TCU professor and student’s opinion on Apple iCloud service

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    New technology could make syncing and e-mailing files a thing of the past.

    iCloud is an Apple service that wirelessly gives users access to documents, photos, iTunes music and more.

    The service was unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference June 6 in San Francisco.

    Steve Levering, an instructor in the Schieffer School, said he had different iTunes libraries, photos and applications between his iPad, laptop, iPhone and work computer.

    Levering could use the iCloud to access files that are on his laptop at home on his computer at work.

    The Apple website stated the first 5 gigabytes of memory are free. More space is available in increments of 10, 20 and 50 gigabytes for a fee.

    “The 5 gigabyte version is free, so I’ll definitely try that,” Levering said.

    Sophomore early childhood education major Lexie Charles said the iCloud might stretch too far into technology.

    “If I want [my files] on there, I’d put [them] on there,” she said. 

    According to the Apple website, purchased music, applications, books, television shows and Photo Stream would not take up space in the automatic 5 gigabytes.

    Many students purchase music from places other than the iTunes store and can store those songs on the iCloud for $24.99 per year.

    Charles said 40 percent of her iTunes library was purchased music because she felt too afraid to illegally download music.

    Levering said he thought Apple’s option to pay to sync songs that were not purchased from iTunes was a savvy move.

    “It will definitely be another influence on the purchasing decision of ‘do I buy this from iTunes or do I buy this from Amazon MP3?’” he said.

    Apple’s MobileMe was a feature that gave users access to their e-mail, calendar, contacts and more online. 

    Levering said he previously used MobileMe but thought it was expensive and syncing contacts was tedious.

    The service had a subscription fee of $99. MobileMe was no longer accepting subscribers and announced its transition to iCloud.

    “To see how far [technology has] come especially from the big Dell computers we had in elementary school to the iCloud; it’s really neat,” Charles  said.

    The Apple website stated iCloud would come built into the upcoming operating system iOS 5.0.

    Apple had not specified a release date as of Monday but stated on their website that the iCloud is coming this fall.