Apple Patent Reveals iCloud User Interface with ‘Partial Song Syncing’

A new patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office could reveal the user interface for Apple’s upcoming iCloud service, in addition to a feature for “partial song syncing.” Entitled “Local Storage of a Portion of Streamed Media Items,” the application depicts an iTunes-like user interface and describes a feature that would store a sample of each of … Read More

Apple Signs EMI, Cloud Music Deals Close to Completion? [iCloud]

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Earlier today, CNET reported that Apple has signed almost all of the four major record companies to include in their cloud based music streaming service, rumored to be called iCloud. Apple is closing in on obtaining the necessary agreements with the top four record companies that will enable the company to launch a fully licensed cloud-music service, according to sources … Read More

Amazon Withdraws Apple’s MobileMe as iCloud Launch Approaches

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC 2011) is set for June, and as well as announcements for iOS 5 and Mac OS X Lion, we’re expecting the company to launch its cloud-based music streaming service dubbed iCloud. Further evidence to suggest that this service is looming comes from Amazon today, who has now ceased sales of Apple’s MobileMe service. Usually Apple … Read More

Google Launches ‘Music Beta by Google’ — Apple Shouldn’t Worry

Google is holding its annual I/O event later on today, but the company has already released information on the products it is set to announce. One of which is called ‘Music Beta by Google’ — a service that provides users with online, cloud-based storage for up to 20,000 songs — and looks set to rival Apple’s upcoming iCloud. Google doesn’t … Read More