The sales of Apple products were really good in the fourth quarter of 2011 and these sales earned Apple record-setting revenue. Apple was definitely lucky as during the fourth quarter, Apple also received good response from iCloud and the number of membership rose in no time.
Apple’s iCloud service has amassed 85 million members since its release in October 2011. Apple’s iCloud sign-ups have been faster than the sale of all Apple products combined. While there have been a massive number of users to sign up, this can be attributed to iCloud’s cheap price of admission (free).
So far, Apple has sold over 300 million iDevices. However, with rapidly increasing number of iCloud members, Apple may have plans to have iCloud as the “strategy for the next decade”.
It is yet to be known that out of 85 million users signing up with iCloud, how many of them signed up when upgrading to iOS 5 and how many do not use use many of the features iCloud. A good number of users likely have iCloud accounts and they do not know it. At the same time, there are others who probably have free accounts they rarely use.
The numbers for iTunes Match sign-ups are yet to be known as well.