backup service of sorts, that makes it easy for you to download content that you have purchased through the service to all of the devices you have synced with your iTunes account, without having to repurchase it.
So, what does that mean?
If you purchase “Purple Rain” on your iPad while traveling, you can also download it on your home computer when you get home for free. If you sync your iPad and your computer the song should transfer over anyway, but if you lose your iPad on your trip -you’re out of luck. The same policy would work for your iPhone, iPod Touch, or any other device you might potentially have synced to your iTunes account. The backup would in theory be permanent, so if your love of Prince waned for a few years and you deleted the song, you could rekindle your romance later on.
A Bloomberg report claims that Apple is currently negotiating the specifics of the service with record labels, with an agreement potentially being announced by the middle of this year. All of the record labels involved refused to comment on the matter when contacted by Bloomberg.
I’ve downloaded more than a few tracks several times from iTunes. I’d love to see Apple keep track of those purchases, and allow me a free download the next time around.
What do you think? Could you see yourself using an iTunes backup service?