Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody
It seems far more likely to me, (and far more doable), to have the cloud component work as a slightly enhanced version of the way iDisk works now (i.e. - a simple integrated storage solution for mobile devices). It also seems way more likely to me that the cloud services would allow for removing the tether between the iOS device you own and your computer by allowing you to download and install updates from the cloud and register to the cloud etc.
Yes. The music storage is just a component of whatever service Apple is going to offer. iCloud will have your bookmarks, music, documents, pictures. (Not sure about video - but if they allow syncing between iMovie and iMovie (iPad) when on wifi I'd like that.)
I notice you say it's an integrated storage solution for MOBILE devices though - do you think it'd be separate to your desktop storage then (like iDisk is)? So are you meaning it'll be accessed like a separate disk? Or even that you'll "sync" iTunes to the iCloud just like the iPad, with a subset of your music and video etc... and then your iPad or iPhone will sync with iCloud?
I'm expecting a fuller integration - such that your document folders are identical in phone, pad, and multiple macs. Same too for apps (based on platform), music, photos. In effect my iCloud will contain a full backup of my Mac (or my Mac will contain a full backup of my iCloud). Although that's ideal perhaps it's not feasible, or perhaps they'll have to differentiate paid and free services in some way. Maybe instead a free service would have 2 synced computers (one at my parents, one at my home) and rather than the iPad syncing to iCloud it'll sync to either computer - iCloud could do very basic calendar (and similar) syncing and just act as the conduit for devices to find each other.
Or maybe the cloud will refer to a combination of places my data is stored. Some on my iPad, some on my iPod, my iPhone, my wife's iMac, my MBP, Time Capsule, and some on iCloud. Any device giving me access to all my data? Greater requirements from iCloud if you have less iResources in your home. At least 1 copy of my data always on (ie: my Mac or Time Capsule or iCloud) and another copy on other devices.