It appears that Apple’s reported purchase of iCloud.com for $4,500,000 from Xcerion has been confirmed by All Things Digital in a report today. Assuming it’s confirmed by the company, possibly in a SEC notification, it will likely be ranked the #1 domain sale of 2011… unless there is more to the reported sale than just iCloud.com.
Reading about the sale made me interested in seeing if Xcerion owns other cloud-related domain names, aside from CloudMe.com, which is what the company intends to rebrand itself as. If Xcerion does own other cloud names, perhaps Apple bought those, too., If Apple did buy more than just iCloud.com, it probably won’t be reported as a single domain sale.
From my research, it appears that Xcerion also owns these domain names:
- iCloudos.com (net and org, too)
- LiquidCloud.com (net and org, too)
I don’t know if Apple purchased any of these additional names, but it would seem that iCloudApps.com might be a name they would want, too. Additionally, iCloud.org and iCloud.us would make nice throw-ins as well if they were available. iCloudMusic.com would certainly seem to be a name of interest, as would iCloudNews.com. All of these names appear to still be owned by Xcerion, as does iCloud.com.
Does Apple need any of these extra domain names? I can’t speculate without knowing what iCloud.com will be, but it would seem unlikely that Xcerion would need them in light of rebranding, and it would seem silly that Apple wouldn’t try to get all of these domain names as part of the main deal. There are likely additional iCloud domain names owned by Xcerion that I didn’t notice.
I guess we’ll find out soon enough exactly what Apple bought.