No Cloud Music for iPad's Launch

In this Jan. 27, 2010 file photo, the Apple iPad is examined after its unveiling at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Apple said Friday, March 5, its much-anticipated iPad tablet will hit U.S. store shelves on April 3.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

For anyone hoping that a cloud-based music service will launch with the iPad this Saturday, disappointment is lurking.

Music industry sources told CNET this week Apple has informed label managers that a streaming music service is unlikely to be ready before the third quarter.

It will be a disappointment for iTunes fans who have been speculating as to when Apple might use music site Lala--which Apple acquired in December--for its streaming expertise to launch a cloud-based music service.

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Some had hoped such as service might arrive when Apple unveiled the iPad tablet in January, but it was a no-show. That same month, Apple executives spoke to the major record labels about enabling people to store their music on the company's servers and access their songs with Web-enabled devices. At that point, music-industry insiders speculated that Apple's new service might debut early this year. You can read the full text of this article at CNET
By Greg Sandoval



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