According to Reuters sources, Apple is set to beat Google to the punch, and get their own cloud based music service up and running. Their sources tell them Apple has completed the streaming version of iTunes, while Google’s has stalled. Their sources say iTunes in the cloud will allow users to upload their music to a digital locker, and stream it anywhere, much like Amazon’s music locker:
Apple’s plans will allow iTunes customers to store their songs on a remote server, and then access them from wherever they have an Internet connection, said two of these people who asked not to be named as the talks are still confidential.
The maker of the wildly popular iPhone and iPod, Apple has yet to sign any new licenses for the service and major music labels are hoping to secure deals before the service is launched, three of the sources said. Apple has not told its music partners of when it intends to introduce its music locker, they said.
A cloud based iTunes has been rumored for years now, but we’ve never seen any hard evidence of it. Ever since Apple purchased Lala, people have been on tenterhooks waiting for Apple to announce the ability to stream music. Maybe this will be one of the software based announcements for this years WWDC.