June 06, 2011, 3:00 PM —
Source: BENM.AT Live Coverage/Flickr
Apple's annual dog-and-pony show, the Worldwide Developers Conference, kicks off today, with Steve Jobs slotted to deliver the keynote address at 1 pm Eastern Time. We've had an unusual amount of information released officially in advance -- we know iCloud is coming, though not exactly what it will entail, and we know that we'll see iOS 5 info -- but these events generally have a surprise or three up Jobs's black turtleneck sleeve. Check back here at 1 pm for liveblogging (or really metaliveblogging, as I'll be aggregating the best of other liveblogs) and see what shiny Apple-y goodness the fanboys will be begging for in the next few months.
3:01 And we conclude with some pictures of Apple's enormous, terrifying data centers! So, to wrap up if you came in late: Lion is only $30 and coming next month via download from the Mac App Store; iOS 5 coming this fall; and iCloud is free for almost everything except for backing up music you didn't buy from the iTunes store. Scroll down for details in reverse chronological order, as is the LiveBlogging Way. Thanks for tuning in!
2:57: "It takes minutes, not weeks" -- slam on Amazon and Google -- and even at that price is still cheaper than Amazon. If nothing else, I have a feeling that this is all going to teach me how many of my songs are bought from iTunes and how many are ripped from CDs -- and will discouraging me from buying alubms through the Amazon store even if they're a buck or two cheaper.
2:54: Oh snap, there's a "one more thing!" iTunes Match -- it auto-detects music that you didn't buy and gives it the same iCloud privledges as the other stuff. Except this costs $25/year. Enh.
2:53: This all just comes automatically with iOS 5. You get 5 GB for free, but that doesn't count the photo streaming and the purchased music backup, which is of course most of what you'll be using this for.
2:50: All of these devices -- all of them! Holy cow, Google and Amazon and their cloud services just got burned.
2:47: You can see a list of your purchased music from anywhere, download it to any device. Buy music and pushes down to all your devices (up to 10).
2:46 And now iTunes in the iCloud! This is the thing that Apple spent the most money on, so you better believe they're saving it for last.