Ever since the launch of Apple Music a few months ago, Eddy Cue – Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services – mentioned on Twitter that Apple is looking to increase the iCloud Music Library storage by the end of the year. Previously, the storage limit of the iCloud Music Library is 25,000 tracks. Now, Apple wants to increase it up to four times over the previously set limit.
Currently, the iCloud Music Library is utilising two of Apple’s music services: Apple Music and iTunes Match. iTunes Match basically scans existing songs in a user’s iTunes collection and stores them on iCloud. It also gives users access to the same music for other devices that the user may own. Apple Music, on the other hand, functions the same way, albeit it has a DRM policy.
With an increase in storage space, Apple users can use both Apple Music and iTunes Match without worrying about reaching the storage limit, for a price of course. Apple Music costs US$3.99 (about RM17) per month for an individual account while a family account costs US$5.99 (about RM25) per month. In addition to that, iTunes Match has a price tag of US$24.99 (about RM110) per year.
Interestingly, other companies are also starting to increase their music storage space too. Google Play Music, for example, currently allows up to 50,000 tracks even for non-paying subscribers. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s Groove Music lets OneDrive users play any of their stored music on OneDrive for free.
(Source: The Verge)