iCloud is now available for developers, if you have a developer Apple ID you can log in and start using and testing the services.
This shows that it is near the day when it will be available for everybody.
Also there are new releases of iWork and iPhoto that can work and use iCloud. The UI is now similar to the one we use in the iPad or OS X Lion, so, this is going to improve the overall feeling when using different products from Cupertino.
The prices are also good, and you have this options:
- 5 GB: free
- 15 GB: $20
- 25 GB: $40
- 55 GB: $100
Good prices in my opinion as those are prices per year, so at the end of the day they are not expensive, specially if you compare them with MobileMe
There will also be an application for Windows users, but unfortunately Linux is left out.
The cloud-based system allows users to store music, photos, applications, documents, iBooks and contacts, as well as serving as a platform for Apple's email servers and calendars. According to InfiniteApple, iCloud "simply manages links to uploaded content" hosted in turn by Microsoft's Windows Azure and Amazon Web Services. Each account has 5 GB of free storage. Purchased music, apps and books and the Photo Stream service will not reduce this free space. Any music files purchased via iTunes are automatically downloaded to any registered devices e.g. iPods, iPhones and computers. When a user registers a new device, all iTunes content can be automatically downloaded.