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iTunes in the Cloud Launching in 2011?

We’re following Apple’s earnings call live, and during the Q&A section a question about the data center Apple is building in North Carolina just came up. The response:

“Apple NC data center build is on schedule, should be complete end of the calendar year, start using it in 2011.” And, they said that today they couldn’t share more details. Now this is just speculation, but many times we reported that NC data center could be meant for the possible migration of iTunes in the cloud. The must requested cloud music service from Apple everyone is waiting for.

If the rumors of the data center hosting the huge iTunes catalogue are true, then we might not see iTunes.com in the cloud until next year. Maybe even the second quarter of next year. Which is WWDC period.

Sounds interesting? Could iTunes in the cloud be more than a simple music streaming service? Hosted databases, movie streaming, TV shows? Perhaps to integrate with the new Apple TV?

Time will tell.

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