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As Apple gears up to shutter its MobileMe service next month, the company has extended its offer of an additional 20GB of free storage in iCloud until September 30, 2012.

Apple offered MobileMe subscribers the additional iCloud storage last year in an effort to convince customers to switch over from the sunset service. Users also received a free subscription to MobileMe until June 30, 2012, the service's last day.

Mac Otakara noted on Sunday that Apple had extended the additional storage from its original June 30 expiration to Sept. 30. A Frequently Asked Questions page on Apple's website was recently updated to reflect the extension.

"MobileMe members with 20GB of purchased storage receive a complimentary iCloud storage upgrade of 20GB, and accounts with additional purchased storage (40GB to 60GB) receive a complimentary upgrade of 50GB after moving to iCloud. These free upgrades are good through September 30th, 2012," the site read.

After September, former MobileMe customers can either pay to keep the storage or downgrade to the free 5GB iCloud plan. Though it's not exactly clear when Apple revealed the extension, a cache of the FAQ page by Google from April 30 does not include the above paragraph.

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Last month, it was discovered that Apple had begun offering free copies of OS X Snow Leopard to MobileMe users still on OS X Leopard. Subscribers could then pay for an upgrade to OS X Lion themselves in order to make the move to iCloud.

Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs took the wraps off iCloud last June and promised that it would be a step up from MobileMe, which he said was not Apple's "finest hour." Since the company launched iCloud last fall, it has attracted more than 125 million users.

Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer revealed last month during a quarterly earnings call that the company considers revenue from iCloud storage plans to be incidental. "Our real desire here was not about selling more storage? We just really wanted to increase the customer delight," he said.
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Waiting for people to say how they wont be able to live without iDisk.

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Why are you waiting for people to say they can't live without their iDisk? Anyone with any concern about that has been going to apple.com/feedback, scrolling down to the bottom, clicking on iCloud, then leaving a request to keep iDisk. I've done it every two weeks since June. What have you done to implore Apple to keep iDisk?
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Waiting for people to say how they wont be able to live without iDisk.

I wouldn't say that, but iCloud won't do it for me, either. I need the ability to store my files in one location and access them from anywhere. iCloud only allows documents created from a limited number of apps to be shared. To me, that's a significant loss of functionality and a step backwards.

Since iCloud isn't sufficient, I signed up for Skydrive and am currently moving all my files from iDisk.
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I would be delighted if they weren't killing off Gallery.
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Waiting for people to say how they wont be able to live without iDisk.

 

how they wont be able to live without iDisk.

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Why are you waiting for people to say they can't live without their iDisk? Anyone with any concern about that has been going to apple.com/feedback, scrolling down to the bottom, clicking on iCloud, then leaving a request to keep iDisk. I've done it every two weeks since June. What have you done to implore Apple to keep iDisk?
I've done nothing to keep iDisk because it's horrible and outdated in every way, hence my disdain with people that want this antiquated technology to stick around.

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I wouldn't say that, but iCloud won't do it for me, either. I need the ability to store my files in one location and access them from anywhere. iCloud only allows documents created from a limited number of apps to be shared. To me, that's a significant loss of functionality and a step backwards.
All apps have access to the iCloud APIs. Meaning, I see no reason why one can't make Mac and iOS apps that will store any and all hierarchal files and folders, just like iDisk. It could reside as a folder and Menu Bar item just like Dropbox but use Apple's servers for storage. Apple would be very happy to get people to pay for additional data storage.

Even better is using a service that doesn't make you restart the entire UL/DL if you lose your connection right before you finish transporting a large file. It's sad that installing a 3rd-party app adds so much usability and adds to the user experience so much that a built-in, native option is unusable by those that care about speed, security, reliability and redundancy.

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I would be delighted if they weren't killing off Gallery.
That's reasonable because there is no replacement for that or better 3rd-party options. I'm expecting we'll be seeing some new iCloud features come to light with iOS 6 and later ML betas.
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how they wont be able to live without iDisk.

Ha, I see what you did there!

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Why are you waiting for people to say they can't live without their iDisk? Anyone with any concern about that has been going to apple.com/feedback, scrolling down to the bottom, clicking on iCloud, then leaving a request to keep iDisk. I've done it every two weeks since June. What have you done to implore Apple to keep iDisk?

