iCloud to be more about replacing iTunes than actually streaming music? [rumor]

Could iCloud be much more than a streaming music service and data store? John Gruber of Daring Fireball seems to think so. He has put together a post on what he expects at today’s WWDC Apple keynote and reveals a snippet of fourth hand information that is quite interesting.

Don’t think of iCloud as the new MobileMe; think of iCloud as the new iTunes.

So what can we glean from this? Well if you imagine buying a new iOS device - instead of taking it home and tethering it via USB to a Mac or PC, all you would have to do is input your iCloud / iTunes log in details. Your device would then download all your apps, music, game saves and everything else that iTunes currently handles over the air, without the need to be tethered to a computer.

We assume that this would all have to be done over a WiFi connection due to 3G data limits. Not that much longer to wait to find out for definite! We will be live blogging all the events as they unfold later today.

What do you think? Would this be a feature you would like to see implemented by Apple? Let us know in the comments!

[Daring Fireball]



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Baron says:

Would make sense to have it as a single-sign-in for your apps and settings as Android have had this for a while. If they can roll out the music sync over the air then that should 1-up the droids.

Richd5481 says:

Will the sdk be available today after the keynote?

rayz336 says:

I think the activation of an iOS device would be really useful as well as the download of your apps. The music part is questionable as more companies move roasted data restrictions.

rayz336 says:

I think the activation of an iOS device would be really useful as well as the download of your apps. The music part is questionable as more companies move toward data restrictions. Please delete my other post, autocorrect failed me on that post.

firesign3000 says:

The initial synch from a cloud back up to many people's iOS devices (including mine) is going to be fairly large and take some time to do. You're likely not going to want to (or be able to) do it while the device is on battery, so you're going to have to plug it in to a cable anyway, so why not just do it via USB?

68stang says:

This would push me away from Apple products unless there is also the option to keep using iTunes/iCloud locally. My ISP, the lovely AT&T, has recently put caps on the home connections as well. While they are larger it makes you think about things like this. Both my wife and I have iPhones and uploading the data to iCloud and then back down when/if we have to restore is eating into our 150GB a month. While I realize 150GB is quite a bit when AT&T doesn't give you complete tools to track your usage you have to guess and I'd rather not use 10-20GB on syncing to something I already have locally.

rayz336 says:

I guarantee you that you would still be able to use them locally, I doubt Apple would completely get rid of the computer instances of iTunes. That would be a major oversight by them.

Garysturn says:

Wireless sync is the only thing about iCloud that I would be interested in. I am not interested in music streaming or video streaming that much, what little I use my devices for music or video I can already do. I just hope it will have settings to do most of the syncing at night while the device in not in use and chargeing. With a new device, I would not want to wait for a full sync before using the device but would want that option.

Ron says:

I agree with the concern about data caps. This would bust them the first week of every month. Also, I assume the old version of sync would be available for those of us who have old CD's we like to load.

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