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Apple on Thursday removed the $99 MobileMe product from its online store and notified resellers that it has discontinued the retail box for its cloud-based syncing product, suggesting the company is prepared to launch a rumored overhaul of the service.

The MobileMe single license and family pack are no longer available on Apple's online store. In addition, resellers have indicated to AppleInsider that both the MobileMe Single User product (identified as MC660Z/A) and Family Pack (MC661Z/A) have been declared "End of Life" by Apple.

Users of MobileMe were also notified of scheduled maintenance for the me.com website. The service's Web-based applications may not be accessible to some users for about a half-hour tonight, after which normal service is expected to be restored.

The changes come as Apple is rumored to be revamping the MobileMe service, and is also said to be considering making the product free. The New York Times reported this month that Apple plans to turn MobileMe into a free service that would serve as a digital "locker" where users could store photos, music and videos.

Apple has been rumored to be pursuing a cloud-based iTunes service, particularly for music streaming, for years. The Times said that such a move would negate the need for a large amount of local storage on mobile devices like the iPhone.



And on Wednesday, Apple executives revealed at the company's annual shareholder meeting that its massive $1 billion data center in North Carolina is set to open this spring. The usually tight-lipped company also let slip that the data center will be used to support iTunes and MobileMe.
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Hopefully, nothing will happen to piss off paid through users.
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I get the feeling MobileMe will be folded directly into iTunes/The App Store.
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Makes you wonder if the iPad 2 event will include the MobileMe overhaul for use with the iPad.
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Interesting. Does this mean the service is going the free route? I'm a bit worried if it does. I don't want a Google set-up where ads are present and my personal information is sold for profit. I'd rather to pay to keep my personal information private.

I just re-subscribed in January. Hopefully, Apple stays true to it's past and looks out for those with paid subscriptions. Will be watching these developments closely.
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Well, an overhaul has been a long time coming. Dot Mac was slow and so is MobileMe. It shouldn't have to take 2-3 tries to update my webpage.
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i just renewed in december. lol.
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Is it just me, or are we all set to see the new MobileMe debut alongside the iPad 2 and whatever other goodies Apple has on March 2nd? In my mind, the stars appear to be aligned.

As a current paying member of MobileMe, I think it is great that Apple is going to revamp the service, and hopefully make it free. The Webapps, syncing, and Find My iPhone feature make it a much more compelling product, in my mind, than anything in the "free" market. But then again, I am one of those people who is willing to pay a premium for a premium product.

In any event, I can't wait to see what Apple has up its sleeve for the next version of MobileMe.
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post #9 of 63
I only use this for syncing and will not put a penny more in this "service".

It should be free Mr. Jobs (can pay for other parts, but NOT the syncing)!

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i just renewed in december. lol.

Ditto. And the family plan at that.
post #11 of 63
I'm sure we will not see advertising on the MobileMe website even if it does go free.
MobileMe is there to reinforce the halo effect.
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Ditto. And the family plan at that.

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As a current paying member of MobileMe, I think it is great that Apple is going to revamp the service, and hopefully make it free. The Webapps, syncing, and Find My iPhone feature make it a much more compelling product, in my mind, than anything in the "free" market. But then again, I am one of those people who is willing to pay a premium for a premium product.

In any event, I can't wait to see what Apple has up its sleeve for the next version of MobileMe.

Likewise. I just hope that this revamp doesn't wreak havoc with my iCal and Address Book syncing like their previous updates did.

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Interesting. Does this mean the service is going the free route? I'm a bit worried if it does. I don't want a Google set-up where ads are present and my personal information is sold for profit. I'd rather to pay to keep my personal information private.

I just re-subscribed in January. Hopefully, Apple stays true to it's past and looks out for those with paid subscriptions. Will be watching these developments closely.

If Apple makes MobileMe free, it won't be supported by ads or sales of your information. That is not Apple's way. They will instead view it as a value-added service that will recoup costs by enticing more buyers of the Apple products which use the service. In other words, Apple might believe that by making MobileMe free, they enhance the perceived value of their products, and they will sell more of them. I agree wholeheartedly.

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I would rather there be a paid version, or at least require an Apple device to initiate it. I'm on my third Apple email address, eWorld, .mac and MobileMe. I love the back to my Mac desktop feature.

Maybe it will be similar to how the $99 iOS dev program got folded into the more expensive OS X dev program. You can still sign up for the advanced dev subscription if you want more features even though the base subscription is included for only $99 instead of the previous $500 plus the $99. No more t-shirts for you!

As long as MobileMe works at least as well as it does now I guess I can live with no charge. I just don't want to lose my account like with eWorld's demise.

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i just renewed in december. lol.

I renewed my family plan a week ago... \
But I don't expect the service to become entirely free. I expect an upgrade with improved features as well as a tiered service. Some free, others not. I also imagine the option of including iWork.com to be part of the package. Well... I hope it will but it probably won't
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And on Wednesday, Apple executives revealed at the company's annual shareholder meeting that its massive $1 billion data center

Okay ... Take a deep breath and finish the thought ...