 

I personally will miss iDisk and Photo Gallery. Both were well integrated into Mac OS X (if you count iPhoto as part of the OS, which is was since it shipped with every Mac, though you had to pay for upgrades), though the integration with iOS was obviously an afterthought (free apps). I still hope that Apple will offer something like Photo Gallery in a future version of PhotoStream, perhaps by copying photos to a public folder. iDisk is probably never going to happen because Apple appears to be moving towards an iOS-style file storage, which doesn't expose app data outside of the app itself. 

 

But, overall, I think iCloud is the right direction. I'm just going to hold on to MobileMe until the bitter, bitter end: June 29 at 11:59pm.

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All apps have access to the iCloud APIs. Meaning, I see no reason why one can't make Mac and iOS apps that will store any and all hierarchal files and folders, just like iDisk. It could reside as a folder and Menu Bar item just like Dropbox but use Apple's servers for storage. Apple would be very happy to get people to pay for additional data storage..

In theory, all apps have access to the iCloud APIs. In practice, only a handful actually use the iCloud APIs.

Furthermore, there's the problem of all the thousands of files I already have. Even if there's an App that supports iCloud that will read each of those files (which isn't the case for many of them), I'd have to open and save thousands of files to make it work. Much easier to simply switch to Skydrive or Dropbox (although with Skydrive, I had to write an AppleScript to change many file names since Skydrive won't accept certain characters like '/'.
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Um... why in the world would anybody not be able to live without iDisk? It was a TERRIBLE technology that NEVER worked properly and was SLOW as molasses. People who need that sort of technology have all adopted Dropbox, an OUTSTANDING service from an EXCELLENT & trustworthy company that truly UNDERSTANDS what cloud storage is all about. Apple has YET to prove that they understand ANYTHING about the cloud, after their botched disasters known as iTools, mac.com, and MobileMe. iDisk worked for us maybe 1% of the time. Dropbox works for us 100% of the time, and shows that they have a much sharper set of software engineers than Apple. 

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Wow, where are the trolls! Only people actually discussing what they like and dislike about an Apple product. No trashing Apple just to incite a rabid response. This might set a dangerous precedent!

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Um... why in the world would anybody not be able to live without iDisk? It was a TERRIBLE technology that NEVER worked properly and was SLOW as molasses. People who need that sort of technology have all adopted Dropbox, an OUTSTANDING service from an EXCELLENT & trustworthy company that truly UNDERSTANDS what cloud storage is all about. Apple has YET to prove that they understand ANYTHING about the cloud, after their botched disasters known as iTools, mac.com, and MobileMe. iDisk worked for us maybe 1% of the time. Dropbox works for us 100% of the time, and shows that they have a much sharper set of software engineers than Apple. 

Okay, troll. Software engineers =/= network engineers. I would say Apple has some of the best software engineers in the world (just look at their OSes and apps), but I would agree with you that their cloud strategy does need some refining. They have been stepping in the right direction each time. iCloud, imo, is the best option they've had, but I personally never had any issues with MobileMe either.

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Um... why in the world would anybody not be able to live without iDisk? It was a TERRIBLE technology that NEVER worked properly and was SLOW as molasses. People who need that sort of technology have all adopted Dropbox, an OUTSTANDING service from an EXCELLENT & trustworthy company that truly UNDERSTANDS what cloud storage is all about. Apple has YET to prove that they understand ANYTHING about the cloud, after their botched disasters known as iTools, mac.com, and MobileMe. iDisk worked for us maybe 1% of the time. Dropbox works for us 100% of the time, and shows that they have a much sharper set of software engineers than Apple. 

I'm curious what it is that never worked properly. I had no problems with the parts of MobileMe that I used.

It is a bit slow- slower than Drobox but not as slow as Skydrive. But mirroring it to my desktop solved that problem.
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In theory, all apps have access to the iCloud APIs. In practice, only a handful actually use the iCloud APIs.
Furthermore, there's the problem of all the thousands of files I already have. Even if there's an App that supports iCloud that will read each of those files (which isn't the case for many of them), I'd have to open and save thousands of files to make it work. Much easier to simply switch to Skydrive or Dropbox (although with Skydrive, I had to write an AppleScript to change many file names since Skydrive won't accept certain characters like '/'.

