iCloud goes live for general public

It appears as though Apple has just opened up the doors to their iCloud service for the first time, dropping the beta tag and allowing access to the general public. To actually use the service you will need either iOS 5, or the yet-to-be-released version of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion to set up the account, both of which currently are not available to the general public; however due to the recent opening of the iCloud web front it can only be a matter of time before either or both of these iCloud companions are released.

Also released earlier today was iTunes 10.5, which allows you to store all of your purchased music and TV shows in Apple’s iCloud, enabling you to easily download it to your other devices anywhere at no extra cost. It was also previously rumoured that the iCloud-supporting iOS 5 will be released today alongside the cloud storage service, and possibly a new version of OS X Lion. iCloud support will be coming to Windows PCs at a later date.

For those that aren’t aware, iCloud is Apple’s new service (unveiled at WWDC 2011) that allows you to store data, such as music, videos, books, application data and backups, from your Mac and iOS devices in Apple’s cloud. From there you can easily download it to other devices for easy access; up to 10 devices connected to the service are supported for free, along with 5 GB of storage space (excluding music). If 5 GB isn’t enough, you can upgrade that by adding 10 GB for $20 per year, 20 GB for $40 per year or 50 GB for $100 per year.

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I'm going to use a new iCloud account and keep my MobileMe account separated. I'm hoping that they give iCloud an iDisk before they completely discontinue MobileMe...

Shadrack said,
I'm going to use a new iCloud account and keep my MobileMe account separated. I'm hoping that they give iCloud an iDisk before they completely discontinue MobileMe...

I surely hope not.
Applications will be much better running stars if they can save to iCloud seamlessly without two real save locations on your GUI front-end.

GS:mac

Everyone should probably sit tight and wait for it everything to be officially released. Yes, the iCloud portal is technically out of beta, but that doesn't mean the whole service has been released yet.

By the way - what's the deal with more than one Apple ID and iTunes in the Cloud (for anyone using iCloud already...)

I read an article a few weeks back saying this was a nightmare for Apple, as iTunes in the Cloud only allows for one Apple ID per 90 days to be registered...

I think I have two... my MobileMe account and a regular GMail account... and as far as I know there's no "consolidation" of the two allowed...

Medking said,
By the way - what's the deal with more than one Apple ID and iTunes in the Cloud (for anyone using iCloud already...)

I read an article a few weeks back saying this was a nightmare for Apple, as iTunes in the Cloud only allows for one Apple ID per 90 days to be registered...

I think I have two... my MobileMe account and a regular GMail account... and as far as I know there's no "consolidation" of the two allowed...

As far as I know, you can continue using an Apple store account that is separate from you iCloud account. At least on iOS devices there are two locations to enter a login, Store settings and iCloud settings. If you use your GMail account for your store account if you want to you can also make it an iCloud account. The password and login will continue to be the same, but you will be prompted to come up with an @me.com address if you want to use the mail functionality at all. Even after making the @me.com address, your login will still be the @gmail.com one....

has anybody been able to make icloud email work with 3rd party accounts? for example, can i check my gmail emails on icloud?

Voice of Buddy Christ said,
Dropbox can do 50GB for $99/year too.

iCloud is less about raw capacity.
If you need raw capacity, you're right that you need to look elsewhere.

GS:mac

maeby said,

its coming out in a few hours, relax

I know. I'd have to wait until couple of weeks as well until the jailbreak is released.

Enron said,
@me.com? So self centered. They should have an upgraded version for $99 more, you get @smug.com.

How is it smug? it is MY email, looks much better than having some crappy brand after the @, and it's nice and short.

Interestingly my MobileMe account has just stopped syncing with the server... don't know if the two events are related but my MobileMe Mail is pretty adamantly not downloading mails.

I did try earlier to switch across, only to get an error message saying my account wasn't given the access to iCloud yet.

ok so now i have a problem. using my old apple ID it says i have to log in with an email address on iCloud, and takes me to the Apple ID management page. I log in and it says:
Make your Apple ID and primary email address one and the same.

Your Apple ID will be easier to remember, and your account will be easier to access and manage.

Change your Apple ID and primary email address to:

However this means changing it to my @me.com address, which it wont let me do... So now, I'm stuck and have no idea what to do? Any ideas?
Why wont they just let me merge the two acccounts?!

You can get to the site and log on, however, there is no option anywhere to create an ID if you don't have one, so it's not fully open to the public. The setup page above as stated isn't available yet, and there is no link to setup an account on the main page.

How stupid? When I try to sign in to iCloud.com it says I need to move my ME.com account over and redirects me to me.com - I don't have a me.com account?! I used to but that lapsed ages ago.. What do I do now?

MichaelEaton said,
How stupid? When I try to sign in to iCloud.com it says I need to move my ME.com account over and redirects me to me.com - I don't have a me.com account?! I used to but that lapsed ages ago.. What do I do now?

Even if you had a @me.com account, the transition page states that it is not available yet for public, only developers and logs you in back at me.com.

martyras said,

Even if you had a @me.com account, the transition page states that it is not available yet for public, only developers and logs you in back at me.com.

That was up until yesterday. You'll no longer get the developer agreement.

Genocide121 said,
Hi can anybody help me...

How Can i get a @me.com Id..

Any solution plz

i wouldn't get too excited over the @me.com emails, i've been paying for MobileMe and while it was great for syncing stuff, the email is pretty poor and i found myself frustrated with it more than anything.. it's slow, if you leave it for a while it has a timeout and you need to refresh page before u can send email, the list goes on, i hope they have improved it.

Uplift said,

i wouldn't get too excited over the @me.com emails, i've been paying for MobileMe and while it was great for syncing stuff, the email is pretty poor and i found myself frustrated with it more than anything.. it's slow, if you leave it for a while it has a timeout and you need to refresh page before u can send email, the list goes on, i hope they have improved it.

Agree, the only difference seems to be the design. I keep forwarding my @me.com email to gmail. Would be great if they fix these things.

Uplift said,

i wouldn't get too excited over the @me.com emails, i've been paying for MobileMe and while it was great for syncing stuff, the email is pretty poor and i found myself frustrated with it more than anything.. it's slow, if you leave it for a while it has a timeout and you need to refresh page before u can send email, the list goes on, i hope they have improved it.

The last update to the MobileMe mail page I thought was snappy and overall fantastic.

I was hoping iOS 5 would be coming out at midnight PDT but it didn't. I guess they are waiting on the usual time of 10am(PDT), 1pm(EDT), or 6pm(UTC)...