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New Apple Job Hints at Cloud-Based iTunes

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Of the major players, Amazon's the winner in the race to bring music libraries to the cloud. Google Music may be on the verge of launching soon, but the online retailer was the first of the three to introduce a service that streams a user's online music collection. It's still rough around the edges, but it shows tremendous promise.

That leaves Apple, whose cloud-based iTunes has been highly anticipated and long overdue. For a company renowned for being ahead of the curve, it's far behind the competition.

So it's no surprise that Amazon's new Cloud Drive lit a fire under Cupertino to really push iTunes libraries online. And a new job posting shows how serious the company is.

According to the post, Apple is assembling a team in charge of "building the future of cloud services at Apple." The job description reads:

"Consider joining a small team writing the software which forms the foundation for some of our most exciting new products and services. We are looking for an extremely capable engineer who has a strong background in web services development, and who has built high-performance, scalable and extensible systems. In this highly visible position, the successful candidate will collaborate with cross-functional engineering teams to define and implement some of the core backend platform frameworks and systems that will power next generation Apple web services."

With this job listing and the advances made by Amazon and Google, all signs are pointing to Apple delivering a streaming online music -- and possibly video -- library.

Hopefully sooner than later.

(See also: Apple, Google Now Trailing Amazon's Cloud and Google Music Beats iTunes to the Cloud)

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