You lost me. Why would you need to have save thousands of files? It would be no different than with SkyDrive, Dropbox, SugarSync or Google Drive. You place your files in the "drive", it auto syncs, and then when you click it opens up with the appropriate app that is tied to the file extension.

iDisk simply sucks and was barely on par with other services when it first arrived. its only benefit is OS integration, but there are plenty of 3rd-party utilities that offer almost as much integration. I say almost because you do still need a separate username and password and of course to first install it and update it outside that OS. Besides that small and common hurdle all other alternatives are worlds ahead of iDisk.

Lets look at the major way that iDisk pales in comparison to modern offerings:

  1. Shows up as mounted drive instead of folder(s) you can place anywhere.
  2. No easy way to mix private folders and shared folders. (Used to only get one password to share to users, not sure they added more later on.)
  3. if the WebDAV or FTP connection failed you had to restart the entire sync again. (Work around: RARing a file into small chunks for syncing)
  4. Syncs didn't always start right away, or worse, it affected Finder performance, sometimes catastrophically.
  5. iDisk syncing of data was not encrypted. (Work around: Using Disk Utility to create an encrypted and password protected Disk Image to store files before syncing)
  6. iDisk does not preserve version history for easy corrections. (Adds peace of mind when making changes. Saved for 30 days for free account, and indefinitely for paid account)
  7. iDisk does not preserve deletions for easy corrections. (Adds peace of mind when doing a deletion as it can be reversed for up to 30 days for a free account, or deleted permanently if you choose to just like the Recycle Bin/Trash of an OS.)
  8. iDisk does not allow delta-encodings. (This is how Time Machine, Dropbox, SugarSync, iCloud, and all the ones I know about work. Only the changes are sent thus making that 1GB document that you barely changed sync up almost instantly)
  9. Odd spattering of folders and files on your iDisk which made it confusing and was very un-Apple-like.
  10. No convenient list of "events" to show all changes made, who made them, and when.
  11. Slow, slow, slow.

Now you could say that your wish to keep iDisk isn't to keep it as it is but merely for Apple to have a built in utility that is updated with all those things that make those modern services great. However, I've made this argument before (for both sides) and having an actual useful and modern update to iDisk has never been the argument people make for retaining it.
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Well, Apple just gave away it's schedule for iOS 6 and new iPhone. New service will come in September with new iOS and new iPhone, that's why it's extended.

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Um... why in the world would anybody not be able to live without iDisk? It was a TERRIBLE technology that NEVER worked properly and was SLOW as molasses. People who need that sort of technology have all adopted Dropbox, an OUTSTANDING service from an EXCELLENT & trustworthy company that truly UNDERSTANDS what cloud storage is all about. Apple has YET to prove that they understand ANYTHING about the cloud, after their botched disasters known as iTools, mac.com, and MobileMe. iDisk worked for us maybe 1% of the time. Dropbox works for us 100% of the time, and shows that they have a much sharper set of software engineers than Apple. 

 

For iDisk, I agree - it wanted to be what Dropbox actually is. The photo galleries are an issue - I liked the integration across iPhoto and the AppleTV as well as being able to easily share password protected full-resolution galleries. I know there are alternate services and I should probably take the time to look at flikr or one of the others (suggestions welcome). iCloud 'photo stream' doesn't do it for me, and iCloud's document sync even less so. I would have been happy to have one service from Apple that worked well and covered all of this, and it strangely seems that the 'fix' for what was broken was to strip out all features that I liked. That's definitely one way to address it. ;)

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Apple, what are you doing?

 

You are supposed to be another greedy, faceless corporation existing only to generate large profits from the clueless sheep. This 'giving stuff out for free' thing is tarnishing your reputation!

 

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Personally, iDisk has served me well (mainly...mostly...sometimes) but I'd like to see way more iCloud integration before we slit it's throat and slide it into the river.

