Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is looking to hire a pair of experienced software developers as the company builds out its portfolio of cloud-hosted services. Both listings call for a "iOS Software Engineer"--the first posting seeks "outstanding operations engineers to deliver and manage the next generation of hosted infrastructure serving Apple products and devices," while the other outlines work on "distributed computing for data with non-trivial properties, and efficient online services for data access," with "experience developing large-scale offline or online storage systems" considered an additional factor for success. Both positions require knowledge of C++.
Although many pundits expected Apple to introduce its own streaming iTunes service sometime in 2010, the project is apparently on hold. Reports surfaced this summer indicating that Apple has yet to negotiate the licensing agreements necessary to offer a streaming music solution--multiple questions also surround the status of technologies and executives acquired in late 2009 with Apple's purchase of streaming music startup Lala, a deal rumored to be valued at $85 million. Some insiders believe Apple has delayed its cloud service plans to expand the initiative into video streaming--sources inside Hollywood studios indicate Apple plans to offer "digital shelves" enabling consumers to store movies and television content on the company's servers. Others speculate the holdup is directly related to the server farm Apple is building in North Carolina--multiple sources have said the servers will make up the backbone of the cloud solution.
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