Apple unveiling iTunes cloud services and wireless syncing soon?

BGR is reporting that one of their reliable sources is claiming to know Apple's iTunes is going to the cloud and soon. The source states these cloud capabilities will be broken down into 3 separate groups:

  • Streaming music and movies from Apple’s servers to your computers, devices, etc.
  • Streaming music and movies from your home computers to your other computers, remote devices, etc.
  • Wireless iTunes syncing with devices

Is this the fabled we've been hearing about for a while now, and if so, when can we expect all of these exciting new iTune features? Our best guess - Apple's yearly fall event, which as you may already know is all about the iPod and music. BGR's tipster even added we will see Apple introduce “two new devices with camera/camcorder capabilities.”

One might be that new iOS Apple TV we've heard rumored before. The other...? Speculate in the comments below!


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Apple unveiling iTunes cloud services and wireless syncing soon?


Hope so, google bought Simplify Media and I can no longer stream my iTunes to my iPhone. 160gbs of music, 32gb iPhone just won't cut it.

I'd love wireless syncing. The only reason I hook my iPhone up to my laptop is to change playlists and occasionally calendar (although much of that is done wirelessly via Gcal.

You would still store a lot of music, videos, photos, and other stuff on your phone. The cloud needs a nice and stable connection. Wireless connections and stable connections don't go together that well, and will likely get worse in the future. I'm taking on the order of 5, 10, 20 years.
Everything is going to wireless connections, but spectrum is a finite resource. I don't think wireless connections will ever be so stable that you'll go without storing all your stuff locally on your phone. There will be situations where you cannot get a good connection. Secondly, battery performance is 50%, 100% or even 1000% better on local storage than streaming. You can play music stored locally on an iPhone for 30 hours, maybe more. You can play music streamed over the data connection for maybe 7 hours, it will be even less if you have a streaming audio service and doing something else at the same time.
64 GB and 128 GB flash storage will be achievable within the space/volume constraints of the iPhone is 1 to 2 years. People will be able store all their music on the device sooner or later. That's if Apple choose to play it that way.
As for the rumor, it's a rumor. "Soon" is not exactly a definitive term, and we really don't know what sort of services Apple would offer. What is it? 2 months? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? 5 years? Same thing with the AppleTV rumor.

Not sure about storing everything on the cloud, what would happen if for some reason i lose all my stuff. I think local storage should still continue as the main source and cloud for back up.

I know there is already a jailbroken solution out there, but an Apple-branded solution that's "official" would be a very good thing.

The camcorder devices I bet will be iPod touch devices that have front facing cameras and or back cameras. Apple is going to bring FaceTime to as many devices as it can.

I'm not sure I want to put all of my media in the cloud. It allows Apple to monitor what I've got, and It's a small step to banning or deleting "pirated" or otherwise controversial material (ie. porn).

this will be sweet... FINALLY won't have to always be near the computer in order to sync!!

I'm with Sputnik. I don't necessarily want all my media in Apple's cloud. Wireless syncing among other OTA features would be plenty. Apple is playing catch up in this department.

I have about 3,000 songs, not all them can fit on my 8GB 3G, having a cloud would really for wireless syncing that's kind of useless to me why would apple do this if it will make people buy the iPhone with the least Gigabytes? Or do they not care because what they really want is to sell apps not phones?