 

iCloud PDF support would be nice (especially seeing as Apple stores use receipts in this format), not to mention considerably more Mac iWork integration and streamlining with their iOS brethren.

 

The iCloud that we have now strikes me as a very timid, testing-of-the-toe-in-the water effort, but works quite well for what it is.

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The hilarious thing about iDisk is that it was faster to access it with a third-party client like Cyberduck or Transmit than with Finder. Not to mention it was more reliable.
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Well, Apple just gave away it's schedule for iOS 6 and new iPhone. New service will come in September with new iOS and new iPhone, that's why it's extended.

 

Only the naive are thinking that the next generation iPhone will come out in June/July (around the time of the WWDC). It's barely a month away and we aren't seeing the avalanche of supply chain rumors that typically precede an imminent iPhone launch. But without a doubt, we will continue to field moronic theories about Apple's upcoming "iPhone 5" (despite the fact that the fifth-generation iPhone shipped in October 2011) coming in June.

 

So tedious.

 

You're right. Apple will announce new iCloud functionality when they introduce iOS 6 to the public, presumably in September. Legacy MobileMe services will be shut down at that time.

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Apple will announce new iCloud functionality when they introduce iOS 6 to the public, presumably in September. Legacy MobileMe services will be shut down at that time.

I fully expect iOS 6 and the new SDK to be introduced at WWDC, just like last year, on June 11th, with the release of iOS 6 and the next iPhone to arrive in the Autumn. Just a few weeks before the release of the 6th gen iPhone and iOS 6 in the Autumn I expect another event to demo the new iPhones, and along with new iPods and hopefully new wireless accessories.


I also expect a demo of Mountain Lion. (So glad they aren't doing the two demos of OS X before the release anymore. That was tedious and almost completely a repeat.)

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That's reasonable because there is no replacement for that or better 3rd-party options. I'm expecting we'll be seeing some new iCloud features come to light with iOS 6 and later ML betas.

 

re: galleries. it's already been added with the release of iPhoto for iOS -- Journals. 

 

now we just need the Mac OS version to be able to edit them

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I would be delighted if they weren't killing off Gallery.

Have you used journals in the iPad version of iPhoto?  It seems to work kinda like gallery if you have iCloud activated.  iPhoto on the mac doesn't seem to have journals yet, though.  

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re: galleries. it's already been added with the release of iPhoto for iOS -- Journals. 

 

now we just need the Mac OS version to be able to edit them

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All of Apple's web storage offerings to date -- iCloud included -- have been surprisingly mediocre and disappointing for a company that outshines with such great software. They have all seemed like half-baked, less-than-fully-developed offerings, at best.

At this point, I am convinced that this is one arena that Apple just needs to let go. It has to either find a solid partner to whom it can outsource, or acquire something major for further development. I don't think Apple is capable of ceeating an organically developed world-class offering in this realm.
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Um... why in the world would anybody not be able to live without iDisk? It was a TERRIBLE technology that NEVER worked properly and was SLOW as molasses. People who need that sort of technology have all adopted Dropbox, an OUTSTANDING service from an EXCELLENT & trustworthy company that truly UNDERSTANDS what cloud storage is all about. Apple has YET to prove that they understand ANYTHING about the cloud, after their botched disasters known as iTools, mac.com, and MobileMe. iDisk worked for us maybe 1% of the time. Dropbox works for us 100% of the time, and shows that they have a much sharper set of software engineers than Apple. 


Dropboxes interface is unacceptable.
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I have a couple of issues with Apple on iCloud.  First has been beaten to death, but it is really a shame they don't support their own OS as well as they support Windows.  i.e. Windows Vista is supported but not Snow Leopard.  Vista was released before Snow Leopard.   Not everyone who has Snow Leopard can upgrade to Lion.  Maybe not every function should be supported, but at minimum calendar, bookmarks, and contacts should be able to sync.

 

2nd is more complicated, but I own multiple iOS/Macs but still my iCloud account is limited to 5gb without paying for more.   Users should get an additional storage for each device they own and register on their same iCloud account.

