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Tips: Apple on verge of Universal cloud music deal

updated 07:20 pm EDT, Fri May 20, 2011

Apple close on Universal, publishers due soon

More detail slips emerged on Friday that Apple was about to wrap up deals for its cloud music offering. Universal, the last to go through, was "about to sign" its agreement. Publishers were still unsigned, but the AP source said their deals were due to wrap up "soon."

Like earlier tips, they expected the remote streaming to be showcased at WWDC in early June. Whether or not it would go live wasn't mentioned.

Apple's deal is considered significant as it remains the only major firm offering cloud music to have gone through with negotiating deals. Amazon for its Cloud Player launched a raw service that requires uploading music by hand, leaving negotiations until after the service went live. Google had tried to negotiate for a label deal with its Music service for the better part of a year but gave up on more advanced plans after it refused to bow to label requests for secondary royalties.

The rumored Apple feature, possibly a part of a wider iCloud service, would match songs in iTunes collections against its own library and stream its own copies, saving the time and bandwidth needed with Amazon and Google. Apple might end up charging listeners, though Amazon only gives away 5GB of space for non-Amazon MP3 music and Google has said it might still charge for Music once out of beta.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    With all the iCloud this and iCloud that....

    Can barely imagine the HUGE grim starting to form on the hackers faces...

    iDentity theft, iCcount compromising, and plain old credit card iFraud...

    Solid local backup storage strategies never sounded better, and with today's prices per TeraByte, more affordable.

  1. PRoth

    Joined: Dec 1969



    you seem to lead a lonely, unfulfilled life.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hi PRoth, You must be a friend of...

    my ex-wife.

    She too likes the iCloud thing!

    and I'm 90% sure her lawyer has an iPod.

    and I could swear I saw an iLove Apple sticker on her lover's car.

    and, and, and...


  1. frankiec

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Arne, you rock!

    I like Apple's products as much as the next guy; have used them for years, converted many Windows users, etc., etc., but it's RIDICULOUS that Apple has more rabid fans than any major sports team. It's actually bizarre and is an example of the people that lead a lonely life.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Arne

    frankie, you don't know what you're talking about.

    What is bizarre is a bunch of people getting all hyped up over some stupid sports team. That's silly. It's just a game. Whereas Apple products are REAL! It's uber-important, not like sports.

    And they don't lead a lonely life. Not anymore. Why do you think Apple made the retail stores for? To give the fans a place to meet and congregate. A place where they can show off their Apple-intelligence.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Gosh frankie....

    You make me blush, many thanks for the attention and positive comment.

    Which makes me think your comments do not belong on this blog. In my experience this place is populated with many iBoys and a few iTrolls like myself!

    Serious, well informed, Industrial Design conscious consumers like yourself might not find much amusement here. Most comments (and most articles as well) are so biased it's hard to find on them them a hint useful information. Maybe you'd like to check out for comments so educated it takes a lot of research just to post.

    Nevertheless, it is nice from time to time, to find what I would call if you forgive my saying so, an unbiased non religious Apple polisher. Psss - do not tell anyone, but before locked down systems and a CEO's ego larger than his quarterly earnings I was there myself...

    Good to know there are still some out there;
    Great meeting you.

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