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Apple on Friday sent out emails to former MobileMe members, informing them that their previous subscription-based allotment of storage will continue until September 30, 2013.

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The company also created a support page describing the reasoning behind the extension, and explaining how much storage each former MobileMe subscriber will be allotted.

From Apple's Support Pages document:

As a thank you to our former MobileMe members who moved to iCloud, we have extended the complimentary storage upgrade they received until September 30, 2013. This extension applies to accounts moved to iCloud between October 12th, 2011 and August 1st, 2012.


The extension will reflect whatever storage tier former MobileMe members subscribed to before switching to iCloud, meaning that for the next year users will be given a complimentary 10GB, 20GB or 50GB of storage on top of the 5GB of free space offered with iCloud. Apple notes that any iCloud upgrades purchased going forward will replace the complimentary storage plan, meaning the cancellation of said upgrade will bump users back down to the standard 5GB of free storage, not the amount reflected in the complimentary extension.

Initially offered to paying MobileMe customers during the transition to iCloud, the initial extension was meant to allow subscribers of the erstwhile service enough time to transfer documents off the cloud, as well as to acclimate those users to the smaller storage limit. Currently, iCloud offers users 5GB of free space to sync device data, music and other files to Apple's servers.

Apple originally scheduled the extended MobileMe storage offer to end on Sept. 30, 2012, though when that day arrived last week, what was thought to be a glitch in the system allotted 25GB of free storage to both iCloud and MobileMe members until the year 2050.
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I liked the 2050 end date better.
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Yep, mine was suppose to expire on the 30th, it says 2013 for me now.
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It's really the least they could do, considering how for years they overcharged .Mac and MobileMe users (such as myself, I admit sheepishly.)
I initially subscribed my Mom (mostly for the extra customer support) and myself (so I could know what resources she could access.) Whenever it came time to renew, there always seemed to be some new feature on the horizon. But they mostly over promised and under delivered. I suppose we were the lab rats for the development of iCloud.

Anyway, I appreciate the extra free storage.
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Just make it 5GB PER iOS DEVICE and NOT per Apple ID.
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Good. 

 

I think we're due for a little bone thrown our way.  ;)

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I got this email, but the only reason I needed that much storage was because I was storing a lot of documents on iDisk.

Guess I will have to start taking a lot of photos or something.

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I got this email, but the only reason I needed that much storage was because I was storing a lot of documents on iDisk.

Guess I will have to start taking a lot of photos or something.

I'm with you.  

 

I appreciated getting the email this evening, but I don't really know what I'll do with the space.  I do most of my backups locally.

 

I miss the Mobileme gallery.  I wish they'd bring it back

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And this after I emptied everything out to meet the measly 5gb cap by the 30th. I wish they sent me this comp beforehand. Either way, thanks Apple.
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I got this email, but the only reason I needed that much storage was because I was storing a lot of documents on iDisk.

Guess I will have to start taking a lot of photos or something.

Good one. I have zero documents stored on iCloud but thanks for the extension of my increased quota. I too used iDisk often. I have Dropbox but I never use it. I built my own cloud service. It doesn't sync but I can use it for any type of file and I can share with anyone even guests who can only see what they have permission to. My app also has drag and drop upload, shows previews of common file types, provides obfuscated web links and auto email notifications of file receipts. iCloud may also do some of those things too, but I wouldn't know because I have never used it since it doesn't allow me to store the most common files types that an engineer and scientific publisher needs which was the sole purpose for my iDisk account in the first place. /rant

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As a former MobileMe member, I didn't get an e-mail.  Guess iCloud is down for me!

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Question:

 

I've been a MobileMe user since around 2006. I'm now an iCloud user of course. 

 

Before iCloud, I got all my mail at my @me or @mac address. Both were the same. Now that I have iCloud, I still get my mail at the @me (or the @mac) address. Do I also have a @iCloud address now? Will I be getting one?

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As a former MobileMe member, I didn't get an e-mail.  Guess iCloud is down for me!

 

 

I got one. Doesn't everyone get one?

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As a former MobileMe member, I didn't get an e-mail.  Guess iCloud is down for me!

Did you move the account over to iCloud.

I switched up my user name when I went to iCloud so my old main MobileMe went mail service only with iCloud and I didn't get this upgrade. I just assumed because its not my primary account the extension didn't apply. And I'm okay with that

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Question:

 

I've been a MobileMe user since around 2006. I'm now an iCloud user of course. 

 

Before iCloud, I got all my mail at my @me or @mac address. Both were the same. Now that I have iCloud, I still get my mail at the @me (or the @mac) address. Do I also have a @iCloud address now? Will I be getting one?

