There is no such thing as a free lunch in the world, but a free service? That sounds plausible, with Apple’s iCloud rumored to be made available to the masses for free before they start charging a $25 annual fee. Bear in mind that this is just speculation as at press time, and applies to iTunes Music Store customers. The Los Angeles Times did confirm earlier reports that pointed towards Apple having finalized contracts with the last of the major music labels, so it should be all systems go from now on.
Said report read, “The service initially will be offered for a free period to people who buy music from Apple’s iTunes digital download store. The company plans to eventually charge a subscription fee, about $25 a year, for the service.”
No idea on whether the report is referring to the cost of the entire iCloud service, or perhaps it could be just the streaming music feature alone. If you want to compare Apple’s current online storage solution, MobileMe, that will cost a dollar short of on e Benjamin each year.
There will also be ads floating around the iCloud service, so perhaps it could be why the cost to the customer is reduced, and since we are so desensitized to ads already, we’re quite sure that something like that won’t be too much of a stumbling block, no?
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