With Whois Changes, We Learn What Cloud Domain Names Apple Bought
When word of Apple’s apparent iCloud.com purchase for several million dollars hit tech blogs, I did some additional research to see if the price was for iCloud.com or if there were additional domain names possibly involved in the transaction. Now that the Whois record for iCloud.com confirms that Apple did make the acquisition, we should be able to see if they bought additional iCloud domain names.
Below is a list of domain names that were also owned by Xcerion, the company that apparently sold iCloud.com to Apple. Next to these domain names is a note about whether the name is now owned by Xcerion or Apple. As you can see, Apple bought more than just iCloud.com, which means that we won’t see the sale atop the DNJournal sales report, assuming the sales price is confirmed.
- iCloudApps.com – Xcerion
- iCloudMusic.com – Xcerion
- iCloudNews.com – Xcerion
- iCloudos.com (net and org, too) – Xcerion
- iCloud.org – Apple
- iCloud.us – Xcerion
- LiquidCloud.com (net and org, too) – Xcerion
- iCloudBlog.com – Xcerion
- LeadCloud.com – Xcerion
- AlbumCloud.com – Xcerion
There may be additional domain names I didn’t find, and there’s also a chance the Whois will change on some of the other names at a later point. However, it appears that Apple only purchased iCloud.com and iCloud.org from Xcerion.
According to PC Magazine, Apple has a big cloud-related announcement on June 6, so we should learn the scope of the iCloud project. My bet is that it’s going to be very big and will be something that most of us (Apple users) are going to use.