updated 07:15 am EDT, Mon March 28, 2011
MobileMe media locker may cost 20 a month
An industry publication claimed in a previously unmentioned rumor this past week that Apple had been making progress on its rumored MobileMe media locker. The service purportedly wouldn't be free but would drop to $20 per year. The Music Void's "informed sources" said Apple had already landed a deal with Warner to let users store music from the label online, and both EMI and Universal were likely to cede relatively quickly.
Sony had declared "sensou" (war) on Apple and might be deliberately stubborn, but it wasn't likely to last for long given how much it depended on iTunes for revenue, according to the tips.
If accurate, the claims would have Apple pressing for an April launch, consistent with earlier rumors. Apple hasn't confirmed its exact intentions but has acknowledged that it was planning to use its new datacenter for MobileMe and iTunes.
The publication has an unknown track record for Apple rumors, and it's notable that the pricing would contradict most rumors that MobileMe would become a free service. Apple itself has been leaving only free options to try the current MobileMe. Many have suspected that it would have to be free regardless in order to claim an edge over Google.
Google is believed close to launching its own Google Music store and streaming service, where a media locker would also play a role. The cost of online storage isn't known and could be as much as $25 per year.