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Apple said to have bought iCloud.com

updated 07:45 am EDT, Thu April 28, 2011

Apple said buying iCloud domain

Apple may have bought iCloud.com [redirect] in a sign it's getting closer to launch its rumored cloud media locker service. Swedish online storage firm Xcerion is rumored to have sold the web address to Apple for $4.5 million and moved over to CloudMe.com on April 5. GigaOM hadn't independently confirmed the deal, but a WHOIS check Thursday morning confirmed Xcerion was for now still officially listed as the iCloud domain owner.

Domain names aren't necessarily a good guess as to Apple plans but sometimes show a passing interest. The company is well known for having owned iPhone.org several years before the first iPhone ever showed. Its moves are sometimes deceptive, as it had the iSlate domain late in 2009 only to name its device the iPad weeks later.

iCloud as such might not necessarily be the name of any Apple service but a buyout to keep options open or to prevent a company with hostile intent from taking it over. Apple nonetheless has a reputation for renaming its cloud services whenever it wants to significantly change strategies. It started first with iTools but rebranded to .Mac later and eventually the current MobileMe.

As described so far, the rumored service would be much more ambitious and could store music, as well as possibly photos and videos, for streaming to an iOS device or another copy of iTunes. Non-media services may go free, but rumors assert that Apple might still charge a fee, even if less than the $99 it asks today.

Any service is believed in part to be a hedge against Google's own strength online, though Apple may unusually beat Google to online media after Google Music talks fell flat. Its strategy would be similar and give Android as well as Chrome OS users access to a remote collection along with a music store.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. kerryb

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    good name

    perhaps the icloud will not a part of mobileme after all it makes sense since many people will want one or the other.

  1. Grendelmon

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    That's interesting, because

    I just bought whocares.com

    /sarcasm

  1. brainiac

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    iCaramba

    :)

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    yep!

    And any day now Apple will be unveiling their new zoo service by opening up mammals.org.

    Or at least that's what we guess, since Apple bought that name 10 years ago and still holds the rights to it. Must be for something. Maybe waiting for the space aliens to land, so then we'd have a place to get human information?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    Not quite

    Apple nonetheless has a reputation for renaming its cloud services whenever it wants to significantly change strategies. It started first with iTools but rebranded to .Mac later and eventually the current MobileMe.

    It went from iTools to .Mac because iTools was an even worse name than MobileMe is (what was it, a set of tools for the internet?). The rebrand to MobileMe (still a stupid name, let alone the ego-centric me.com email addresses) was done to try to sell it outside the Mac world, although it is still far more centered around Macs than PCs. That's not really a significant strategy change.

  1. PRoth

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    I wish...

    I had 4.5 million for a passing interest...

  1. PRoth

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Correction: iWish

    there, that's better.

  1. facebook_Waqas

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Apr 2011

    +1

    Apple rumoured to have bought iCloud domain name

    Apple rumoured to have bought iCloud domain name

    http://www.bangobang.com/2011/04/apple-rumoured-to-have-bought-icloud.html

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