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Apple Making Advance Payments to Music Labels for iCloud?

Apple MusicAccording to the New York Post, Apple has agreed to pay between $100 to $150 million to the four major music labels – EMI, Sony Music, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group – to get them onboard with the launch of iCloud.

While it has been confirmed that Apple will be announcing its iCloud service on Monday at the opening of the WWDC (World Wide Developer Conference), what exactly the service is remains a mystery.  The suspicion is that it is a music service that will be able to mirror your iTunes library and will allow you to stream your content wherever you like (with a data connection of some kind, of course).

What else isn’t known at this point is how much the service will cost.  Some rumors have suggested it will be rolled into the MobileMe $99 a year subscription plan, while the article mentions both being potentially free to those who have bought their music via the iTunes Store, or $25 a year.  Whatever the fee is, supposedly it will break down as 30 percent going to Apple, 12 percent going to the music publishers and the remaining 58 percent going to the labels to distribute amongst the artists.

Even in spite of the music label deals being reportedly in place, this still doesn’t necessarily tell us the whole story when it comes to iCloud.  For all we know this could just be a portion of what the service will do, or it could indeed be the whole thing.  We simply won’t know until Steve Jobs unveils it on Monday at the WWDC keynote address.

What do you think?  Is music all that iCloud is about?  And either way, does it sound like a service you’d use?

[via the New York Post]

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...