Here are your Apple rumors and AAPL news items for today:
Big Sky: American consumers use Apple‘s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iCloud more than any other rival cloud-based media storage service, AppleInsider notes. That estimate comes from Strategy Analytics, which found that iCloud accounted for 27% of U.S. cloud-using consumers. Dropbox was ranked second with 17%, while Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) followed with 15% of consumers. Google‘s (NASDAQ:GOOG) cloud service came in fourth with just 10% of consumers using it. Apple has reported that it has 250 million active iCloud accounts. Music is a driving factor in cloud storage adoption among consumers. 90% of Apple, Amazon and Google customers surveyed by Strategy Analytics used their cloud storage for music files. Only 45% of Dropbox users stored music in their cloud accounts.
Streak: Once again Apple has received the highest satisfaction scores of any smartphone maker in J.D. Power and Associates’ latest ranking, CNET notes. It marks the ninth straight time that Apple has topped the survey. Nokia (NYSE:NOK) took second place in the survey, followed by Google’s Motorola and HTC. Struggling handset maker BlackBerry‘s (NASDAQ:BBRY) score trailed other vendors. Apple received a score of 855, compared to the average vendor score of 796. BlackBerry received a score of 732.
Green: Apple says it data centers now run entirely on renewable energy, Bloomberg notes. The company, which has been criticized by environmentalists for using electricity from coal-fire power plants at its data centers, now says that all of its cloud facilities draw electricity from geothermal, wind and solar power systems. Apple uses its large data centers to distribute digital content from its iCloud, iTunes and iMessage services. Only a year ago, Greenpeace International gave the company a D grade for using fossil fuel sources to power its data centers. Apple’s new North Carolina data center is powered by a 100-acre solar power farm.
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