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Apple Screws Honest iTunes Customers

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Despite making promising headway in cloud development, Apple's upcoming lineup of iCloud features has been getting mixed reviews. Some have criticized its syncing and backup capabilities as simply playing catchup rather than revolutionizing the industry. iMessage seems awfully familiar to Research in Motion's BBM, the Notification Center has a strong Android influence, and the new iTunes in the Cloud doesn't blow away the competition from Google Music or Amazon's Cloud Drive like we expected it would.

Case in point: The upcoming iTunes Match is a wonderful system that will take advantage of Apple's 2009 acquisition of Lala's "scan-and-match" capabilities. However, the flaws of the current iTunes in the Cloud system negate the future ease of not having to upload dozens of gigabytes of MP3s.

Each synced track must be downloaded to each device to play it and can't be streamed from the server -- unlike Google Music and Amazon's Cloud Drive. Tracks also can't be played from a universal web app -- unlike Google Music and Amazon's Cloud Drive. Tracks purchased outside of the iTunes Store can't be synced -- unlike Google Music and Amazon's Cloud Drive.

And yes, Apple will soon provide "amnesty" to music pirates by matching ill-gotten albums with completely clean and legal tracks, but those who purchased songs from the iTunes Store prior to 2009 are now still stuck with the blight of the music industry attached to each file.

DRM: The malignant tumor of legal media purchasing.

As reported by GigaOm's Janko Roettgers
(See also: Apple's iOS 5 Directly Lifts Features from Android and GameStop Makes Pirating Look a Whole Lot Better)

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