17 Comments

Summary:

What will be the name of Apple’s cloud-based music service? No one knows. However, a tipster of mine says that it could be iCloud, indicating rumors that Apple has just purchased the iCloud.com domain name from Seattle-based desktop-as-a-service company, Xcerion.

itunes-cloud-feature

What will be the name of Apple’s cloud-based music service? No one knows. However, a tipster of mine says that it might be iCloud. Why? Because the Cupertino-based computing giant is rumored to be a likely buyer of the domain iCloud.com.

Until recently, iCloud.com was a domain name and a storage-as-a-cloud service owned by Linkoping, Sweden-based desktop-as-a-service company, Xcerion. Xcerion’s iCloud service has just been rebranded to CloudMe, and the company acquired the CloudMe.com domain on April 5, 2011.

My source, who is familiar with the company, says that Xcerion has sold the domain to Apple for about $4.5 million. Xcerion hasn’t responded to my queries as yet. At the time of writing, the Whois database showed Xcerion as the owner of iCloud.

According to reports, Apple is building a cloud-based service and is in touch with large record labels as it plans for a service to compete with Amazon’s Cloud Locker. Of course, Apple might have acquired the name as an option and it could use it to build a whole different offering called iCloud.

Updated: Today, John Paczkowski has confirmed after talking to sources that Apple bought the domain though no clarity on the price. The way his piece reads – it is confirmation from Apple PR.

  1. WoW, Nice article.

    Share
  2. http://www.iCumulus.com is fluffier…

    Share
  3. But icloud domain still redirects to cloudme.com. Maybe loan until transition complete?

    Share
    1. Of course it does; to let those iCloud users know the knew CloudMe.com address before the transition is finalized.

      Share
  4. I think Apple has finally jumped the shark. icloud is a horrible name.

    Share
    1. iPod and iPad were not that nice names as well… You’ll get used to it.

      Share
  5. Its good news for all those apple product lovers. We are just waiting ,when apple will start icloud. Cheers for APple………..

    Share
  6. but Amazon can buy AMAcloud.com :)

    Share
  7. Thanks for sharing!

    When it’s Apple, you kind of expect this. It’s part of their branding which is pretty clever and effective.

    Share
  8. Makes sense.

    Nothing cuts through the social chatter and noise like brand that emotes. And Apple’s surely does.

    If that is their product direction, the price for the name is a bargain.

    Share
  9. Thanks for the article.
    If there is a name for Apple’s cloud service, iCloud is very likely to be it. Currently Apple’s content streaming service is limited to iTunes and Apple TV only, it’s reasonable for Apple to extend to all mobile devices as well.

    Share
  10. What’s as interesting is what happens if you type in to your browser http://mycloud.com

    Share
  11. I think this is another step for their Cloud OS, not just a cloud for music or anything, but more than just storage as we know right now… they are planning a cloud operating system for a while…but we may not be ready for that, yet (at least, I’m not, don’t want to be so dependent on any ISP).

    BTW, the same seller also has iCloudOS.com, coincidence?

    Share
  12. Xcerion received $4.5 millions and also receive a big buzz because this anonymous company is on top news… lucky…

    Share
  13. It should be noted that companies sometimes buy product and domain names they are afraid somebody else might use, causing confusion. This is especially often the case with product brand names (cars, gadgets etc.), but it is done with domain names as well. For example, the ipod.com, iphone.com, imac.com, macbookpro.com domains are not used in Apple’s marketing, but they are all owned by Apple and redirect to the appropriate product. This is called brand protection, and there are companies who sell such services. Apple is a client of MarkMonitor Brand Protection™ (http://markmonitor.com). The point I’m trying to make is that Apple isn’t necessarily going to use the name.

    Share
  14. i really like where apple is going with their i cloud service i cant wait to hear about what they will be doing with it in the future.

    Share

Comments have been disabled for this post