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‘Think of iCloud as the New iTunes’

The ever-connected John Gruber from Daring Fireball has posted some last minute rumours about what to expect from WWDC tomorrow. The key line, which he recalls as fourth-hand information, and believes is:

Don’t think of iCloud as the new MobileMe; think of iCloud as the new iTunes.

That’s right. iCloud could possible become the epicenter to replace iTunes, and become the command centre for storing everything from your iOS devices in the cloud. Just how revolutionary could iCloud be?

But in short let’s just think about the ways that iCloud might be a major, dare I say game-changing, step away from USB tethering between iOS devices and iTunes running on your Mac/PC. Consider just the new out-of-box experience. Rather than “Take this out, plug it into your Mac or PC (after first making sure your Mac/PC is running the latest version of iTunes), wait for it to sync before you actually play with it”, you might get something like “Take this out, turn it on, sign into your iTunes account, and start playing with it.”

This is something Apple needs to overcome–how iOS devices operate out of the box. Relying on iTunes to activate before being able to use a device is a major pain, and is completely unnecessary.

19 more hours.

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  • http://www.iJailbreak.com Mike McKinnon

    I really hope this is where they are going with this. Especially for the iPad. USB sync is the only thing holding it back from actually being a completely separate computing device. A little worried for what this could mean in the jailbreak community, though. Will this mean no more downloading your firmware, and updating on your computer? If so, jailbreaking will be done, except for userland exploits.

  • http://www.iJailbreak.com Mike McKinnon

    I really hope this is where they are going with this. Especially for the iPad. USB sync is the only thing holding it back from actually being a completely separate computing device. A little worried for what this could mean in the jailbreak community, though. Will this mean no more downloading your firmware, and updating on your computer? If so, jailbreaking will be done, except for userland exploits.

  • Drocass

    I have been saying this for years now, OTA updates and now you will be storing your music on Apple servers soon, thus Apple has the right to check the licensing on each song as its on their server now, not the privacy of your home computer. 
    This is a brilliant move for many reasons, convince, security, and getting one over music downloaders.
    I still think OTA iOS updates is in our future giving Apple the right to also scan our iOS installed to find any foreign files (jailbreak files)  

    If this goes as I think it will, and illegally downloaded music gets crushed by Apples new implemented Cloud based license check for imported music, this could be really good and bad at the same time.  Great for music producers, bad for the millions of illegal downloaders that have to make the hard choice. Dump Apple for free music, or start paying for music for Apple ^_~

  • Drocass

    I have been saying this for years now, OTA updates and now you will be storing your music on Apple servers soon, thus Apple has the right to check the licensing on each song as its on their server now, not the privacy of your home computer. 
    This is a brilliant move for many reasons, convince, security, and getting one over music downloaders.
    I still think OTA iOS updates is in our future giving Apple the right to also scan our iOS installed to find any foreign files (jailbreak files)  

    If this goes as I think it will, and illegally downloaded music gets crushed by Apples new implemented Cloud based license check for imported music, this could be really good and bad at the same time.  Great for music producers, bad for the millions of illegal downloaders that have to make the hard choice. Dump Apple for free music, or start paying for music for Apple ^_~

  • Drocass

    I have been saying this for years now, OTA updates and now you will be storing your music on Apple servers soon, thus Apple has the right to check the licensing on each song as its on their server now, not the privacy of your home computer. 
    This is a brilliant move for many reasons, convince, security, and getting one over music downloaders.
    I still think OTA iOS updates is in our future giving Apple the right to also scan our iOS installed to find any foreign files (jailbreak files)  

    If this goes as I think it will, and illegally downloaded music gets crushed by Apples new implemented Cloud based license check for imported music, this could be really good and bad at the same time.  Great for music producers, bad for the millions of illegal downloaders that have to make the hard choice. Dump Apple for free music, or start paying for music for Apple ^_~

  • Anonymous

    How does this work for iOS devices with the typical Canadian data allowances? If you’ve got 512MB you’re not going to have a lot of time per month to listen to music.

  • Anonymous

    How does this work for iOS devices with the typical Canadian data allowances? If you’ve got 512MB you’re not going to have a lot of time per month to listen to music.

  • Anonymous

    How does this work for iOS devices with the typical Canadian data allowances? If you’ve got 512MB you’re not going to have a lot of time per month to listen to music.