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Apple’s iCloud beta goes live: web apps and pricing revealed

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Apple has launched the beta website for its iCloud storage service, which is currently only available to those with a developer account.

The iCloud service stores a variety of content — music, books, photos, contacts, calendars, and more — associated with a person’s Apple ID account and pushes it to all their iOS devices. The service will also back up each user’s important data once a day.

If you do have a developer account and are running either iOS 5 or OS X 10.7, you can check out the slick new iCloud web apps, which include Mail, Address Book/Contacts, Calendar, “Find My Phone” and the iWork suite.

Judging from the login screen alone, the apps will probably look and feel much like their desktop counterparts. (TechCrunch managed to get inside and take some screenshots. We’ll upload some images when we gain access.)

Apple also release the yearly pricing model for iCloud. Everyone gets 5 Gigabytes of free storage (which doesn’t include iTunes purchases or data from apps).The company is also offering three additional tiers of storage to meet your specific needs:

  • 10 GB for $20 a year
  • 20 GB for $40 a year
  • 50 GB for $100 a year

The iCloud service is slated to make its public debut this fall.


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