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post #18 of 63
They may make some services free like email and contact/calendar syncing. They could also provide free storage for iTunes purchased content (if a million people bought a movie, Apple would only need the space to store it once and then just link to the master copy). They may then charge for extra space for things like online backups, photo sharing, etc.

Ping could also move into the MobileMe space. Maybe even FaceTime so you could use it from any computer to take on Skype and Google more directly in that area.
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Apple is not going to suddenly give up $99 in reoccurring annual revenue by making Mobile Me free.

More likely, Mobile Me will have two service levels: (as an example)

- 3 email addresses, 10GB storage, find my iPhone, syncing, and limited iTunes/Photo lockbox = FREE
- 6 email addresses, 50GB storage, find my iPhone, syncing, and massive iTunes/Photo lockbox = $99

Discuss....
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Originally Posted by thompr View Post

If Apple makes MobileMe free, it won't be supported by ads or sales of your information. That is not Apple's way. They will instead view it as a value-added service that will recoup costs by enticing more buyers of the Apple products which use the service. In other words, Apple might believe that by making MobileMe free, they enhance the perceived value of their products, and they will sell more of them. I agree wholeheartedly.

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FREE! Don't make me laugh, this is an Apple ploy. I remember the day I bought OS 9, it included iTools, iTools was like mac.com or mobileme. What happened to it? Apple gave then took away
iTools. So much for Apple, after all, it is Apples way.
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- 3 email addresses, 10GB storage, find my iPhone, syncing, and limited iTunes/Photo lockbox = FREE
- 6 email addresses, 50GB storage, find my iPhone, syncing, and massive iTunes/Photo lockbox = $99

Yes please, something like that.

Guess most of us here are adults with a creditcard. But what about our children with an iphone, ipad and Macbook. Why lock them out of this service?
post #22 of 63
What about the website services:

I curently host my sailing class newsletter/ event/ racing schedules at mobile me

hmmm

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Originally Posted by FormerARSgm View Post

Apple is not going to suddenly give up $99 in reoccurring annual revenue by making Mobile Me free.

More likely, Mobile Me will have two service levels: (as an example)

- 3 email addresses, 10GB storage, find my iPhone, syncing, and limited iTunes/Photo lockbox = FREE
- 6 email addresses, 50GB storage, find my iPhone, syncing, and massive iTunes/Photo lockbox = $99

Discuss....

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post #23 of 63
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Originally Posted by edorf View Post

Yes please, something like that.

Guess most of us here are adults with a creditcard. But what about our children with an iphone, ipad and Macbook. Why lock them out of this service?

Locked out? They'd get the service with the same means that they acquired an iPhone, iPad and Macbook I guess.
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I renewed my family plan a week ago... \
But I don't expect the service to become entirely free. I expect an upgrade with improved features as well as a tiered service. Some free, others not. I also imagine the option of including iWork.com to be part of the package. Well... I hope it will but it probably won't

I upgraded to the family pack in January but the accounts I combined had expiration dates four months apart, so not only did I have to pay for the family pack, I also had to pay an upgrade fee so that both can have the same expiration date.
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Originally Posted by paxman View Post

I renewed my family plan a week ago... \
But I don't expect the service to become entirely free. I expect an upgrade with improved features as well as a tiered service. Some free, others not. I also imagine the option of including iWork.com to be part of the package. Well... I hope it will but it probably won't

The basic service will be FREE and will primarily be contact syncing and "Find my iDevice"
If you want email and photo syncing, you are probably going to be paying.
I think they are going to move to a more a-la-carté model.
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FREE! Don't make me laugh, this is an Apple ploy. I remember the day I bought OS 9, it included iTools, iTools was like mac.com or mobileme. What happened to it? Apple gave then took away
iTools. So much for Apple, after all, it is Apples way.

This is true, they did give a free service (iTools), and then start charging for it (.Mac/MobileMe)...but think of it this way...

The whole time, Apple has been feverishly trying to figure out what to do. They know there is a formula to make this online service successful, but so far they haven't figured it out. I think they will keep trying til they get it right. Since both .Mac and MobileMe have been limited in their userbase and success as paid services, I think Apple finally realizes that the formula is to make it free to make the ecosystem complete and tie it all together. Afterall, with Google giving similar things away for free, I think they have to give in a bit to remain competitive. I think a tiered service would be fine, but it seems like there has to be a basic service that is free for all Mac users to get them hooked. Then for power users, they can upgrade as they will already know the value in the services.
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My family pack expires next month, but I bought a renewal a couple of months back when I saw a good price. Might as well just renew it now regardless.
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Originally Posted by speedxdesign View Post

i just renewed in december. lol.

Renewed in January with a Family Pack account. Grr.
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i just renewed in december. lol.

