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WWDC 2011 - Surprises, Questions, & Thoughts

Questions:****1. When my files AutoSave, where are they saved to? can I choose? 2. How do i open a document other than last one i was working on in iOS? Can i browse Pages docs? 3. How much will additional cloud storage space cost? what is the maximum? (i want as much storage as Gmail offers) 4. Will the cloud match against other people’s uploaded tracks, so i don’t have to upload everything iTunes doesn’t already sell? 5. How should I manage my family’s AppleIDs so that our content (photos,mail,reminders,documents,etc) is only synced to our own devices? Right now we all use the same AppleID to purchase everything. I also don’t want my fiance’s apps to auto-download onto my device. 6. If you can only download Lion from inside OS X, how can you install it on a new, empty hard drive? Final Thoughts 1. **Lion is a steal at just $29 per household (not per Mac) 2. BlackBerry is dead meat. iMessage duplicates the one thing that made people call their BlackBerries “crackberries” - BlackBerry Messenger (aka BBM). The lack of BBM on iPhone is what has kept so many people on Blackberry to this day. Those days are over. 3. There’s still room for competition in the “cloud music” space. Amazon & Google’s cloud music lockers can’t compete with Cloud iTunes on ease of use (iTunes Match) or price BUT they do offer streaming, where Apple’s doesn’t. Spotify is still a force to be reckoned with. 4. iTunes Match monetizes pirated music. You pay $25/year to store it in the cloud, and Apple gives 70% of that to music labels & publishers. For the first time ever, artists will make *something* when you pirate their music. This will (presumably) also ensure that all your music has proper album art, so your CoverFlow no longer looks ridiculous. 5. iTunes Genius is about to get much better - it can now harvest all this info about songs that iTunes *doesn’t* sell, but which iTunes users listen to regularly. That will tell Apple which music to add to the store next. 6. Only Apple has anything close to iCloud, and it’s going to keep getting better (ok, linux probably has an equivalent, but who wants to use it & manage it?) 7. iOS becoming PC Free will lead to a nice spike in iOS device sales. I know at least 3 people who want iPads, but don’t have computers capable of running the latest iTunes. 8. The future of OSX, iOS & iCloud is clear: “login to any apple device and have all your apps and content appear” will happen. Yesterday’s announcement was a huge first step in that direction. It will be the killer feature of OS XI, iOS6 & iCloud2.**

Comments from my old blog:

(Zaid Rasid)[] said: You forgot to mention that Canada sucks when it comes to the availability of content. I really hope we’re in sync with the US. With regards to Questions 4, my assumption is that there is a universal database, so you don’t have to upload anything that is already there.

I also think for the music industry that the iTunes cloud is the first incentive I have seen yet to pay for music. From a consumer point of view, if I know that I can purchase a track and access it from the cloud, I would rather pay the convenience fee than to illegally download it.

The integration with Twitter is going to bring a lot more people onto twitter and start using it more. Wow.

Great post. at 2011-06-13 15:48:22

(David)[] said: One sucky thing is it appears that the itunes match feature will not be available except in US. at 2011-06-07 16:45:53

(Derek)[] said: I think (and hope) it’s US-only just while it’s in beta, and when iOS5 & iCloud fully launch, then it will be available in more locations. That being said, I have heard that it won’t get to the UK any time soon (maybe Spotify has an exclusive agreement in the UK?) at 2011-06-07 18:06:24