iCloud – The Future? What’s Next?
Now that Apple has announced iCloud and we know what it does and doesn’t do, I started wondering when they (Apple) will attempt the same solution for their other offered media? As it stands iCloud will sync and keep copies for you, essentially, of your music and apps, as well as iBooks. Going so far as to scan your iTunes Library for music and allow you to have access to it anywhere (via the iTunes Match service for 25$ a year).
So when will Apple go after the movie industry too? What about the book and publishing industry? I mean why stop at music and apps? How about movies we have purchased as well? iTunes Match could scan and match those we ripped from our DVDs too. The same can be said for books. Sure, they said these are also included in iCloud already, at least those purchased through iBookstore, but how about iTunes Match for those ePubs we have from other sources, DRM free of course!?
I know this sounds like a pipe-dream with the state of these two industries and mobile/streaming services as well as vendor lock-in, but if you would have said Apple would pull off iTunes Match with the music industry a little while ago, I would have laughed you out of the room. It’s possible, and I have to think given Apple and Steve’s take on the cloud and iCloud, as well as Apple devices, that he too has this in mind for the future.
Maybe iTunes Match as a tiered pricing.
Single Service (Music) = 25/yr.
Two Services (Music/Movies) = 50/yr.
Three Services (Music, Movies, Books) = 75/yr.
I know I’d subscribe and love it. How about you?