Multiple news outlets have reported since yesterday that iCloud will debut as a free service, with Apple eventually looking to charge in the neighborhood of $25 per year for the service. Sources have also claimed that iCloud will be limited at first, supporting only content purchased from the iTunes Store, but that Apple is working to expand iCloud to support music obtained from other sources in the future.
I think this may be a lot like when the iTunes Store first debuted. Major labels were on it but the indies didn’t get added until later. If Apple’s goal is to stream music obtained elsewhere then how’s that really different than just letting everyone stream all the music available in the iTunes store?