Cnet reports that several “music industry sources” have told them that the four major US music groups (Warner, EMI, Sony, Universal) are hoping for an impending release of Apple’s rumored cloud music service.
The labels are seemingly unhappy with Amazon and Google services as users might be able to upload songs they illegally downloaded from the Internet, and it also appears that Google transcodes some uploads to a new format (making a copy), thus raising some questions on copyright issues as well.
Apple is in a strong position to deliver a cloud service that allows for both uploading and streaming of songs thanks to deals negotiated with the labels. Last month, it was indeed reported that Apple had inked a deal with the Warner Music Group, with more labels to follow soon or already signed according to other rumors.
There is still some question as to whether (or even when) Apple might launch such a service – but for the sake of the labels, and music lover’s everywhere, I can only hope that the labels’ dreams come true.