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MacRumors
Apr 23, 2013, 04:37 PM
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http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2012/08/icloud-icon-399x400-150x150.jpgDuring today's Q2 2013 quarterly earnings call (http://www.front.macrumors.com/2013/04/23/apple-reports-q2-2013-quarterly-results-9-5-billion-profit-on-43-6-billion-in-revenue/), Apple revealed that iCloud now has more than 300 million users, a 20% increase from the 250 million that it reported during its Q1 earnings call (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/23/apple-reports-best-quarterly-results-ever-in-q1-2013-13-1-billion-profit-on-54-5-billion-in-revenue/) in January. A year ago, iCloud had just over 100M users.

Apple's iCloud originally launched in late 2011, as a replacement (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/11/07/apple-notifying-former-mobileme-members-of-new-icloud-com-email-address-options/) for the company's MobileMe service.

iCloud, which is designed to allow users to store data from games and music, among other things, lets users sync content between multiple Apple devices. Recently, iCloud has experienced a number of service outages, with the latest occurring this morning (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/04/23/apples-services-suffering-another-outage-as-icloud-sign-in-and-itunes-store-go-down/).

Article Link: iCloud Boasts 300M Users and 20 Percent Growth in Q2 2013 (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/04/23/icloud-boasts-300m-users-and-20-percent-growth-in-q2-2013/)



tylerjamison
Apr 23, 2013, 04:39 PM
It's crazy to think that iCloud and MobileMe are even related.

samcraig
Apr 23, 2013, 04:42 PM
...when it's up and running (ducks)

nazaar
Apr 23, 2013, 04:42 PM
iCloud base may have grown, but the bugs in this service is still very prevalent. Smart playlists in itunes is my biggest complaint, is it really that difficult to get it to work even if I already have iTunes Match....?

KylePowers
Apr 23, 2013, 04:43 PM
Now that they have a substantial user base, they should make it more useful (i.e. more Dropbox-like).

Also wouldn't mind if I could get 5GB/device rather than 5GB/account =P

ThunderSkunk
Apr 23, 2013, 04:49 PM
The amount of cloud space you get should equal the amount of space on the iOS devices you bought.

If I buy a 64GB iPad, I should be able to back it up to the cloud.

...not that I'd want to do it all at once, but still...

rmwebs
Apr 23, 2013, 04:55 PM
I dont think this is a very reliable piece of information really.

For example, I'm counted as an iCloud user - I have an iCloud email address, gamecenter account and have Photo syncing turned on - I dont 'use' iCloud however - I dont use the email account (it was non optional). I dont use any of the other features. Plus which, surely pretty much every iOS6 device activated gives an iCloud account out, does it not?

Michael Goff
Apr 23, 2013, 05:02 PM
iCloud is great when it works

needfx
Apr 23, 2013, 05:18 PM
I'm just happy my new devices are up and running in minutes without having to synch via computer.

krravi
Apr 23, 2013, 05:36 PM
After trying to sync everything through Google on a Android phone recently, I realized Apple's solution was much more cleaner and seamless.

Love iCloud!

iMikeT
Apr 23, 2013, 06:24 PM
Wow, that's nearly the entire US population! :eek:

Bubba Satori
Apr 23, 2013, 06:48 PM
After trying to sync everything through Google on a Android phone recently, I realized Apple's solution was much more cleaner and seamless.

Love iCloud!

Hi Tim.

krravi
Apr 23, 2013, 08:00 PM
Hi Tim.

Hi Bubba,

How you likin' my 100 B payout? :)

Gemütlichkeit
Apr 23, 2013, 09:07 PM
Great product, I use it all the time. Tons of room to grow but they did an amazing job implementing it to their customers.

gatearray
Apr 23, 2013, 09:16 PM
I dont think this is a very reliable piece of information really.

For example, I'm counted as an iCloud user - I have an iCloud email address, gamecenter account and have Photo syncing turned on - I dont 'use' iCloud however - I dont use the email account (it was non optional). I dont use any of the other features. Plus which, surely pretty much every iOS6 device activated gives an iCloud account out, does it not?

This is common, every service calculates their user numbers in exactly the same way. For instance, do you think Facebook really has 1 billion active users? Of course they don't.

Also, to answer your question, not every iOS 6 device activated gets an iCloud account. It is an option on initial set-up that you can easily choose to skip.

JoEw
Apr 24, 2013, 02:15 AM
Hi Tim.

Do I sense a little truth hurting? :rolleyes:

BvizioN
Apr 24, 2013, 03:49 AM
The amount of cloud space you get should equal the amount of space on the iOS devices you bought.

If I buy a 64GB iPad, I should be able to back it up to the cloud.

...not that I'd want to do it all at once, but still...

