Top 5 en Español: Top 5 reasons iCloud rocks
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Top 5 en Español: Top 5 reasons iCloud rocks

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The five best things about Apple iCloud you can really use.

Apple's iCloud. I bet you're intrigued by it, even if you don't really understand it. I'm Brian Cooley with the Top 5 reasons that Apple's iCloud rocks. Number 5, backup. Don't yawn, I know it's kind of a sleeper, but with iCloud, an iOS device can back itself up to Apple's cloud servers once a day when it finds Wi-Fi. That means photos, settings, apps, app data, all that fiddly stuff, and not only is it backed up that way, you can restore all that to a new iOS device you buy easily and wirelessly as well. That's pretty slick. Number 4, all your music, even the stuff you stole. Apple's tight with the record labels, so it was kind of a surprise that the new iTunes Match component of iCloud will recognize and sync all your music to all your devices, even your pirated music. Sure, you paid $25 a year for that part, but that's a lot cheaper than dealing with the lawyers they could have sent. Number 3, hiding the sausage. No, I mean, you don't see sausage being made in iCloud. Now, a certain faction of people think iCloud should have been more literal and folder-based with you being able to get your hands dirty dragging and dropping stuff across directories and network shares. Apple decided no and they're probably dead right. Most of their consumers have lives, and don't want to administer a server. Number 2, just do it. iCloud is largely a synchronizing service that happens to use the cloud to make that work. That means a high degree of automatic background, just-do-itness that you won't find in, say, Amazon Cloud Drive or Google Music. If it works right, Tylenol sales and a certain amount of harsh obscenities should plummet. And the number 1 reason I bet you find iCloud at least a little bit irresistible is the freeness. The heart of MobileMe, contacts, calendar, e-mail that used to be $99 a year is now part of iCloud for the approximate cost of...nothing. Free. $99 off. 100% discount. You get it. Google hates this part, but you're gonna love it. Now, for more Top 5s like this including next week's Top 5 things that are wrong with iCloud, head to Top5.cnet.com. I'm Brian Cooley. Thanks for watching.

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