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  • Apple Notifies Former MobileMe Customers of Upcoming iCloud Storage Downgrade


    Back when iCloud replaced MobileMe in 2011, Apple gave paying MobileMe customers an additional 20 GB of iCloud storage as a thank you for their purchase. The storage was to be discontinued in September of 2012 but Apple ended up giving users another year of free storage. Now however, the complimentary iCloud storage plan will be expiring at the end of next month on September 30th.

    For customers who use more than 5 GB of storage they will be required to purchase an additional 10 GB of storage for $20/year, 20 GB for $40/year, or 50 GB for $100/year. If the customers don’t pay, a number of iCloud features including iCloud Backup, Documents in the Cloud, and iCloud Mail will stop working on the 30th until the issue is resolved.

    Source: Apple
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Notifies Former MobileMe Customers of Upcoming iCloud Storage Downgrade started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. billbraskey's Avatar
      billbraskey -
      Seems like a slap in the face to former MobileMe customers.
    1. Striknine's Avatar
      Striknine -
      You would think they would let former paying members keep their storage since we've grown accustomed to having it. Now we have to delete stuff. Oh well I'll probably stop using it now. 5gb is only good for device backups if you have several devices.
    1. Cmds187's Avatar
      Cmds187 -
      Quote Originally Posted by billbraskey View Post
      Seems like a slap in the face to former MobileMe customers.
      ++++
    1. Donnutt's Avatar
      Donnutt -
      My email alone is 3.9 gb... My iPhone backup is 9.6. I'm a little upset that they would be doing this. I payed $100 per year for many years back when it was .mac... I wonder why I haven't gotten a notice yet?
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      other companies don't give a **** about loyalty, why should Appl£ be different :s ;s ^o)
    1. Mahboi's Avatar
      Mahboi -
      Quote Originally Posted by billbraskey View Post
      Seems like a slap in the face to former MobileMe customers.
      Yeah, especially since iCloud and MobileMe aren't compatible with each other at all :/. Sounds like forced obsolescence to me.
    1. DaddyofTheMacDaddy's Avatar
      DaddyofTheMacDaddy -
      Quote Originally Posted by billbraskey View Post
      Seems like a slap in the face to former MobileMe customers.
      Yep, I went with BOX and got 50g free...for life.
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Donnutt View Post
      My email alone is 3.9 gb... My iPhone backup is 9.6. I'm a little upset that they would be doing this. I payed $100 per year for many years back when it was .mac... I wonder why I haven't gotten a notice yet?
      How about turning your email and camera roll backups off? Your backups shouldn't be more than 2gb after that. I've got 4 devices all backed up to the same iCloud account with only 5gb. Or just pay for iCloud storage instead of MobileMe?
    1. smith01's Avatar
      smith01 -
      Sounds like Typical Apple to me. "You paid us money in the past so keep paying us more money, that way we can sue the competition to keep you with these outdated features as we spend all our money on lawyers we cant afford any R&D for new features. Instead we'll steal some from Cydia"
    1. gallionator's Avatar
      gallionator -
      Quote Originally Posted by billbraskey View Post
      Seems like a slap in the face to former MobileMe customers.
      Yeah it really sucks to get the 2 FREE years of 20 gigs of cloud storage taken away from you! (/sarcasm) I'm glad apple was nice enough to give that away to us MobileMe subscribers, but we all knew it wouldn't last forever.
    1. StuG III's Avatar
      StuG III -
      That's a slap in the face...
    1. docmagoo2's Avatar
      docmagoo2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by DaddyofTheMacDaddy View Post
      Yep, I went with BOX and got 50g free...for life.
      Me too although think they only give 5gb free to new customers now?
    1. wiipro's Avatar
      wiipro -
      They should just keep it forever. It wouldn't kill apple... They would buy more space if they need it
    1. iH85CH001's Avatar
      iH85CH001 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Donnutt View Post
      My email alone is 3.9 gb... My iPhone backup is 9.6. I'm a little upset that they would be doing this. I payed $100 per year for many years back when it was .mac... I wonder why I haven't gotten a notice yet?
      Maybe ur lucky?

      Quote Originally Posted by smith01 View Post
      Sounds like Typical Apple to me. "You paid us money in the past so keep paying us more money, that way we can sue the competition to keep you with these outdated features as we spend all our money on lawyers we cant afford any R&D for new features. Instead we'll steal some from Cydia"
      Lol so true
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      I have to disagree with Apple on this move. All of Apple's services exist as adjuncts to their hardware. Apple continues to be a hardware, not a software, company. Apple makes most of its profits on hardware. Software and services like iTunes, iCloud, the AppStore, iWork, Final Cut, and their operating systems, OSX and iOS, exist first and foremost to promote hardware sales. The fact that Apple makes money on most of those software and services is only an added bonus. Actions like this article describes show that Apple may have forgotten this. After all, cloud storage has become quite cheap and the competition is offering for free what Apple is currently charging for. My whole family uses iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks. You could say we are, to a degree, locked into the Apple ecosystem. Despite that I've insisted they all uses platform independent, mostly free, services like gmail, Dropbox, and Evernote. Even though we may not leave Apple's "walled garden" for quite a while, we need to know our data will continue to be ours and accessible should we choose to jump ship.