Apple's Cloud Music Service will Represent Future of Music

Apple may unveil a cloud-based music service in June. The music labels, which need a new revenue stream, are signing on. The service will probably vault Apple ahead of its major rivals in the race to the cloud.Here's what Apple's cloud music service may look like:Apple's music service, which Engadget and other tech blogs are […]

Apple may unveil a cloud-based music service in June. The music labels, which need a new revenue stream, are signing on. The service will probably vault Apple ahead of its major rivals in the race to the cloud.

Here's what Apple's cloud music service may look like:

Apple's music service, which Engadget and other tech blogs are already calling "iCloud," might well represent the future of recorded music. Armed with licenses from the music labels and publishers, Apple will be able to scan customers' digital music libraries in iTunes and quickly mirror their collections on its own servers, say three people briefed on the talks. If the sound quality of a particular song on a user's hard drive isn't good enough, Apple will be able to replace it with a higher-quality version.

Users of the service will then be able to stream, whenever they want, their songs and albums directly to PCs, iPhones, iPads, and perhaps one day even cars. And the music industry gets a chance at the next best thing after selling shrink-wrapped CDs: monthly subscription fees,