Apple iCloud logo revealed, free service at start but $25 annually later, reports say

By on Jun 3, 2011 in Internet, Software, Technology, United States, World Comments

The Apple iCloud logo was revealed on Thursday, while reports say that the service will be free at first but may cost $25 annually later.

Apple iCloud logo displayed at Moscone Center
in San Francisco for WWDC

Image Credit: Josh Miller/CNET

As noted at CNET News on Thursday, June 2, 2011, the iCloud logo was unveiled while Apple is preparing for the annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which will be held on Monday, June 6 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center.

As shown here in the photo, the iCloud logo suggests that the service will be a separate feature from iTunes based on its app-like appearance inside a rectangle.

Meanwhile, a report at Los Angeles Times said that the iCloud service will be free at first but may be worth $25 yearly so users can upload their music collection.

Apparently, sources familiar with the negotiations between Apple and iCloud’s major record labels told the report initial free service and the paid service will be introduced later.

“With the $25 annual fee, users can stream the music through a Web browser, or to whatever iPod Touch/iPhone/iPad or Mac they like.” The report said.

Last Tuesday, May 31, Apple published a press release on its official website announcing the keynote address to be made by Apple CEO Steve Jobs and his team for the annual WWDC on Monday, at 10 a.m. (California time).

According to Apple, three next-generation software will be unveiled which include Lion, the eighth major release of Mac OS X; iOS 5, Apple’s latest version of advanced mobile operating system for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch; and iCloud, Apple’s upcoming cloud service.

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