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iCloud glitch offers users 25GB of storage space until 2050

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In what appears to be an internal error with Apple's iCloud management system, a number of users are seeing their accounts credited with 25GB of storage space, with the next renewal date coming up 38 years from now.

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The apparent glitch, first spotted by TUAW, comes on the day Apple was expected to drop the amount of storage granted to former MobileMe members down to the 5GB limit currently offered to iCloud users.

In May, Apple announced it would be giving MobileMe subscribers 20GB of free iCloud storage as the company transitioned into the new service, planning to end the offer on Sept. 30. The extension aimed to give paying MobileMe users extra time to transfer files off Apple's servers and adapt to the new cloud-syncing service.

Instead of cutting off the 20GB of extra cloud space, however, it seems a glitch or coding error allowed the 25GB limit not only to remain in place, but extended the free offer for another 38 years. Also affected were iCloud users who never signed up for MobileMe, as their account profiles received a 20GB bump in storage.

It is not clear whether the changes actually grant iCloud users the quoted amount of extra storage, or if the error is merely reflected in a user's account profile, though it is expected that Apple will quickly correct the situation.
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I noticed that earlier today when I went to ponder how much storage I needed.

 

Guess I don't have to worry about it.

 

Heh.

 

 

 
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2050? That's fine.
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I never understood what I was supposed to do with all this extra storage space for a limited time anyway. Wasn't I supposed to be getting my crap OFF Apple's servers?

Giving me more, seemed to encourage me to put more stuff than I had on MobileMe to begin with ... What's up with that?
post #5 of 67
And that's what it should be. I purchased MobileMe, I paid for the yearly renewal a month before iCloud was announced. Apple gave me additional storage space to make up for it, and it should stay that way.
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And that's what it should be. I purchased MobileMe, I paid for the yearly renewal a month before iCloud was announced. Apple gave me additional storage space to make up for it, and it should stay that way.

Could you clarify your argument as to why Apple should offer you more data than everyone else for 38 years simply because you paid for a different service previously? Did they lie to you about what services or what duration the MobileMe services were? Did they not give you a year+ of additional MobileMe service for what you willingly chose to pay for?
Edited by SolipsismX - 9/30/12 at 8:09pm

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post #7 of 67
Maybe it's intentional- like a free bumper?
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2050, I'll be dead by then... But thanks Apple.

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post #9 of 67

That explains the 25 GB - I had been wondering how that happened. Anyway - presumably Apple will fix the expiration dates - there is no reason why they cannot downgrade customers to 5 GB as originally intended just because it currently shows 9/30/50 as the end date.

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Could clarify your argument as to why Apple should offer you more data than everyone else for 38 years simply because you paid for a different service previously? Did they lie to you about what services or what duration the MobileMe services were? Did they not give you a year+ of additional MobileMe service for what you willingly chose to pay for?

 

It's this pathetic self-entitlement bullshit. It's why there's always those frothing at the mouth whenever Apple changes anything, because the device they bought last decade might become incompatible with the newest shit, or when it might not support all the features of the lastest software update, or when the the price drops, or the service they signed up for gets new features, etc etc. Unreasonable, childish, whiny, entitlement based on nothing but irrational demands.

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2050 is true. Confirmed by Apple support.

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Guessing this will net us an additional 4 months. January 31, 2013

They won't make it retro, because people will cry foul, saying they would have downgraded, so they will throw us a bone. I'd say 90 days, but that is year end, and the holidays, so they will not want to have it go into effect then.
post #13 of 67

Would love free storage. 5GB seems to little to back up devices. Fingers crossed. Saying that Apple press will say "It comes with 5GB for free". Its like that lightening  to 30pin connector fiasco.

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Yep, 20GB expires on 30/09/50. Just checked mine. Long time @mac.com user here.
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Would love free storage. 5GB seems to little to back up devices. Fingers crossed. Saying that Apple press will say "It comes with 5GB for free". Its like that lightening  to 30pin connector fiasco.

Just to update. I am too a mobileme user

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And that's what it should be. I purchased MobileMe, I paid for the yearly renewal a month before iCloud was announced. Apple gave me additional storage space to make up for it, and it should stay that way.

