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Leak: Apple's cloud music locker finished before Google's

updated 04:40 pm EDT, Thu April 21, 2011

Apple iTunes media locker said done before Google

Multiple sources claimed Thursday that Apple has already completed its rumored cloud media locker. The service would let iTunes users store music online to stream it back as long as they have a fast Internet connection. Apple still hadn't finished getting licenses, Reuters understood, but the service was technically ready.

The timing hadn't been given out and likely depended on how soon those deals might be negotiated.

Google, meanwhile, was still struggling to get that far with its own plans, extra sources said. Elaborating on stories of rapidly derailing negotiations, they claimed Google had been flip-flopping on what it wanted, switching from a basic cloud locker and download store to a subscription service. Labels suspected the change in CEOs as a possible reason for the indecision.

"They keep changing what they're asking for," one explained.

Amazon was the first among major companies to get a media locker started through its Cloud Drive, but it did so by deliberately ignoring demands from labels that wanted to try and charge users a second time for storing it remotely. Amazon has contended that it doesn't need extra licenses to charge for music but has been negotiating for more in what most presume would let mobile users sync their libraries back to the cloud.




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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -11

    Whatever...

    Multiple sources claimed Thursday that Apple has already completed its rumored cloud media locker....Apple still hadn't finished getting licenses, Reuters understood, but the service was technically ready.
    ...
    Google, meanwhile, was still struggling to get that far with its own plans, extra sources said. Elaborating on stories of rapidly derailing negotiations, they claimed Google had been flip-flopping on what it wanted, switching from a basic cloud locker and download store to a subscription service.


    So they point out that google isn't done in part because they haven't negotiated contracts, but Apple doesn't.

    And who says Google's media locker isn't technically done? By now, they may have all three done, just waiting for management to decide what they can do.

    And since neither company has actually stated plans to have such a feature, it could all be moot since neither may release it.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    Great news for Google

    Now they'll have something for their engineers to copy directly. No more guessing what Apple might or might not do.

    I think Apple just got tired of waiting for Google to make their trademark enormous, embarrassing, fatal mistakes in public. Like they usually do unless there's an Apple product to copy.

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -7

    re: Great news for Google


    Just remember one thing. Apple don't do Cloud-anything well. It's not their thing. Google does cloud very, very well. I can bet when Google finally gets all the kinks ironed out, they will unveil a pretty slick system.

    >>>I think Apple just got tired of waiting for Google to make their trademark enormous, embarrassing, fatal mistakes in public.

    Oh like Google's MobileMe fiasco? Oh wait... That was Apple.... Nevermind.

    Drroid!


    - Sent from my Android Device.

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