 

That's been confusing me. The help information says:

 

 

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If you used an existing Apple ID to set up your iCloud account, you still need to set up an @icloud.com email address to use iCloud Mail.

 

but I never did set one up, and I use iCloud Mail just fine with my me.com Apple ID and my old me.com email address and aliases.

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but I never did set one up, and I use iCloud Mail just fine with my me.com Apple ID and my old me.com email address and aliases.

Me either but I discovered when I set up my new iPhone 5 it automatically registered myemailaddress@icloud.com which immediately failed when I tried to send an email. I went into the settings and changed it to myemailaddress@me.com and it worked again.

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This is a nice surprise though i oddly don't seem to use that much iCloud data despite backing up to iCloud. Only about 2.3GB for 3 iDevices.

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I got an email. Nice. Thanks, Apple.

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I'm with you.  

 

I appreciated getting the email this evening, but I don't really know what I'll do with the space.  I do most of my backups locally.

 

I miss the Mobileme gallery.  I wish they'd bring it back

 

Photo Stream - so simple, everyone can't use it.(TM)

 

Sadly instead of fixing MobileMe, they took the turn into the left field that is iCloud. Want to share files or be able to manage them? Go get Dropbox. Want to actually share pictures? Do it somewhere else as well (haven't found that somewhere else myself yet.)

 

Is there actually someone who wants to sync all photos across their devices? Or as the alternative - none? WTH? How about a 'publish' option that you can apply to pictures if you actually want them in the photo stream? Would that actually have been complicated??? For that matter, why didn't they just hook into the MobileMe galleries and let ALL iOS/OSX devices create folders, push pics, manage, etc.? Now that I could have used.

 

Sorry, I'm loving my iPhone 5, but I still can't believe how much iCloud screwed the pooch. It doesn't work for a family, doesn't work for sharing between friends, oh, and it really doesn't work for me as an individual either.

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Photo Stream - so simple, everyone can't use it.(TM)

 

Sadly instead of fixing MobileMe, they took the turn into the left field that is iCloud. Want to share files or be able to manage them? Go get Dropbox. Want to actually share pictures? Do it somewhere else as well (haven't found that somewhere else myself yet.)

 

Is there actually someone who wants to sync all photos across their devices? Or as the alternative - none? WTH? How about a 'publish' option that you can apply to pictures if you actually want them in the photo stream? Would that actually have been complicated??? For that matter, why didn't they just hook into the MobileMe galleries and let ALL iOS/OSX devices create folders, push pics, manage, etc.? Now that I could have used.

 

Sorry, I'm loving my iPhone 5, but I still can't believe how much iCloud screwed the pooch. It doesn't work for a family, doesn't work for sharing between friends, oh, and it really doesn't work for me as an individual either.

 

I don't think you understand how Photo Stream and Photo Stream Sharing work. They are completely different services doing completely different things. I use them both and they work great. I use Photo Stream as a backup and to sync my photos to iPhoto. I also have more than six Photo Stream Sharing Albums to share the photos I want with specific people. I only with Apple adds photo stream sharing using a web browser by logging into icloud.com.

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 I also have more than six Photo Stream Sharing Albums to share the photos I want with specific people. I only with Apple adds photo stream sharing using a web browser by logging into icloud.com.

I really don't understand the service at all. When I log into iCloud on the web page the only reference to Photo Stream is under Advanced where it has only one option to Reset Photo Stream which apparently just deletes all your photos on all you devices which doesn't sound like something I would want to do.

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As a former MobileMe member, I didn't get an e-mail.  Guess iCloud is down for me!

 

 

I got one. Doesn't everyone get one?

All four of my aliases from MobileMe now have ".me", ".mac", and ".icloud" versions...strangely, the only one that doesn't is the main account name.

There are probably better ways to check, but an easy way is to initiate an email, and open the "from" to see your valid addresses

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Bye bye iDisk... You were great while you lasted.
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I absolutely hate that they offer so many domain names for the same email account. I think it's ultimately confusing, even if you don't include any of the wonkiness they are doing with the icloud.com domain.

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I really don't understand the service at all. When I log into iCloud on the web page the only reference to Photo Stream is under Advanced where it has only one option to Reset Photo Stream which apparently just deletes all your photos on all you devices which doesn't sound like something I would want to do.

 

Photo Stream is not intended for long term photo storage/backup. It is just service to let you sync your photos between your iOS devices and Macs. You can disable it within your iPhone or iPad in iCloud setting if you wanted to. The reset button will only delete the photos stored on Apple servers and it will not touch the photos in your iPhone/iPad camera roll or the ones in your iPhoto.

