Apple have finally confirmed that they have a cloud based music service ready for launch. The iCloud will launch on Monday 6th June at the Cupertino giant’s WWDC conference in San Francisco.
The official Apple release reads:
Apple CEO Steve Jobs and a team of Apple executives will kick off the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address on Monday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m.
At the keynote, Apple will unveil its next generation software – Lion, the eighth major release of Mac OS X; iOS 5, the next version of Apple’s advanced mobile operating system which powers the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch; and iCloud, Apple’s upcoming cloud services offering.
Though the Apple press release does not go into specifics over the nature of the service, the iCloud is expected to act as a digital locker in much the same way that Google and Amazon’s recently-launched cloud offerings currently do. Users are expected to be able to store their entire music catalogue in Apple’s data centres, available to be streamed to PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPods and iPads anywhere where an internet connection is available.
As the release states, Mac OS X Lion and iOS 5 will also be revealed at the show, so it’ll be interesting to see how the iCloud is integrated into these latest software offerings from Apple.