Apple is making major progress with its
Having already secured a cloud alliance with Warner Music Group, a clean sweep of the four majors would allow Apple to launch a fully licensed service that lets you stream your music wherever you are.
Using the cloud means you're storing your data on a third party's server and accessing it via your Internet connection, rather than just your hard drive. An iCloud music service would mean you store your songs in a server you can always access from Web-connected devices.
Multiple sources said deals with the other two music labels could be signed as early as next week, with the launch possibly as soon as 6 June at the World Wide Developers' Conference.
In contrast to rival cloud music services from Google and Amazon, the rumoured iCloud will be fully licensed. This gives Apple the green light to offer a range of featuresand can't provide because of licensing restrictions.
One of these features could be the cool sounding 'scan and match', which looks at the MP3s you have in your collection and gives you instant access to the labels' master recordings of those songs, rather than waiting hours to upload the files themselves.
Apple's price strategy remains unknown, but you might be charged a subscription fee, says CNET News' Greg Sandoval.
Google and Amazon might have raced to the cloud first, but the licence deals are an advantage for Apple. With the blessing of the music industry and iTunes' established brand, the sun seems to be shining on Steve Jobs' cloud.