You dont really need icloud for your music.
Download the AudioGalaxy app (free) for your iphone/ipad/android and its lets u stream music from your home computer or NAS over wifi/3g.
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But then, at least currently in the UK, iCloud has little to do with music. Its main function is to provide a backup for your iPhone for those who don't want to / can't backup to a local iTunes instance on a PC / Mac.
Once iTunes Match arrives on these shores, it will then become more important for the music side of things.
What exactly do you guys use this for ?
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Use what for?
You could just use dropbox to backup your iphone of course. Interestingly someone has already ported Siri onto an Iphone4 so it looks like its for marketing reasons - not technical reasons - that Apple only include it on the 4s at the moment. Of course this is largely irrelevant until they update Siri for the UK
Maybe they should have mentioned that Siri only partially works outside the USA before putting on sale in the UK ?
Apple had specified at the time of launch that Siri is a beta version & more work needs to be done on it.
Note the "Beta" next to Siri: http://www.apple.com/iphone/features/siri.html
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Didnt see that mentioned in the smoke and mirrors presentation.
Still at least u can use google to search for stuff
Actually, it was mentioned in the keynote presentation. They even said before showing the Siri demo that they're not certain if it would work well as it's still in beta version, but want to show it anyway as they're excited about it.
You could just use dropbox to backup your iphone of course.
Of course you could. Or any other online storage system. The advantage of iCloud is it's built into the phone. My other half isn't particularly technical and has just got a new iPhone 4 and all she had to do was say Yes when it asked her to sync with iCloud and it was done.
You might not like it, and you may well have the knowledge to put in an alternative system for your own phone. But for someone like her (and I would imagine most smart phone owners), it just makes things easier as she doesn't have to learn anything new or think about it, it's just done for her.
YOuve really summed up iPhone and actually why I like apple in general. I know so many people who go on about jail breaking their iPhone or just don't like apple because other products seem to offer the same or better for "free". Since I started work in 2000 I have worked in IT and therefore if I wanted to could probably work out all the cheats and cracks to get my iPhone doing some super duper albeit unsupported stuff. The point for me is, I can't be bothered with that and actually like having a product which does some really good stuff out of the box.
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AnotherJoe you seem to be blinded by your own lack of knowledge. Yes there are things copied from android but it works both ways and not just over 2 company's. Things like mobileme have been around for many years and many companies did not offer this kind of service first including android.
Now even people like google offer these services. Its just what apple had in place was out dated and has now been updated and does things very slightly better than the rest because of the broadness of its compatibility with its products. In time someone else will improve things again
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I upgraded iTunes on W7-64bit then upgraded my 3GS to iOS5. It took 1.5-2hrs but eventually installed with some help. The icons seem better looking & Reminders has been added which was an obvious omission. From what I've read, I've been lucky to not loose songs or end up with a dead phone. The Facebook app didn't work until I installed the upgrade version last Friday.
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I think dropbox is actually a better option for backing up your iphone.
iCloud backup doesnt store login details and the like for applications - whereas dropbox does.
Is that a good thing or a bad thing ? Just in case someone gets hold of your phone. I personally would not leave passwords on my ipod touch or ipad or even my normal mobile
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