Welcome!

Java IoT Authors: Liz McMillan, Elizabeth White, Pat Romanski, Yeshim Deniz, Zakia Bouachraoui

Related Topics: @CloudExpo

@CloudExpo: Article

Steve Jobs Ushers In Free "Post-PC" iCloud

iCloud Storage Locker Turns Out to be More of a Walk-In Closet

Apple's iCloud storage locker turns out to be more of a walk-in closet, a place to put photos, music, books and documents accessible from any Apple device.

And it's free. Well, pretty much.

It's cast as the central hub around which people will live their digital lives and "demote the PC and Mac to just be a device," according to master of ceremonies Steve Jobs, who was looking pretty frail, his bones sticking out of his signature black turtleneck, poor thing. He was greeted at Apple's annual developers' conference Monday by a standing ovation as well he should be.

iCloud consists of a new iTunes where people can freely download every song they ever bought and if they didn't buy it on iTunes - maybe because they never bought it at all - naughty, naughty - or honestly converted it from CDs they can pay $25 a year for a service called iTune Match that Apple acquired when it bought Lala last year.

Apple will reportedly pay the big music labels 70% of the take to sync the non-iTunes music on all the user's devices.

Otherwise Apple will scan people's iTunes libraries and play any song they have there on their iPhone, iPad, iPod and Mac - 10 devices to an account - because Apple's got deals with the record labels that Google and Amazon don't.

According to the New York Post it's paying the four major labels somewhere in the vicinity of $100 million-$150 million upfront for the privilege.

Google and Amazon users, on the other hand, have to go through the hassle of hoisting their songs into the cloud, which could take a really long time for people with large collections. Google and Amazon are eventually expected to pony up more than Apple to stay even.

Stick a Fork in MobileMe
The advent of iCloud means Apple's failed-anyway $99-a-year MobileMe service will be carbonized toast a year from now. Jobs called it "not our finest hour." From now on it'll be iCloud that let users sync their calendar, e-mail and contacts across devices complements of rewritten iCloud-ized applications while iWorks documents - Pages, Keynote and Numbers - can be stored on iCloud like Google Docs. Ditto iBooks, which will remember the bookmarked page you're on when you switch, say, from iPad to iPhone.

There's also a new service called Photo Stream, which will apparently do just that automatically thanks to a button on iPhoto. Apple will only store a person's last thousand pictures for 30 days - unless you move them to an album - but the storage space they take up won't be part of the free 5GB that goes with iCloud. That's only for mail, documents and automatic daily Wi-Fi-based backup. More space will be available for a price.

Apple's App Store will also be on iCloud.

iCloud will be free with iOS 5 when it arrives this fall including the free 5GB of storage. Right now the widgetry's in beta, open to developers, who'll get iCloud APIs, and civilians who just want to play with the music part of the thing.

iCloud will live in Apple's new environmentally friendly 500,000-square-foot data center in North Carolina.

By the way, Apple said it's sold 25 million iPads in the last 14 months.

As the Wall Street Journal said Apple failed to deliver rapture Monday and its shares fell $5.40 to $338.04, down another 1.57%. It was a punk day all around but the paper said Apple investors have irrational expectations and don't know a sticky lock-in product when they see one. 

More Stories By Maureen O'Gara

Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


IoT & Smart Cities Stories
Cloud-enabled transformation has evolved from cost saving measure to business innovation strategy -- one that combines the cloud with cognitive capabilities to drive market disruption. Learn how you can achieve the insight and agility you need to gain a competitive advantage. Industry-acclaimed CTO and cloud expert, Shankar Kalyana presents. Only the most exceptional IBMers are appointed with the rare distinction of IBM Fellow, the highest technical honor in the company. Shankar has also receive...
Digital Transformation and Disruption, Amazon Style - What You Can Learn. Chris Kocher is a co-founder of Grey Heron, a management and strategic marketing consulting firm. He has 25+ years in both strategic and hands-on operating experience helping executives and investors build revenues and shareholder value. He has consulted with over 130 companies on innovating with new business models, product strategies and monetization. Chris has held management positions at HP and Symantec in addition to ...
"MobiDev is a Ukraine-based software development company. We do mobile development, and we're specialists in that. But we do full stack software development for entrepreneurs, for emerging companies, and for enterprise ventures," explained Alan Winters, U.S. Head of Business Development at MobiDev, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Cloud computing delivers on-demand resources that provide businesses with flexibility and cost-savings. The challenge in moving workloads to the cloud has been the cost and complexity of ensuring the initial and ongoing security and regulatory (PCI, HIPAA, FFIEC) compliance across private and public clouds. Manual security compliance is slow, prone to human error, and represents over 50% of the cost of managing cloud applications. Determining how to automate cloud security compliance is critical...
Enterprises have taken advantage of IoT to achieve important revenue and cost advantages. What is less apparent is how incumbent enterprises operating at scale have, following success with IoT, built analytic, operations management and software development capabilities - ranging from autonomous vehicles to manageable robotics installations. They have embraced these capabilities as if they were Silicon Valley startups.
Recently, REAN Cloud built a digital concierge for a North Carolina hospital that had observed that most patient call button questions were repetitive. In addition, the paper-based process used to measure patient health metrics was laborious, not in real-time and sometimes error-prone. In their session at 21st Cloud Expo, Sean Finnerty, Executive Director, Practice Lead, Health Care & Life Science at REAN Cloud, and Dr. S.P.T. Krishnan, Principal Architect at REAN Cloud, discussed how they built...
When talking IoT we often focus on the devices, the sensors, the hardware itself. The new smart appliances, the new smart or self-driving cars (which are amalgamations of many ‘things'). When we are looking at the world of IoT, we should take a step back, look at the big picture. What value are these devices providing. IoT is not about the devices, its about the data consumed and generated. The devices are tools, mechanisms, conduits. This paper discusses the considerations when dealing with the...
Bill Schmarzo, author of "Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business" and "Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science," is responsible for setting the strategy and defining the Big Data service offerings and capabilities for EMC Global Services Big Data Practice. As the CTO for the Big Data Practice, he is responsible for working with organizations to help them identify where and how to start their big data journeys. He's written several white papers, is an avid blogge...
Business professionals no longer wonder if they'll migrate to the cloud; it's now a matter of when. The cloud environment has proved to be a major force in transitioning to an agile business model that enables quick decisions and fast implementation that solidify customer relationships. And when the cloud is combined with the power of cognitive computing, it drives innovation and transformation that achieves astounding competitive advantage.
Machine learning has taken residence at our cities' cores and now we can finally have "smart cities." Cities are a collection of buildings made to provide the structure and safety necessary for people to function, create and survive. Buildings are a pool of ever-changing performance data from large automated systems such as heating and cooling to the people that live and work within them. Through machine learning, buildings can optimize performance, reduce costs, and improve occupant comfort by ...