Apple reveals iCloud upgrade pricing with beta release

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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) released the beta version of its forthcoming iCloud digital media storage platform to developer partners, in the process revealing its storage upgrade pricing plans. Apple previously stated that all iOS 5 and Mac OS X Lion users will be given 5 GB of free iCloud storage--users looking to expand their digital lockers will be charged $20 per year for 15 GB total, $40 per year for 25 GB or $100 per year for 55 GB total.

Apple unveiled iCloud in early June, announcing the service will roll out this fall in conjunction with its iOS 5 mobile operating system revamp. The iCloud solution, which replaces Apple's premium MobileMe, automatically syncs content on Apple servers for access across iOS devices as well as Macs and PCs--each day, iCloud Backup backs up all of the user's iOS devices over Wi-Fi, storing content including purchased music, apps and books, as well as photos, videos, device settings and app data. In addition, Apple's App Store and iBookstore now download purchased iOS apps and books to all authorized devices, not just the unit on which they were purchased.

"Keeping these devices in sync is driving us crazy," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs during the computing giant's annual Worldwide Developers Conference. "We've got a great solution to this problem. We're going to demote the PC and the Mac to just be a device." Article

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