iCloud – Is it for you?

The announcement of the iCloud platform has a number of really nice features, some available now, some available once the new iOS 5 is released. The basic question we need to know is if the iCloud platform is really made for use by individuals or businesses. By all accounts, what we can see, this service is meant to provide a great backup and multiple device sharing service for individuals, not businesses. Wether or not you know it, you are probably already using the cloud for personal backup (Flickr for example).  What this platform does is also allow you to synch your music, photos and apps with up to 10 of your devices. The clear winner for this are users who want to access their music anywhere. As long as you are connected to the internet, your will have access. Here are things we know:

  • You can use up to 10 devices, all using the same iTunes/MobileMe account to connect to your library. All 10 devices have access to your email, photos, apps and music anytime you are connected.
  • Users have up to 5 gigs free space for iWorks documents and other file storage
  • iTunes purchased music will be synched and saved free
  • Non-iTunes purchased music can be synched for a $25 fee. If the music is already online, you will have access to that song already uploaded but it may not be the same bit rate quality you have on your local computer. Other devices will use the online version rather than your original version on your computer.
  • Sharing files with other users have not been defined.
  • A photo posted from your iPhone will be synched and available with your Mac for editing (not PCs)

Once you’ve gotten used to having your apps and media managed through iCloud, it’s going to be awfully tough to leave it–not because it’s difficult to make the switch to a new platform, but because it will undoubtedly be so unpleasant to give up the effortless mobile data ubiquity it provides. Going forward, iCloud undoubtedly means more hardware purchases for Apple from new customers and old. This is, of course, all assuming iCloud works as advertised. As Apple CEO Steve Jobs himself noted during his WWDC keynote earlier this week, the company’s first foray into cloud services wasn’t a rousing success. “I know what you’re thinking,” he said. “Why should we trust Apple. They’re the ones who brought us MobileMe. It wasn’t our finest hour–let me just say that–but we learned a lot from it.”

The big benefit here is sharing your apps and music.



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