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Confirmed: Apple Unveils iCloud Next Week!

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It's official: Apple's answer to Google Music and Amazon's Cloud Drive will finally be revealed in one week.

Between signing deals with record labels, cloud-related job listings, and a brand new data center, all signs were pointing to a grand and imminent release of a cloud-based iTunes. And with WWDC kicking off June 6, expectations were high that Steve Jobs and Co. would be presenting something new and exciting on the keynote stage.

Well, any little remaining doubt has been lifted.

Apple posted a press release stating that Jobs will show off not only iOS 5 and Mac OS X Lion, but iCloud as well. The company refers to the product as Apple's "upcoming cloud services offering." Though it doesn't specifically mention iTunes or music, one can only assume that iCloud will cover similar territory as Google and Amazon.

However, due to Apple's new music licensing deals and its acquired streaming service Lala, iCloud will likely eschew the lengthy uploads which currently plague Google Music and offer "scan-and-match" streaming -- matching user libraries to music on Apple's servers. Anything without a match would be uploaded normally.

No indication of price, launch date, or availability, but all that will be undoubtedly covered at next week's keynote.

Check in on Monday for Minyanville's coverage of the event.

Here's the press release:

Apple to Unveil Next Generation Software at Keynote Address on Monday, June 6

CUPERTINO, California—May 31, 2011—Apple® CEO Steve Jobs and a team of Apple executives will kick off the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address on Monday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m. At the keynote, Apple will unveil its next generation software - Lion, the eighth major release of Mac OS® X; iOS 5, the next version of Apple's advanced mobile operating system which powers the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch®; and iCloud®, Apple's upcoming cloud services offering.

WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers. Mac® developers will see and learn how to develop world-class Mac OS X Lion applications using its latest technologies and capabilities. Mobile developers will be able to explore the latest innovations and capabilities of iOS and learn how to greatly enhance the functionality, performance and design of their apps. All developers can bring their code to the labs and work with Apple engineers.

For more details, visit the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2011 website at developer.apple.com/wwdc.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

(See also: How Apple Could Defeat Google Music and Google Music Is Awful at Recommending Songs)

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