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Steve Jobs unveils new operating systems for Mac and iPhone - and ambitious new 'iCloud'

Apple has new software for the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Mac – and a new web-based storage system.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs talks about the music component of iCloud at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs talks about the music component of iCloud at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Image: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

Reproduced with permission from Business Insider.

Steve Jobs has finished giving the WWDC keynote, and there’s a ton of new stuff coming out in the next few months.

The big news was iCloud — a service that will automatically back up all your data to Apple’s servers, then push it back down to all your devices. So, if you add a new contact or snap a new photo on your iPhone, it’ll show up on your iPad.

Music is covered, but there’s a catch. If you only want to back up songs you bought from iTunes, that’s free. But most of us have collections that contain a lot of songs ripped from CDs and other sources. Apple will scan your collection, match it to songs they have in iTunes, then let you stream those songs do your other devices. But — the service, which is called iTunes Match — costs $25 a year.

Still, it’s a quicker and more efficient solution than Google Music or Amazon’s cloud service, which require you to upload ALL songs manually.

Apple also announced tons of improvements in the next version of Mac OS (Lion), which will cost $30 and be available next month, and in iOS 5, which is free and will come later this summer.

For more details, check out:

The 10 Most Important Mac OS X Lion Features Announced Today

Here Are 10 Killer Features Coming To iOS 5

Apple Just Integrated Twitter Into Your iPhone, And Here’s What It Looks Like

Here’s How Apple’s BBM Killer iMessage Works

Steve Jobs Announces iTunes In The Cloud

Reproduced with permission from Business Insider.

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