Looking At The Pros and Cons of Apple's iCloud
With CEO Steve Jobs at the helm, Apple hopes the announcement will drastically change how Mac users store their information. In the case of music lovers, consumers can expect the iCloud to drastically change the way we store and listen to music.
Basically, the service will make all of the music you have on one device available to be heard on all of your devices. So, for example, if you purchase the new My Morning Jacket album, Circuital, on your iPhone, the cloud will automatically push it to your computer, your iPad, and so on.
When the service becomes available to customers (the release date has yet to be announced), all music previously purchased through iTunes will be "iClouded." But here's the rub: Any music purchased or ripped elsewhere will only be pushed to your other devices after you've paid an annual fee of $24.99.
But, for only a couple of bucks a month, it certainly isn't a deal-breaker. Especially not for something so potentially revolutionary.
So we can't help but ask: Will the iCloud actually improve the way we store and listen to music? We're not so sure, actually. After the jump, we break down the potential pros and cons of the iCloud.
This is probably the biggest selling point for iCloud. If you're like us, you currently have to delete an entire album from your iPod in order slip a new one on there. You're limited in your storage capacity. But, with iCloud, it won't matter how much storage space you have on your devices; you'll have access to as much music as you want no matter which one you're using (assuming that device has Internet capabilities).
No more syncing.
Listen: It sucks when you've just purchased a few records from iTunes onto your computer and then you have to sync them to your iPhone, iPod, iPad and so on. iCloud eliminates the hassle and the time it takes to update all your devices. For $24.99 a year, your songs will automatically be sent to the cloud, and thus all of your devices, once you've uploaded it to a computer.
You can't lose your music.
If you lose your device with all your music on it, it will automatically sync up with a replacement device. In other words: You won't lose your songs. But backing up your songs elsewhere is probably still a good idea.
You can listen to your music anywhere. Store it, too. That's awesome.
Now, onto the cons...