Same here. My iCloud has *always* said 25 GB. Which is probably not warranted since I last paid for MM in 2009 (I think?) but who's complaining?

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Would love free storage. 5GB seems to little to back up devices. Fingers crossed. Saying that Apple press will say "It comes with 5GB for free". Its like that lightening  to 30pin connector fiasco.

1) How much do you use now? I have 3 iDevices backed up plus whatever my Mac uses and I am only using 2GB. I do with they'd up the amount considerably because I don't think it will make a difference in usage but could make a difference in perception, but that's a different issue.

2) What Lighting/30-pin connector fiasco?

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post #18 of 67

It's Apple's conciliatory gift in light of the iOS Maps affair.

 

 

;)

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I currently have 4 devices and a 5th coming sometime this month that backups to my iCloud. I found that my iPhone backup was taking up at lot of space with pictures. I deleted the pictures because they are stored on my mac and have ended up with about 1GB of storage space used. So I now believe that 5GB is enough space for most users.


When iPhone 5 were preordered, they suggested that a lightening to 30pin connector allowing the phone to be connected to a 30pin dock for example. This turned out to be untrue. They didn't honour it and maybe they won't honour this one as well.
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I currently have 4 devices and a 5th coming sometime this month that backups to my iCloud. I found that my iPhone backup was taking up at lot of space with pictures. I deleted the pictures because they are stored on my mac and have ended up with about 1GB of storage space used. So I now believe that 5GB is enough space for most users.
When iPhone 5 were preordered, they suggested that a lightening to 30pin connector allowing the phone to be connected to a 30pin dock for example. This turned out to be untrue. They didn't honour it and maybe they won't honour this one as well.

They said that an lightening connector will be in the box but they didn't honour it.
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Well, after proudly paying the so-called Apple Tax for overpriced gadgets, Macs, etc... for many many years, that's the least some of these I-gadget users would wish for. See, those hundred billion of cash pile at Apple,  It actually had belonged to its users at one point or another before Apple's invisible hand quietly swiped  that money away out of its users' pockets.

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It's this pathetic self-entitlement bullshit...


Edited by mcrs - 9/30/12 at 8:59pm
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I currently have 4 devices and a 5th coming sometime this month that backups to my iCloud. I found that my iPhone backup was taking up at lot of space with pictures. I deleted the pictures because they are stored on my mac and have ended up with about 1GB of storage space used. So I now believe that 5GB is enough space for most users.
When iPhone 5 were preordered, they suggested that a lightening to 30pin connector allowing the phone to be connected to a 30pin dock for example. This turned out to be untrue. They didn't honour it and maybe they won't honour this one as well.

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They said that an lightening connector will be in the box but they didn't honour it.


1) That little pencil icon is an edit button.

2) Music, Photo Stream photos, apps, and books do not count against that 5 GB limit. Only Camera Roll (photos not included in Photo Stream), mail, documents, account info, settings, and app data count against the 5 GB cap.

3) They did include a Lightning connector with your iPhone 5. You know they did because otherwise you wouldn't be able to charge it. What you are implying is that Apple promised to give you a free Lightning-to-iPod-Dock adapter with your iPhone. That is different from connector and not something that is part of the iPhone 5 as you can see from their site.
Edited by SolipsismX - 9/30/12 at 9:01pm

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When iPhone 5 were preordered, they suggested that a lightening to 30pin connector allowing the phone to be connected to a 30pin dock for example. This turned out to be untrue. They didn't honour it and maybe they won't honour this one as well.
They who? Never happened. Apple never promised anybody there would be an adapter in he box. Many thought (hoped) there would be, but it didn't happen.
post #25 of 67
I have not forgotten the change from .Mac to Mobile me, then Apple killed iWeb that screw many of us big time. iCloud, never trust it. Good luck to those got 25 Gb storage till 2050. Apple lost it's magic without Jobs.
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 iCloud, never trust it. 

 

Why not?  It's the best syncing service of its kind. Nothing else like it. It works like a charm. 