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I've done nothing to keep iDisk because it's horrible and outdated in every way, hence my disdain with people that want this antiquated technology to stick around.
All apps have access to the iCloud APIs. Meaning, I see no reason why one can't make Mac and iOS apps that will store any and all hierarchal files and folders, just like iDisk. It could reside as a folder and Menu Bar item just like Dropbox but use Apple's servers for storage. Apple would be very happy to get people to pay for additional data storage.
Even better is using a service that doesn't make you restart the entire UL/DL if you lose your connection right before you finish transporting a large file. It's sad that installing a 3rd-party app adds so much usability and adds to the user experience so much that a built-in, native option is unusable by those that care about speed, security, reliability and redundancy.
That's reasonable because there is no replacement for that or better 3rd-party options. I'm expecting we'll be seeing some new iCloud features come to light with iOS 6 and later ML betas.

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All of Apple's web storage offerings to date -- iCloud included -- have been surprisingly mediocre and disappointing for a company that outshines with such great software. They have all seemed like half-baked, less-than-fully-developed offerings, at best.
At this point, I am convinced that this is one arena that Apple just needs to let go. It has to either find a solid partner to whom it can outsource, or acquire something major for further development. I don't think Apple is capable of ceeating an organically developed world-class offering in this realm.

I have a been a user since the free iTools days and was more than happy to pay the small $50*-99 per year for .Mac and then MobileMe with all their faults because they offered so many useful features that no other service to this day has been able to compete with*. iCloud is a major step in the right direction and does a lot of things better than the competition.

Unfortunately they have no gotten the bugs worked out of any of their 4 branding attempts, which is somewhat pathetic, considering that a startup like Dropbox could come along and take very simple ideas and technologies Apple had full access to and put them together without any of the growing pains Apple has experienced. Apple had every piece of the puzzle that Dropbox had except Apple had a lot more money at their disposal.

I don't see Dropbox becoming a powerful business but it's this sort of thing that has been the downfall of many great companies. I'm glad Apple made it free as it will strengthen their ecosystem but there is a laundry list of little things they need to iron out to make it great. What annoys me is that they have everything they need to do it, including a major template from Dropbox on how to make the backend function. I can't imagine Apple are ignorant so the only answer is they simply don't care enough to make it work. I hope I'm wrong.


PS: We know Apple is one of the most successful internet services company in the world as proofed by iTunes Store so why can't they make iCloud the same success?


* Buying it from a 3rd-party could easily get you 30-40% off the retail price. Even more if you bought the old .Mac boxes which had a version number on them yet the contents contained a code that worked not only with all .Mac but with MobileMe, too.

** Yes I'm sure some of you will argue that you can get most of them for free from many different companies but to claim that it's just as simple and easy to setup VNC and write scripts for backing up and syncing your settings is not my idea of convenience. A couple dollars a month is well worth the savings in configuration and troubleshooting on that front.

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Hey Solips, I'm curious as to why you picked Skydrive over Dropbox?

I was a heavy iDisk user up until Apple decided to EOL it. I share your criticisms of it. Dropbox is so much more useable for me.

So why Skydrive?
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Hey Solips, I'm curious as to why you picked Skydrive over Dropbox?
I was a heavy iDisk user up until Apple decided to EOL it. I share your criticisms of it. Dropbox is so much more useable for me.
So why Skydrive?

I use Dropbox. That was jragosta (post #4) that stated he choose SkyDrive.

I've tried all the ones I mentioned in a later post, and they all have their pros and cons, but I prefer Dropbox for reasons that come to do the user experience. Plus so many people I know use it and I have 9.5 GB of free space from signing people up for the service.

SugarSync offer the most features and versatility for users that want to micro-manage, as well as giving you a lot more free space than Dropbox (5GB v 2GB), but the user experience suffers greatly. I'd say Dropbox is to iOS as SugarSync is to Android but that's an insult to SugarSync.

SkyDrive gives you even more space with 7GB free and has nearly all the features that SugarSync does and a pretty good user experience to boot, including their Mac app. If you don't go with Dropbox then I say go with SkyDrive.


edit: Wow Found a great review of 13 different services (didn't know half of these existed) from The Verge from less than 2 weeks ago.