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I really don't understand the service at all. When I log into iCloud on the web page the only reference to Photo Stream is under Advanced where it has only one option to Reset Photo Stream which apparently just deletes all your photos on all you devices which doesn't sound like something I would want to do.

 

Photo Stream is not intended for long term photo storage/backup. It is just service to let you sync your photos between your iOS devices and Macs. You can disable it within your iPhone or iPad in iCloud setting if you wanted to. The reset button will only delete the photos stored on Apple servers and it will not touch the photos in your iPhone/iPad camera roll or the ones in your iPhoto.

Ok good to know. I see my photo stream is on in my iPhone what does that mean? I took a picture now what?

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Ok good to know. I see my photo stream is on in my iPhone what does that mean? I took a picture now what?

You should see "Photo Stream" under "Web" on the side bar in iPhoto. If your iPhone is connected to any WiFi network then it will push the photo you are taking/took to all your devices using iCloud. In iPhoto you can drag them to from "Photo Stream" to your "Photos" under Library.

 

You should be using the same Apple ID on your Mac and iPhone.

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You should see "Photo Stream" under "Web" on the side bar in iPhoto. If your iPhone is connected to any WiFi network then it will push the photo you are taking/took to all your devices using iCloud. In iPhoto you can drag them to from "Photo Stream" to your "Photos" under Library.

You should be using the same Apple ID on your Mac and iPhone.
I find iCloud very 'messy' and the admin of the services confusing. I am not sure which id's do what. I have no idea why I can't get iMessage on my computer, for instance. The admin part should cover all aspects and be identical and available on all devices as well as on iCloud. I'd like to get an overview of what is going on. I understand that this is hard to design but I don't know anyone who really 'gets it'
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I find iCloud very 'messy' and the admin of the services confusing. I am not sure which id's do what. I have no idea why I can't get iMessage on my computer, for instance. The admin part should cover all aspects and be identical and available on all devices as well as on iCloud. I'd like to get an overview of what is going on. I understand that this is hard to design but I don't know anyone who really 'gets it'

If you have iOS6 and Mountain Lion then you do get your iMessages on your computer.  In fact, I get them on my mini before my phone.

 

I miss Gallery and iDisk.  Especially iDisk.

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Shame I'm only using about 670mb (and I think thats just my email alone) since they got rid of the ability to upload any file you wanted to iDisk. I really liked that aspect of MobileMe - I abused it for work.

Without iDisk I actually went and bought a cheap Core i3 Acer desktop computer and put Windows Home Server 2011 on it. Its now my web server, file server, media streamer, VPN server and network backup drive. Who needs time machine when you have an SMB share and RSync?

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Shame I'm only using about 670mb (and I think thats just my email alone) since they got rid of the ability to upload any file you wanted to iDisk. I really liked that aspect of MobileMe - I abused it for work.
Without iDisk I actually went and bought a cheap Core i3 Acer desktop computer and put Windows Home Server 2011 on it. Its now my web server, file server, media streamer, VPN server and network backup drive. Who needs time machine when you have an SMB share and RSync?

I don't understand why you'd buy an entire machine to replicate something as shoddy as iDisk. Dropbox, SugarSync, etc. are all not only simple methods for uploading files they are modern implementations that trounce iDisk in every way.

I understand missing an iDisk-like service for iCloud but to actually miss iDisk makes no sense to me. It was archaic and insecure in every way possible. I really wanted them to buy Dropbox but there is nothing they haven't been using with Time Machine sparse bundles and delta updates they already didn't have knowledge of before Dropbox existed.

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I don't understand why you'd buy an entire machine to replicate something as shoddy as iDisk. Dropbox, SugarSync, etc. are all not only simple methods for uploading files they are modern implementations that trounce iDisk in every way.
I understand missing an iDisk-like service for iCloud but to actually miss iDisk makes no sense to me. It was archaic and insecure in every way possible. I really wanted them to buy Dropbox but there is nothing they haven't been using with Time Machine sparse bundles and delta updates they already didn't have knowledge of before Dropbox existed.

True. At home backup is dated. It took one minor house fire in 2006 for me to see the advantage of cloud storage (or before there was 'cloud' for iTunes- off site storage). If any of your backups are local and not entirely fire/theft proof, you are wasting your time.

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It's really the least they could do, considering how for years they overcharged .Mac and MobileMe users (such as myself, I admit sheepishly.).

