Will Apple’s cloud storage and streaming services be known as iCloud?

According to a report by GigaOM, Apple could be shelling out around $4.5 million to buy the domain name iCloud.com, potentially for the long rumored music locker/streaming service. The icloud domain was recently owned by another company that used the name for an online storage service. It has just re-branded its service to CloudMe.

When you visit icloud.com it currently redirects to the new domain cloudme.com but shows a banner informing customers of its re-brand from icloud to cloudme!

My source, who is familiar with the company, says that Xcerion has sold the domain to Apple for about $4.5 million. Xcerion hasn’t responded to my queries as yet. At the time of writing, the Whois database showed Xcerion as the owner of iCloud.

We already know that Apple is working on cloud storage and streaming service for iOS devices. Only last week we heard that it has an agreement in place with at least two major recording labels. We expect to hear a lot more about this at WWDC in early June.

Then again, Apple was rumored to be going with iSlate almost up until iPad launched, so is this all part of the name gam

All the bits are starting to fall into place, who's excited?

[GigaOM]

 

chrisoldroyd

UK editor at iMore, mobile technology lover and air conditioning design engineer.

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impaler says:

Interesting. Just like when they purchased me.com, this should result in something we'd browse to...otherwise they would not have paid $4.5m for it.

iSRS says:

Maybe they got bought by Apple. MobileMe - CouldMe?

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He's hoping for at least free cloud backup services with new iDevices so I don't NEED to use iTunes anymore!

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MonicasCloud says:

Update!
The Cloud Web Desktop, formerly known as icloud.com, which was available through the CloudMe service during a transition period has now found a new home – CloudTop.com.
CloudTop, as a CloudMe Ready partner, will continue to use CloudMe as its online storage and authentication service.