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I went back to Dropbox when they launched iCloud. For the simple reason that Apple does not have a file level cloud service. And, setting up sharing of folders/files in Finder across multiple Macs and user logins is (I find) a mess. I can't get it to work sometimes.

Dropbox is wonderful. I want file level visibility. I love their iOS apps and how I can access anything, at any time, and easily share. I think Jobs underestimated them and what that are trying to accomplish.

For iCloud, I hope In particular they bring better cloud storage and management for photos. I find trying to manage photos across iPhoto on OSX, iPad and iPhone a cluster-f***. For example, there is no way in iOS to see all my Albums and Events without hard syncing through iTunes. All photos on iPhone have to be manually synced back to OSX. There is no way to make changes to an Event or Album on iOS and have it automatically update across all devices

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Free storage? Great. How about dealing with the fundamentals first, such as the unreliable mail server. 

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I think iCloud's app centric approach, where you never even see your cloud filesystem, will ultimately win out in the end. For most people, the concept of an overall filesystem is just something that is not needed to get your job done. They want the file->open dialog on their apps to only show the documents for that app. They don't want to be shown a hierarchy of all their files every time, and then have to drill down and find things. This is Apple's ultimate answer to "Fix the Finder."

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iDisk has been working great for me. Being able to host my website has been an added benefit. 

 

Currently using DropBox which is ok - but I'd rather have iCloud serve all my needs. Unfortunately, it is currently lacking....

 

I will also miss Gallery. Being able to view my uploaded pictures/videos in any browser is very nice.

 

Hoping iCloud gets more functionality over time. Maybe we'll get some updates during WWDC 2012....

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Here is my take. Apple consistently fails to understand, people DO want a file-level interface for iCloud, similar to the one, provided with iDisk as well as competition. Having the file access only via the apple apps like iWork (and this only on iOS, not even MacOS) or via the web interface is simply not enough. I was happy to pay Apple for MobileMe as I got all this functionality and not because of the data storage limit granted. If this won't change and Apple shuts the iDisk down I will be using iCloud for everything but file storage as a free service and will be FORCED to switch over to DropBox and pay the for the additional storage I do need. Offering free 20 GB of storage with iCloud can not change anything at all...

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The major conceptual gap between iCloud and MobileMe is sharing.  Specifically, MobileMe (and iWork.com) had some decent sharing capabilities whereas iCloud has nothing.  The iCloud philosophy seems to be that it's "all about me."

 

That doesn't cut it for me. I need to share some of my stuff with various other people and iCloud ignores that need.  

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I think iCloud's app centric approach, where you never even see your cloud filesystem, will ultimately win out in the end. For most people, the concept of an overall filesystem is just something that is not needed to get your job done. They want the file->open dialog on their apps to only show the documents for that app. They don't want to be shown a hierarchy of all their files every time, and then have to drill down and find things. This is Apple's ultimate answer to "Fix the Finder."

That may be true for lots of people but I'm not sure it's the majority. I have many thousands of files in my iDisk folder. Finding the file I want out of thousands of files would be a nightmare - plus naming could get to be a problem. For someone with limited needs, iCloud's approach is probably fine. It's probably OK for what is largely a media centric device like an iPad (although even there, I prefer using something like LogMeIn which gives me access to my hierarchical files. But as a Finder replacement? I just don't see it.
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Hey Solips, I'm curious as to why you picked Skydrive over Dropbox?
I was a heavy iDisk user up until Apple decided to EOL it. I share your criticisms of it. Dropbox is so much more useable for me.
So why Skydrive?

Size. I needed more than the 2 GB that I got for Dropbox.

Unfortunately, though, it looks like Skydrive isn't going to work, either. First, I had to change a bunch of file names because it has the file name limitations of Windows (too many forbidden characters). And it doesn't offer me as much space as I need, either.

Adrive provides plenty of storage, but doesn't work properly on Macs. It keeps telling me that I don't have Java installed and I know I do.

Looks like I'll be paying for more storage on Dropbox - unless something better comes along.
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I would be delighted if they weren't killing off Gallery.

100% agree.

 

I just do not understand why they cannot simply include Gallery in iCloud.  Heck Apple are even going to have to update (downgrade) Aperture and iPhoto to remove the feature which seems a totally regressive.

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