That's nice. Considering some do update every year their iOS devices while selling old ones, some do buy and sell as a second hand or even brand new, one user would end up with 100 of GB storage space or more. Not bad at all, only if Apple haven't thought of that ;)

thasan
Apr 24, 2013, 05:50 AM
Hi Bubba,

How you likin' my 100 B payout? :)

wahahahahaha...funniest reply ever! :p

Rossatron
Apr 24, 2013, 06:43 AM
i do wish they would give more space as you buy more apple products. you get 5GB when you open an account (and 5 GB is not a lot these days), but that's it. i think it would be nice to get a 5 GB increase with each product.

redhawk87
Apr 24, 2013, 08:28 AM
iCloud is so heavily integrated into Apple products, its hard NOT to use iCloud (if you have an Apple device that is). To me this number is the same as saying how many iOS devices are currently in use.

finalcut
Apr 24, 2013, 08:30 AM
300M and 280M of them don't even know they are with iCloud just because they have created a me.com email addy.

ThunderSkunk
Apr 24, 2013, 08:49 AM
That's nice. Considering some do update every year their iOS devices while selling old ones, some do buy and sell as a second hand or even brand new, one user would end up with 100 of GB storage space or more. Not bad at all, only if Apple haven't thought of that ;)

...yeah, I should have specified "registered", not just bought. When you sell a used device and the next user registers it, the drivespace associated with that device should go to them.

As big as Apples server farms are, I can't imagine how big they'd need to be to match the collective drivespace of all the iOS devices they're cranking out. I'd guess that's the limiting factor.

ArcaneDevice
Apr 24, 2013, 09:20 AM
iCloud is so heavily integrated into Apple products, its hard NOT to use iCloud (if you have an Apple device that is). To me this number is the same as saying how many iOS devices are currently in use.

Exactly. Considering you need an iCloud email address just to sync your notes it's almost impossible to escape the damn thing if you have more than one Mac device.

I store absolutely nothing in iCloud, I only ever use it to sync notes, contacts and calendars across devices and in order to do that you have to use iCloud.

Chupa Chupa
Apr 24, 2013, 10:23 AM
The amount of cloud space you get should equal the amount of space on the iOS devices you bought.

If I buy a 64GB iPad, I should be able to back it up to the cloud.

...not that I'd want to do it all at once, but still...

That's not realistic but I do think that anything purchased at the iTunes store should not count against a users 5GB. Amazon does it that way, and I think it's fair because all Apple has to really do is store an alias in your acct, not the actual media so it's not actually costing them additional storage.

palenran
Apr 24, 2013, 12:20 PM
That's not realistic but I do think that anything purchased at the iTunes store should not count against a users 5GB. Amazon does it that way, and I think it's fair because all Apple has to really do is store an alias in your acct, not the actual media so it's not actually costing them additional storage.

I believe that is how iCloud works. I have a 32GB iPhone 4s and a 64GB iPad Mini, each with 16GB of music on them. I have no problem backin up the whole thing to my 5GB of iCloud backup. That would not be possible if my iTunes store purchases were actually backed up to iCloud. Most of that storage is used by my Mail and my App settings.

alent1234
Apr 24, 2013, 03:01 PM
The amount of cloud space you get should equal the amount of space on the iOS devices you bought.

If I buy a 64GB iPad, I should be able to back it up to the cloud.

...not that I'd want to do it all at once, but still...


the backups are only the metadata and app data if the app supports it

last time i restored my wife's iphone via icloud/wifi it installed the apps from the app store. its not like it backs up the app

rGiskard
Apr 24, 2013, 04:55 PM
I wonder how many of the users are like me in that they only use iCloud for syncing contacts and bookmarks? As a file syncing service it's pretty underwhelming IMO. Apple seriously need to add a Finder to iOS and iCloud if their cloud service aspires to be useful for more than syncing grocery lists.

ThisIsNotMe
Apr 24, 2013, 07:46 PM
The amount of cloud space you get should equal the amount of space on the iOS devices you bought.

If I buy a 64GB iPad, I should be able to back it up to the cloud.

...not that I'd want to do it all at once, but still...

Why?
What are the items that take up the vast majority of space?
Apps? They are "backed up" via the App Store.
Media? It is "backed up" via iTunes.
Photos? Photostream.

So when you look at how much your device actually uses in "personal" data, what Apple offers is plenty.

ConCat
Apr 24, 2013, 09:43 PM
Why?
What are the items that take up the vast majority of space?
Apps? They are "backed up" via the App Store.
Media? It is "backed up" via iTunes.
Photos? Photostream.

So when you look at how much your device actually uses in "personal" data, what Apple offers is plenty.

..and if you happen to need more (my sister who takes countless baby videos for example), the cost is quite cheap.

ChrisA
Apr 25, 2013, 12:08 AM
It works well for me. I use it for iWork documents. I keep almost all my work there. This means I can work on any computer. then move to any other computer and continue working with out need to move data. I mostly use Pages.

Yes I think they could afford to give you space based on the number of Apple products you own.

The other thing I need is a quick way to pull down the entire iCloud to make a local copy. Does this exist?

ricosuave
Apr 26, 2013, 02:55 PM
It works well for me. I use it for iWork documents. I keep almost all my work there. This means I can work on any computer. then move to any other computer and continue working with out need to move data. I mostly use Pages.

Yes I think they could afford to give you space based on the number of Apple products you own.

The other thing I need is a quick way to pull down the entire iCloud to make a local copy. Does this exist?

These files are stored in a hidden folder within os x. But you can retrieve lost files if you are using Time Machine.