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Apple Announces the iPhone 4S, iCloud and More Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 October 2011

Yesterday was a big one for Apple.  They brought out some new iPods, a brand new iPhone, and unveiled some new apps and services that will be made available in the future. What might be most interesting to audiophiles, though, is iCloud.  With iCloud, every music purchase you make through iTunes will be automatically synced up with your compatible devices.  That means your iPod, iPhone, iPad and home computer will all automatically download the tracks you buy without needing to be started manually.

As nice a feature as that is, iTunes Match could be even cooler.  Let's say you've got a big music collection that's full of different bitrates and audio quality.  iTunes Match identifies which of those tracks are available on iTunes and lets you stream those songs to any of your devices.  Instead of your original files, you'll be listening to 256 Kbps AAC music.  That's a nice setup if your original is of subpar quality.

And of course, we can't forget to mention the iPhone 4S.  It's a bit of an iterative upgrade all things considered.  The screen is the same and the audio hasn't changed - though Apple promises improved call quality.  The most interesting features are the new still camera that's better in low light situations, 1080p video recording and a dual-core A5 chip that increases the speed of the phone dramatically.

iCloud will be available for free on October 12th.  The iPhone 4S comes out October 14th at $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB.  iTunes Match  comes late October and will run $24.99 a year.

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