With an unusual pre-announcement, Apple announced the release of new products coming next week in the company's WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference). Along with the next version of iOS and Mac OS X Lion, Apple confirmed the release of iCould, which has long been speculated and rumored after Apple acquired cloud-music service with Lala in 2009 and obtained the domain iCloud.com.
The unveiling of iCloud will finally let iOS users access their music from cloud. In terms of labels, there have been reports that all four major global record labels, Warner Music, EMI, Universal and Sony have signed or are very close to signing with iCloud iTunes service.
The features are very similar to those of Lala. Instead of copying a user's music library and putting it in the cloud, Lala would scan the songs, identify which ones were from labels with licensing deals, and give the user access to those songs in cloud. Then the user can access any of those songs from any computer by logging into the service.
iCloud is expected to mimic Lala's system, which was closed down in April 2010. iCloud is expected to contain more than just music, and replace the unpopular MobileMe service.
According to a report from Businessweek, iCloud will be capable of scanning a user's iTunes library and mirror it in the cloud, and identifying and replacing substandard files with a track of higher quality. In scanning a user's iTunes library, iCloud saves users' time from uploading gigabytes of files.
Some experts speculated that iCloud would not be a free service, but available via a monthly subscription.
The truths of iCloud will be announced by Steve Jobs at the WWDC keynote scheduled for 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST) on June 6.