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I read the iCloud message as 'you are signed up to the 20gb plan until 2050 at a cost of $40 a year' the key part is the cost ticked next to the 20gb plan. It already has the cc info and address. I'm sure it will be clarified in the next week. It's still the 30th sept in California at the moment...
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Apple changes the expiration date then they get sued.  Then Apple settles and the person who did the programming is sent to sell refurbished iPods in china.

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post #29 of 67
25GB is already less than I can load on a damn USB memory stick, and it will probably not even store more than three-seconds of full reality holo recordings before the year 2050 arrives.

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I read the iCloud message as 'you are signed up to the 20gb plan until 2050 at a cost of $40 a year' the key part is the cost ticked next to the 20gb plan. It already has the cc info and address. I'm sure it will be clarified in the next week. It's still the 30th sept in California at the moment...

Exactly, I don't see why people think it's free. It says explicitly (even in the graphic in this article), that it's $40/year. Furthermore, you can't downgrade (and thus will be paying $40/year) until 2050.

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bit morbid, Apple, making us all consider our death.
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Well im not fussed.

 

My MobileMe sub ran out 2 days before they changed it, so they bumped my account by default, and now its showing the 25GB 2050 date as well.

 

cant look a gift horse in the mouth. :)

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And that's what it should be. I purchased MobileMe, I paid for the yearly renewal a month before iCloud was announced. Apple gave me additional storage space to make up for it, and it should stay that way.


Sorry, you bought 12 months of service in April or May 2011 which ran until June 2012.
If you switched to iCloud you got 25GB up until September 2012. You got more than you paid for already.
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Well, after proudly paying the so-called Apple Tax for overpriced gadgets, Macs, etc... for many many years, that's the least some of these I-gadget users would wish for. See, those hundred billion of cash pile at Apple,  It actually had belonged to its users at one point or another before Apple's invisible hand quietly swiped  that money away out of its users' pockets.

What an insanely stupid comment.

You're not actually silly enough to believe what you just said, are you?
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post #35 of 67

This glitch never would have happened if.....

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I've got the 2050 expiry too!

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My feeling is, if you clicked on the "mistaken offer", you should get it. After all, you don't get to negotiate the terms of contracts with Apple, do you? So if they make a mistake like this, it should be their problem...

Of course, I understand Apple Stock owners might feel differently, but in all fairness it's my opinion, and I don't quite care cause I'm not affected by this bug.

I'm quite affected by not-just-as-cool bugs, though...

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Originally Posted by mcrs View Post
Well, after proudly paying the so-called Apple Tax for overpriced gadgets…

 

The tax that doesn't exist and never has, you mean. By their very definition, they aren't overpriced.


Originally Posted by akf2000 View Post
bit morbid, Apple, making us all consider our death.

 

Speak for yourself. I expect to be on my second telomere treatment by then. 


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What an insanely stupid comment.
You're not actually silly enough to believe what you just said, are you?

 

No, he is.

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My feeling is, if you clicked on the "mistaken offer", you should get it. After all, you don't get to negotiate the terms of contracts with Apple, do you? So if they make a mistake like this, it should be their problem...
Of course, I understand Apple Stock owners might feel differently, but in all fairness it's my opinion, and I don't quite care cause I'm not affected by this bug.
I'm quite affected by not-just-as-cool bugs, though...

I'm quite surprised by your apparent negative stance against Apple in this instance.

I mean, you're normally so...unbiased and...open-minded.

;-)
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post #40 of 67
Seeing this, I went and checked my account. Yep - same as the pic in this article, and the date is 2050, however, it says that the plan is 20GB for $40 a year (greyed out, like the disclaimer about downgrading), rather than free, and will be DOWNGRADED to free when the current plan ends in 2050. I hadn't looked at it before, so I don't know if it appeared the same (cost greyed out), but if not, does this mean we're going to start seeing charges? I know some would like to think it's free, but is it really? Did I sign up to give Apple $40 a year for the next 38 years? I think not. I wouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth, but if it's a glitch and becomes a charge, I'll be changing it to the free 5GB plan. I've had .Mac and MM for a number of years now and as of today I've still got less than 3GB of stuff out there, so why give Apple (or anyone) $40 annually? Meh.
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