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iCloud can be more "Cloud" friendly!

28/01/2013 Share/Bookmark

As Many people probably do, I sometimes find it hard to understand how Apples thought processes work when it comes to cloud functionality. Things are looking better since iCloud came about, but they could be oh so much better. As users we don't expect much, and we certainly don't expect miracles over night. However what we do expect is functionality that can make our lives easier and more fulfilling, especially at those times when we don't have access to an iOS device, or we are using a computer that isn't ours so we are unable to add iTunes to it easily.

So I would like to ask Apple to start thinking about adding the following functionality to iCloud to make it a more useful cloud based system. I don't think it's even asking that much, especially when you consider the talent you have at your disposal.

Add iBooks

One of the things I've always found a bit odd is why don't you allow me to read my digital books everywhere! As a user I shouldn't be restricted to just reading iBooks content on my iOS devices. He'll, I can't even read them on my MacBook, which I find really surprising still.

Come on if you can make things like Calendar, Find my iPhone, Contacts, Mail, Notes and Reminders work and look similar to iOS apps, then what is so hard in getting iBooks on there too? It certainly isn't a technology issue!

Add iTunes

Ok, so this may be a big ask seeing as iTunes is a complex beast, but why not an iCloud app with similar functionality to iTunes itself? If thats too much to ask, then simply allow me to play/stream my cloud based music (iTunes match) from iCloud with a simple music app (think iPod).

Hey why not go full blown and add the iTunes store to iCloud. You've given web users access to the store on the web at www.itunes.apple.com, albeit to simply browse the content. You already have a large user base, with a massive amount of credit card info.

So why not use both these as a starting point to create an iTunes app in iCloud, bingo, instant customer base and an easier opportunity for people to engage and buy from you.

PhotoStream

My photos are already stored on your servers, so why can I not see them in a photo stream app in iCloud, this shouldn't be too difficult.

Video Playback

If I purchase/rent movies or TV content, then give me an app that will let me stream them via iCloud. You know me, you know what I've purchased, let me play it from any web browser enabled computer/device.

Conclusion

Doing the above within iCloud will give us an instant purchase and play web portal, I know I would love this, and I'm sure there are a hell of a lot of others who would too. This would also have a knock-on effect of opening up your "cloud" based digital content to non apple users and web facing browsers (SmartTV, Set top boxes etc.), best of both worlds, apple gets more revenue and users get more options.

So come on Apple, enrich your users where it benefits everyone, you have the knowledge, the data and the skills force to make this happen. You don't even have to do it all at once, just iBooks and iTunes Match playback would be a good start!

 

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