Why the iCloud Won't be My Cloud
Talk of “cloud computing” and “cloud services” has been in the air for years, but (despite the remaining ambiguity in the minds of consumers) recent developments have garnered a little more of the consumer electronics limelight for this burgeoning technology. Over the past few months, both Amazon and Google have made a push for their cloud-based services, and following suit, Apple announced their version, the iCloud, at their keynote speech on June 6 (watch the full keynote here).
Similar to Amazon’s Cloud Drive and GoogleMusic (along with Google’s host of other services in the cloud), the iCloud seeks to simplify the life of multi-device users by making file management and “sync”-ing the data on these various devices a more streamlined, if not automatic, process. Based on the available information, the iCloud will sync registered devices automatically, which will make it a very useful feature for owners of Apple products.
But there is the crux of the issue. The iCloud will be a great service for owners of Apple products. However, if your devices are not Apple products, the iCloud is of no use. Moreover, the iCloud requires not only one Apple device; for any benefit from its functionality, any device you want to use with this cloud must be Apple-made.
As a current MacBook- and former iPhone-owner, I appreciate the quality of Apple’s products, but I’m not about to sell all my stuff and replace it with Apple devices. I love my HTC EVO and my Ubuntu desktop/server too much to return to the ranks of Apple elitists. Because of this rigidity in the Apple model, the services of Amazon, Google, and several open source options will remain the gateway into the cloud for myself and anyone else that is not on the Apple bandwagon.