In the olden days, most of the music on music fans’ hard drives came from P2P networks and ripped CDs. If Apple’s vision of the music cloud proves dominant, the future will resemble that past, perhaps with MP3s downloaded from music blogs replacing CD ripping.
A video hit the internet last night, making it look like Apple’s upcoming iTunes Match/iTunes in the Cloud service could actually stream music directly from the server. AllThingsD’s Peter Kafka says that’s not the case. It’s download only.
iPhone owners in the UK may need a pat on the back and another ale to make it through this news. According to the UK-based Performing Right Society, Apple’s iTunes in the Cloud and iTunes Match service won’t launch until 2012.