[quote]Apple must do what they can to push the platform forward. I know that stuff like this my Mother eats up without blinking an eye and I consider her to be an avg user.<hr></blockquote>
I think everyone understands that Apple providing e-mail and iDisk space wasn't free for them. No one thought it was free for them.
Here's the problem:
Apple offered a free service to those who bought their expensive computers. Users came to depend on this service and Apple is going to take it away entirely unless the users pay $100 a year.
No option to pay less to keep only the mac.com POP e-mail.
No option to pay less to keep the 10MB iDisk.
One option, $100 or nothing.
$8.30/mth for what?
A POP e-mail account.
Anti-virus software. (Crappy anti-virus software at that)
A backup application. (Yet-to-be-seen, guaranteed to be not worth $50 as quoted on their site)
100MB online storage.
Now, standing alone that might be fine. If Apple hadn't had iTools before this and came out and said, "All right, completely new thing. Internet services, $100/yr, here you go."
But that's not what happened. Apple offered the only attractive parts (iDisk, e-mail & hosting) for free to get people used to using them and is now going to take them away unless we pay too much for stuff that we don't want.
I'll pay $15/year for a mac.com POP e-mail address with 10MB storage. But damned if I pay $100/year for some crappy anti-virus and backup software to keep the e-mail address that Apple GAVE ME a year and a half ago. Hotmail charges for POP access, yeah, but you can check it on their webpage still for free. Not so with Apple, they are just taking it away completely unless you pay.
They knew this was coming, it's not like they just now realized that this costs money.