Apple has reportedly seduced Universal, meaning all four major music labels – Sony, EMI and Warner being the other three – are now on board with the Californians’ soon-to-be announced iCloud service.
iCloud will be unveiled officially on Monday, June 6, at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference. Essentially it’ll allow users to store their iTunes libraries online and access their music from multiple iDevices.
A CNET source suggests that the digital locker will only store iTunes purchases initially, with the option to store music acquired outwith iTunes coming at a later date. That sounds a bit rubbish, actually. I’d be able to store, well, none of my music.
Amazon and Google have already launched their cloud-based music services, but did so without record label backing. Apple’s coup will allow them to provide higher quality streaming.
The finer details are unknown. For example, the LA Times reports that the service will cost $25 per year for a subscription.
We’ll find out lots more next week when WWDC gets underway.