Apple’s new iCloud service will allow iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users running iOS 5 and up to store their music, contacts, documents, and other data online. The service will also store a history of apps you download from the App Store and media you purchase from iTunes, allowing you to re-download items at any time.

Today Apple opened up iCloud to developers. If you have a developer account you can login at iCloud.com to kick the tires. In addition to online storage, the service provides a free “find my phone” feature which shows your phone’s physical location on a map, and a suite of web apps for email, calendar, and iWork, allowing you to view documents from your iOS device.

9 to 5 Mac has posted a series of images. Overall, the web apps look an awful lot like iPad apps, which is probably a good thing if you’re used to using iWork, Mail, and other apps on an iPad. On the other hand, if you’re not using a touch-enabled computer, the iPad look and feel might be a bit of overkill.

Users will get 5GB of storage for free, and anything purchased from iTunes doesn’t count against that limit. But if you need more space, Apple announced today that you can get an extra 10GB of data for $20 per year, 20GB extra for $40 per year, or 50GB extra for $100 per year.

Brad Linder

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