I renewed in september, fortunately I didn't go for the family pack
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Originally Posted by FormerARSgm View Post

Apple is not going to suddenly give up $99 in reoccurring annual revenue by making Mobile Me free.

More likely, Mobile Me will have two service levels: (as an example)

- 3 email addresses, 10GB storage, find my iPhone, syncing, and limited iTunes/Photo lockbox = FREE
- 6 email addresses, 50GB storage, find my iPhone, syncing, and massive iTunes/Photo lockbox = $99

Discuss....

Given that it will never really work to have a "backup for everything" in the cloud (for the majority of users using current network access speeds), I don't think the size of the storage space is even relevant. For backing up a few documents and accessing your stuff on the go 16GB is probably all most people need and then some.

For a true cloud based backup, Terebytes per person wouldn't be enough for many and the best network speeds in the world don't transfer data fast enough for it to be truly feasible on any kind of scale.
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I just renewed my Family Pack 2 weeks ago. After chatting with online support, this was said to me:
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Advisor [11:34 a.m.]:
Looking at this link http://archives.subscribermail.com/m...a8d1df0917.htm you can still purchases MobileMe from apple.com/ MobileMe

Which states:
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Information About MobileMe Retail Box

Starting February 24th, Apple is no longer producing the retail box version of MobileMe.

Once remaining MobileMe retail boxes have been sold through, direct customers to sign up for MobileMe online at www.apple.com/mobileme.

It looks like they will sell Retail Boxes until inventory is gone. At this time you can still buy the subscription in stores. If auto-renew is setup it will go through. The Apple.com store should be back online today with that product.
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Originally Posted by FormerARSgm View Post

Apple is not going to suddenly give up $99 in reoccurring annual revenue by making Mobile Me free.

More likely, Mobile Me will have two service levels: (as an example)

- 3 email addresses, 10GB storage, find my iPhone, syncing, and limited iTunes/Photo lockbox = FREE
- 6 email addresses, 50GB storage, find my iPhone, syncing, and massive iTunes/Photo lockbox = $99

Discuss....

Hopefully the paid service has no adds too. Maybe they reduce the over all cost also ? $99 to $79 to entice more people ?

If the service does go free, I hope they reimburse people with credits in iTunes pro rata for time left. I guess we'll see next Wednesday.
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So it could actually end up costing more. I purchased my family pack from MegaWatts in January for $76.49. If we're only allowed to buy it from Apple, I hope they drop the price.
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I thought Apple's idea of a value added online services feature was a better idea. Even at $69 for renewal, the price seems lofty by today's standards and what's available elsewhere.

I'm hoping for more features at a dramatically lower price. We've been witnessing this recent trend in the new App store.

Here's hoping they add something akin to Dropbox, only better!
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And on Wednesday, Apple executives revealed at the company's annual shareholder meeting that its massive $1 billion data center

And I am really glad that they
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If Apple makes MobileMe free, it won't be supported by ads or sales of your information. That is not Apple's way.

I'd love to agree with you but you have heard of iAd right?

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And on Wednesday, Apple executives revealed at the company's annual shareholder meeting that its massive $1 billion data center

Is this a sentence?


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So it could actually end up costing more. I purchased my family pack from MegaWatts in January for $76.49. If we're only allowed to buy it from Apple, I hope they drop the price.

Hopefully the codes will still be available at lower prices from 3rd Parties.


Perhaps with iTunes subscriptions they could offer pay monthly to spread the cost.
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And on Wednesday, Apple executives revealed at the company's annual shareholder meeting that its massive $1 billion data center

That's quite a tease. What was the conclusion of this sentence?

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post #38 of 63
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Well, an overhaul has been a long time coming. Dot Mac was slow and so is MobileMe. It shouldn't have to take 2-3 tries to update my webpage.

I find mobile me incredibly quick. The web apps are like using local apps and the updating my iWeb site is a breeze - are you sure it's mobileme that's to blame?
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I thought Apple's idea of a value added online services feature was a better idea. Even at $69 for renewal, the price seems lofty by today's standards and what's available elsewhere.

I'm hoping for more features at a dramatically lower price. We've been witnessing this recent trend in the new App store.

Here's hoping they add something akin to Dropbox, only better!

Mobileme is incredibly good value for money and the only service that provides all that is does under one roof. I'd like to see Apple BUY dropbox and integrate it though...
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Originally Posted by edorf View Post

I only use this for syncing and will not put a penny more in this "service".

It should be free Mr. Jobs (can pay for other parts, but NOT the syncing)!

By the way, Happy Birthday

Because you only use a tiny percentage of the functionality, it's the service that's somehow flawed?

The web apps are amazing, accessing and sharing files, web hosting, galleries, calendars, backtomymac, syncing, the best webmail app in existence - for less than a fiver a month, ad free with my personal data kept data. Being able to sync my mac - even down to the dock icons...

A very small price to pay.
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