Why the iCloud is not revolutionary

The hubbub about Apple's new iCloud service is exaggerated.  I have been longing for some time for a way to sync all my data, all my files, across all my devices—instantly, constantly, automatically.  Dropbox solved the files dilemma, minus enormous libraries such as my iTunes music.  Dropbox also obviously does not manage and play my music.  So in spite of the fact that for me it's been the best thing since sliced cake, I need a solution for my huge and ever-expanding music library.  Could the iCloud be this solution?

Not likely, at least in the near future.  Here is why iCloud will only be revolutionary in concept, but not in reality:

  1. In typical Apple fashion, iCloud only works with Apple devices.  So it's more or less simply another way for them to get you to buy into the Apple enterprise (which my family has already done.  We've been all Apple for a few years now).  If you're not on board with that, tough luck!
  2. The iCloud will only sync music you have purchased from the Apple iTunes store—further attempts to keep you shopping with and only with them.  Oh, for only $25 per song per year, you can sync the rest of your music!  I'll get right on that.
  3. In order to install iCloud, you have to upgrade (i.e., spend more of your hard-earned money... sensing a theme?) to Snow Leopard (if you don't have it already) and Lion.  On a related note, I am disgruntled by the fact that they are discontinuing MobileMe.  For those of us who don't want to purchase Snow Leopard and then Lion, but still need a practical, automated solution to syncing all our contacts, calendars, bookmarks, etc. between devices, we will now be left out to dry.  I don't like having my hand forced.
Needless to say, I am not the least bit excited about iCloud—at least not yet.  Once Apple demonstrates an effort to actually serve the consumer rather than creating more ways to monopolize the market (or should I say, markets?), I may buy in.  But until then, I will continue to use Dropbox and my old method of Copy & Paste.

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