Apple said in a press release that it will detail its next-generation desktop operating system, Mac OS X Lion, as well as iOS 5, the next version of the mobile operating system running on its iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. CEO Steve Jobs, who is on an indefinite medical leave, is scheduled to participate in WWDC.
Apple stopped short of providing specifics about Cloud in this morning’s announcement. However, details have been leaking out, since Apple acquired online music-streaming service Lala a year and a half ago. Apple’s rumored cloud music service will have the ability to scan a user’s iTunes library and “mirror” it in the cloud, says a report from Businessweek.
- Amazon’s new cloud-based music service provides users with up to 5GB of free, online music storage, and 20GB of free access for a year if they purchase an album via Amazon MP3. Beyond that, it’s $20. The company is offering Amazon Cloud Drive, Amazon Cloud Player for Web, and Amazon Cloud Player for Android, all of which will let users upload their music collections to the cloud and access those songs on Android phones and tablets, as well as the PC and Mac.
- Google Music Beta is free (while it’s still in Beta). The company’s keeping a tight lid on prospective pricing plans, but the beta allows for 20,000 tracks at any bitrate to be uploaded.
The disadvantage to those uploading approaches is that it typically takes hours to copy many gigabytes of music. It also doesn’t provide the opportunity to “upgrade” the songs to higher-quality versions, as Apple’s service will supposedly do.