Speak for yourself. I never felt overcharged for .Mac. iDisk alone was worth the money to me.
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I'm with you.  

I appreciated getting the email this evening, but I don't really know what I'll do with the space.  I do most of my backups locally.

I miss the Mobileme gallery.  I wish they'd bring it back

I agree. I don't use iCloud at all. I really liked iDisk and I'm not happy with any of the alternatives.
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True. At home backup is dated. It took one minor house fire in 2006 for me to see the advantage of cloud storage (or before there was 'cloud' for iTunes- off site storage). If any of your backups are local and not entirely fire/theft proof, you are wasting your time.

Well, I actually prefer 'both'. I have all my files backed up locally (both a Time Machine backup and periodically, I clone the disk to an external drive) but also use SkyDrive. The local backup is more convenient for normal usage and I only envision needing the cloud backup in an emergency.
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I only use the email service and dearly miss Photo Gallery.

Like many, I have been a Apple services customer through several names and broken promises. Because the current offering slows and disrupts my computer operation chose not to use the storage currently offered.

In this age of broken privacy promises who would purposely expose their private information with a company whose services include narcissistic ME services?
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In this age of broken privacy promises who would purposely expose their private information with a company whose services include narcissistic ME services?

 

Because Apple doesn't?

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Because Apple doesn't?

Exactly.  I may miss iDisk but I am not running to Gdrive or some other service either.  I mainly missed the OS integration but I am sure Apple's new web paradigm (app centric rather than general depository) will catch up.

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Exactly.  I may miss iDisk but I am not running to Gdrive or some other service either.  I mainly missed the OS integration but I am sure Apple's new web paradigm (app centric rather than general depository) will catch up.

I'm not familiar with Gdrive but modern solutions like Dropbox and SugarSync offer integrated solutions. Except for not using necesssarly requiring the same username and password for your login* it's a lot more integrated and automatic and intelligent than iDisk ever was.

I save all my important files to Dropbox because I know it will sync with it can. I know that if close my machine down before it finishes the sync it won't have to restart the whole thing or get confused and remove it. I know it will only update changes I've made so it'll use less resources. I know that I have 30 days** to go back and revert to any older saved file in case I made a mistake, which includes deletion of a file. I know if I have one user in one folder and one user in another folder and I put the same file in both folders that it will not copy it from my local disk twice but intelligently know that file is already on its servers, and instantly place it in both folders, which is especially useful for large videos. I know it uses 256-AES encryption.

None of the things I've described above make iDisk a better, faster or safer solution for user's personal and private data.



* Note, you can use your iCloud email for the username and make the password the same but I only suggest the former.

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Solipsism:  I don't miss iDisk for solely sync services.  I liked being able to share files and dump stuff there without it being on my computer.  I am pretty sure you can do that with google and microsoft but it's not built in like FB and Twitter (which I don't use).

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I appreciate the "free storage" extension on iCloud.  But I must point out that I do not really like the limited functionality of iCloud.  I liked iDisk, Mobile ME, and iWeb.  I want to be able to put my files where I want them and share them with a limited audience or the public as I wish.

 

Thank you Apple for iCloud, but bring back the functionality of iDisk & Mobile Me and especially continue iWeb. I know iWeb is not the greatest thing since sliced bread, but if you had opened it up a little more where users were not so restricted in what they published, it would have flourished.

 

While I am at it, when I go to the Apple Store, I go for the experience.  I want to speak with people who understand w what I want, not what they want me to have.  I know you have retracted laying off some of the sales people at some stores, but I want to warn you that if you let your new VP make the Apple Stores into a Best Buy or other big box type of store, I will stop going.  I really don't like Best Buy at all.  I have never been into this type of store that the salespeople did not attempt to switch me to a windows product or show me something else.  Most of them don't know much and it shows.

 

It is time to kick it up a notch in all areas because the competition is trying to each the Big Dog's lunch.

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Solipsism:  I don't miss iDisk for solely sync services.  I liked being able to share files and dump stuff there without it being on my computer.  I am pretty sure you can do that with google and microsoft but it's not built in like FB and Twitter (which I don't use).

That's how I use Dropbox from time to time. I'll create a folder, share it with one or more people, put stuff in their and then trash the folder on my system. You can also use their web interace to upload to a folder not on your system but I much prefer using Fknder over a web interface when possible.

As I recall, iDisk had a single password for sharing for everyone. With modern option you have multiple solutions, many of which are you alllowing any number of people to join any number of your folders which you can easily manage.

I want Apple to give us back iDisk but only if it a modern version and not that insecure, 1990s-esque solution they had for us up through MobileMe.

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