For all the speculation around when Apple might launch a cloud music service, MP3tunes’ Michael Robertson has discovered that it’s already got one on the quiet. Well, sort of.The latest update to its iDisk online storage service – v1.2 – includes the ability to “play audio from your iDisk while using another app”. Users have to upload tracks to iDisk one-by-one, but can then stream them to multiple devices, including computers, iPhones, iPod touches and iPads.”Apple’s service allows unlimited sharing (no username or password required) and now background streaming – all without a license from the record labels,” he blogs, saying this challenges the negotiating position of one label in particular: UMG.”They have told net companies who have inquired about offering personal cloud music services that backing up and downloading music files is OK with limitations, but streaming music files requires entering into a license and paying a per stream fee,” he writes.”Their recent actions are defying UMG’s position that any streaming service requires a license.”

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