It’s official: Apple CEO Steve Jobs has just announced the release of iCloud.

Long rumored, iCloud will bring iTunes to the cloud. In doing so, it will replace Apple’s MobileMe service.

Although iCloud was officially announced via a press release just one week ago, it wasn’t until today that its specifics were known.

Components include: App Store, Calendar, Mail, iBooks, Backup, Contacts and three new components we’ve wanted.

These include:

  • Documents in the Cloud – Pushes to all devices that have Pages on it, for example. (Includes Pages, Numbers and Keynote) (API included)
  • Photo Streaming – Bringing the Cloud to Photos
  • iTunes In The Cloud

Here are other details:

  • Music, Photos, and Video automatically synced
  • Center of Digital Life is now “in the cloud.”
  • Everything happens automatically
  • It all “works”
  • Stores your content and wirelessly pushes it to all your devices.
  • Contacts, Calendar and Mail have been re-architected and are now cloud apps and are free from now on, not $99 as part of a MobileMe.
  • Calendar sharing is automatically between devices or users
  • Will know all the apps that you’ve purchased automatically.
  • New iDevices: Cloud automatically moves the apps down.
  • Wireless Backup to the cloud

Also announced, iTunes March for music not bought in iTunes.

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