Apple finalises iCloud deals

All big four labels now signed up, say sources

Deals come ahead of official iCloud unveiling on 6 June.

Apple has at last finalised deals with all four major record labels ahead of the official unveiling of its iCloud music streaming service on 6 June. Universal are said to be putting pen to paper this week, following Sony, EMI and Warners in backing the new offering.

The news comes from "people familiar with the matter" speaking with the Wall Street Journal. Apple has been working for months to get the labels onside, as it looks to allay any piracy fears about the new service. Neither Google or Amazon's cloud storage services have record label approval.

iCloud was officially named yesterday, as Apple confirmed that it would be detailing the service at its Worldwide Develope Conference in San Francisco next week. The streaming package is said to scan users' hard drives and allow them to snag the same tunes from an online digital locker. It will work on iOS-packing devices as well as Macs.

There may still be one stumbling block, however. Apple is yet to sign up all the requisite music publishers for iCloud. This could delay the launch, especially as publishers have become more vociferous about musicians rights.

We'll be bringing you all the official news on iCloud as it happens, so stay tuned here and to our Facebook and Twitter pages for more as we get it.