“Don’t expect Apple’s cloud-music service to come free of charge, at least not forever,” Greg Sandoval reports for CNET.

“Music industry insiders told me that Apple has indicated it could offer the service free of charge initially but that company will eventually require a fee,” Sandoval reports. “Google is also expected to charge for a similar service.”

Sandoval reports, “Billboard writer Ed Christman reported last September that Google was considering a plan to charge $25 a year for a subscription for its cloud service. Last month, the blog Wayne’s World reported that Apple would charge $20 annually, but nobody I spoke with seems to know for sure what Apple may ask.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Fred Mertz" for the heads up.]

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