MobileMe users' free iCloud storage decreases after Sunday

MobileMe was Apple’s rebranded iTools (free of charge service) and .Mac subscription service that offered online services and software to Apple users who were willing to pay for it. Following the closure of the service on June 30 this year, storage and services were transitioned to iCloud and MobileMe subscribers were given 20GB of iCloud storage free of charge until the end of September.

Well the time has come where the users, who currently get the 20GB storage for free, will have to pay for the service or functionality will cease. Users get 5GB of iCloud storage free of charge, but for users who exceed that Apple has stated:

Backups to iCloud will stop, and apps will no longer be able to save documents to iCloud.

The (now) iCloud users have been getting a decent deal, getting 20GB of storage valued at $40 a year for nothing. But under MobileMe, they would have paid $99 per year, so while getting the service for free has been a good will gesture on Apple’s part, users will still be saving $50 on the subscription for the same amount of storage (well, 15GB once you take off the 5GB provided free of charge).

When iCloud launched last year, it provided many of the services for free that MobileMe require payment, therefore making the older service unnecessary.

Source: MacWorld

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Like others have said, SkyDrive has replace mesh and it creates a locally stored sync version of your SkyDrive, if you make a change on the SkyDrive itself or your local cached version it all syncs up lovely. I have SkyDrive installed on all my machines. I would have expected 20 GB for free if I was an apple person and then some sort of sub to extend that. So this is poor form apple.... shame on you

Stup0t said,
Like others have said, SkyDrive has replace mesh and it creates a locally stored sync version of your SkyDrive, if you make a change on the SkyDrive itself or your local cached version it all syncs up lovely. I have SkyDrive installed on all my machines. I would have expected 20 GB for free if I was an apple person and then some sort of sub to extend that. So this is poor form apple.... shame on you

All apple people losers only care about money.

Money Money Money, hubba hubba hubba

At least the users knew this was coming, really it was up to them to sort out their files if they didn't want to pay

Just posted this on FB and will no doubt be inundated with iFans that know nothing about anything other than 'yeah but its selling like millions dude' as if this is a measure of anything other than brand loyalty. (I use iFans here because that is what all apple users I know are, I'm not saying all apple users are this, just the ones I know, they know nothing but swarm to the device like a fly to a zapper).

IronChef75 said,
And Microsoft recently gave existing users of Skydrive a free 20GB upgrade. Yeah, Apple is such a great deal.

As far as I know iCloud isn't a cloud drive like SkyDrive. It also serves as a sync mechanism for a lot of apps, documents and auto-backup for iDevices (including MBP and MBA), but I also think that 5GB in this era is pretty low for all that stuff.

Billa said,

As far as I know iCloud isn't a cloud drive like SkyDrive. It also serves as a sync mechanism for a lot of apps, documents and auto-backup for iDevices (including MBP and MBA), but I also think that 5GB in this era is pretty low for all that stuff.

Skydrive provides this functionality to the WP platform and Windows 8, of course when used on iOS or Mac its just cloud storage for syncing files. This is still one up though as iCloud as far as I know isn't available on any other mobile platform while skydrive is available on all mobile OS's along with desktop clients for windows and Mac.

Also WP8 will have a lot tighter skydrive sync built in for cloud backups of the entire device, at the moment it just syncs settings, files, data etc.

IronChef75 said,
And Microsoft recently gave existing users of Skydrive a free 20GB upgrade. Yeah, Apple is such a great deal.

One has a real user base.

Timan said,

One has a real user base.

Haha you talk crap - this isn't about users of the phones - its about users of the service and skydrive has plenty of users my friend. Oh and you do know that the structure (Microsofts Azure platform) is used for iCloud don't you, just checking.

duddit2 said,

Haha you talk crap - this isn't about users of the phones - its about users of the service and skydrive has plenty of users my friend. Oh and you do know that the structure (Microsofts Azure platform) is used for iCloud don't you, just checking.

I love how people keep bringing this up. In what way is it relevant that iCloud runs on Azure and Amazon? Microsoft and Amazon made a good infrastructure. Apple used it. Isn't that to both Apple's and Microsoft/Amazon's credit? Doesn't *everybody* win?

Simon said,
I love how people keep bringing this up. In what way is it relevant that iCloud runs on Azure and Amazon? Microsoft and Amazon made a good infrastructure. Apple used it. Isn't that to both Apple's and Microsoft/Amazon's credit? Doesn't *everybody* win?

Your right, I just like to bring it up in a childish way is all

Timan said,
One has a real user base.

True - Microsoft has hundreds of millions of ACTIVE users where as the iCloud user base only exists because of the iTunes store and having to register for iTunes thus automatically signed up for everything else. Quite frankly the iCloud service is basic at best whilst charing a rip off price - come back and tell me when I can use my domain name for my email address or when the uptime is equal to that of Office 365 then we can talk.