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Apple puts a price on iCloud

£70 per year for 50GB, on top of free 5GB

Apple has set out pricing for its forthcoming iCloud service.

Pocket Lint reports that US punters will fork out $20 per year for an extra 10GB, $40 for 20GB or $100 for 50GB.

Those of us in the UK will be able to get 50GB for £70 per year, while other European-based iCloud users will pay 80 for 50GB.

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Apple announced the pricing as it opened up its first public developer beta test for iCloud today.

The US pricing looks good when compared to services such as Dropbox - which charges $9.99 (around £6) per month for 50GB, working out to $120 (£74) per year - and you get 5GB of storage for free with iCloud. Those in the UK won't make as much of a saving, though.

However, you won't be able to store absolutely all of your documents and files in iCloud - Apple said iCloud will only sync documents created with Apple's apps (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, for example) as well as any third-party apps that are adapted to take advantage of iCloud.

iCloud will roll out in the autumn when iOS 5 is announced, though some features such as iTunes in the Cloud won't be available to UK customers initially.

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