Some iCloud Services Maybe Free With Mac OS X Lion

News | Wednesday May 25 2011 11:37 PM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , , ,

– its long rumored cloud based services at WWDC 2011 Keynote next week.
Yesterday, we heard rumors that
in time for next week’s launch and was negotiating with film studios to include movies and TV shows.
reports today that according to their source, Apple will offer at least some of the services from iCloud for free to Mac OS X Lion users as an incentive to upgrade to their latest Mac .
People familiar with Apple ‘s plans indicated to AppleInsider that at least one of those secrets is expected to be that at least some of the services included in iCloud will be offered for free to Mac users who make the upgrade to Lion. iCloud is expected to replace the company’s existing MobileMe service, which offers e-mail and remote file storage, along with syncing of bookmarks, contacts and calendar events, at a price tag of $99 per year.
That price tag may remain for users who do not make the upgrade to Lion, or for Windows users. But it is expected that the cloud services will become free to Mac users who run the latest version of Mac OS X.
It is, however, possible that Apple could offer some sort of an introductory or trial period for its music streaming service.
, Apple is unlikely to offer music streaming for free as it has apparently paid dearly for the cloud music licenses to music labels.
We expect Apple to offer a basic tier, which includes everything that was available with MobileMe such as e-mail and remote file storage, along with syncing of bookmarks, contacts and calendar events at a much lower price point than $99 per year, which it can afford to give for free to Mac OS X Lion users and another tier that includes media streaming services. It will be interesting to see how Apple known for keeping pricing simple will combine various storage capacities with these tier options.
A source with some success in the past has passed along that iCloud will have educational-tiered pricing, perhaps being free for students and teachers to a certain level or with the purchase of Apple products.
, Apple is also planning to sell Mac OS X Lion for a low sale price. Apple has historically priced major Mac OS X versions at $129 but surprised everyone by pricing Mac OS X Snow Leopard at $29.
is not certain if Apple will also price Mac OS X Lion at $29.
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