MobileMe Shutdown Coming at End of June

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Apple reminded MobileMe users over the weekend that the service will finally shut down for good at the end of June. When MobileMe is officially gone, it will take user’s iDisk files, iPhoto galleries and MobileMe-hosted websites with it.

MobileMe subscribers have until the end of June to make sure they have copies of the content they store through the service, and any websites hosted through MobileMe need to be transfered to other hosting services.

Apple to MobileMe users: It's time to move to iCloudApple to MobileMe users: It’s time to move to iCloud

The launch of iCloud on October 12, 2011, started the countdown to the end for MobileMe. iCloud replaces the service, although it doesn’t offer all of the features that were included with MobileMe.

iCloud kept MobileMe’s me.com and mac.com email accounts, along with calendar and contact syncing, and Find My iPhone. It added calendar sharing, Wi-Fi backup support for iOS devices, document syncing, Photo Stream for sharing pictures, and iTunes in the Cloud. Where MobileMe cost US$99 a year, iCloud is free.

Apple started pushing MobileMe users to migrate to iCloud in February to help avoid a last minute rush of users trying to make the switch. The Mac Observer’s Melissa Holt did her part to help with the transition by detailing how to back up your contacts and calendars before moving to iCloud.

Apple will shut down MobileMe on June 30 which leaves on 26 days for subscribers to finish their transition to iCloud or other online services.

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Comments

mjkphoto

As a creative professional using Snow Leopard, I have moved to other non-Apple services. It is ironic that Apple is forcing many of us to the competition.

Google now provides my calendar syncing. Apple reports that my me.com email will continue, but I’ve already changed all instances where my me.com email was listed. DropBox handles my files. Browser syncing will be missed.

I’ll be glad when the June 30 deadline passes. Every time I see a report like this, I get mad. Apple drew a line in the sand thinking they’d force us to migrate to Lion. Some of us who rely on our Macs for business weren’t swayed. Hey Apple, what happened to your support of the creative professional? Hmm? Some of us like to have control over our computers rather than Apple telling us how they should operate.

Next time I need to upgrade my creative software, I may go back to using Windows. That is how angry I am at Apple. The company that doesn’t listen to its customers.

Lee Dronick

ICloud synchs my Calendar, Address Book, and Notes, plus PhotoStream which I have found handy. We lost webpage hosting and photo albums, but I hear rumors of photo sharing coming back. Anyway, consider getting your own domain, I pay $80 a year for hosting and can do pretty much as I please with it and the email service. Of course one would need to learn some web deaign, but for static pages it isn’t too difficult.

gprovida

This transition is complex for me.  I have a Snow Leopard-only MacBook, Leopard Only PPC Tower with Dual 2.7 GHz processors and many terrabytes of storage, Macbook Pro 13 2011, Macbook Air 2010, iPad 2 and 2 iPhone 4s. 

I cannot move all my media over the iCloud since its on my PowerPC Tower, Snow Leopard Only Macbook is limited iCloud services, and other devices will thrive on iCloud. 

No real solution for me at hand and I suspect I am not unique.  Hopefully when new Pros come out or new iMacs i7s I will retire the Mac Pro and move all my media serving so that iCloud services can be fully leveraged, in the meantime I need to live a bit less than MobileMe and not quite iCloud. 

Not sure why it had to go this way, iDisk could have been merely auto copied upon iCloud storage, similarly calendar and address book transparent to me.  Dropping Photogallery [and maybe iWeb] seems to be a mistake, saves pennies and costs dollars in good will.

mjkphoto

Not sure why it had to go this way, iDisk could have been merely auto copied upon iCloud storage, similarly calendar and address book transparent to me.? Dropping Photogallery [and maybe iWeb] seems to be a mistake, saves pennies and costs dollars in good will.

Apple has a plan and it centers around the lowest common denominator: the average consumer. That is where the money is and the best platform to push their agenda. While Apple has always been known for its user-friendly operating systems and software, they’re taking it to the nth degree - designing an OS/iOS system that requires little if any thought on the part of the user. All well and good for the average consumer who just wants to push a button and everything works. The problem is Apple is forsaking the advanced and professional users in the process.

I agree. It did not have to go this way. I find it hard to believe that Apple could not have designed Lion or the next OS to be the best of both worlds: consumer and advanced user. Instead, they force an “idiot-proof” OS/iOS on advanced and professional users that runs counter to our workflow and reduces productivity. In some cases, as with Lion’s Auto-Save feature, it can even be damaging! And when advanced and professional users complain Apple says, “Tough. It’s our way or get left behind.” That is thinking different.

It is too bad there isn’t more attention being paid to those of us who remain on Snow Leopard because there’s no other choice. We just get Apple propaganda.

Paul Goodwin

I took the plunge Saturday. Everything went pretty smoothly. I was part of a family plan with a MobileMe mail account that I never used. I use RoadRunner email. The only little hitch was a default setting in the iCloud mail setup that forwarded all my MobileMe mail to my RoadRunner mail account, resulting in the same mail in two mailboxes. It took me a while to figure out why I was getting two sets of mail from Facebook after I changed that to my iCooud mail account. I started the process by purchasing OS 10.7 on my 2010 iMac which was running 10.6.8. So far the switch to OS 10.7 and iCloud have been pretty painless….except for one short period last night when for some reason iCloud thought my username or password were incorrect on my iPad. When I woke up this morning the problem wasn’t there any more.

Syncing is a little cleaner than it was with the computer in Snow Leopard. I had to manually copy all of my archive mail folders from my iMac to my iCloud mail account because they were not in MobileMe. That process had a few glitches in it. Some mail archive had mail messages that Mail and/or iCloud though had invalid headers. Curiously, some of them were iTunes receipts from Apple. So I wasn’t able to get every archive folder complete in iCloud. Some of them were only a year old, and produced a busy icon when trying to view them. I don’t know if it’s an iCloud issue or a new Mail app issue. I’ll just live with the archives being complete only on the computer.

Paul Goodwin

Unfortunately my wife also has a 2006 MacBook pro that can’t run OS 10.7 and up. She’s probably not going to be a happy camper when her mail on the MBP no longer syncs with her iPhone and iPad. We’ll probably have to think about getting a new one for her. Unfortunately the old one is doing better than ever with a 500 GB 7200 rpm drive and max RAM in it. I do not understand why Apple went with the 64 bit only stuff so a CoreDuo intel Mac couldn’t run the new OS. They did a lot better than that when transitioning from PowerPC macs to Intel. grrrrrrrr

CP

Are there any thoughts on alternatives to the galleries?

I am leaning toward SmugMug right now. Good privacy. Nice exporter from iPhoto.

I have hosting, but I don’t want to spend the time doing the work to keep my gallery moving. Also, storage limits would restrict using it as a backup for my photos as well.

Any other ideas would be appreciated.

etroPole

I am personally not a fan of storing my iPhone contact and other data on anyone’s server. Have always kept a backup copy of my iPhone data on my PC for that matter.

Makoto

I am personally not a fan of storing my iPhone contact and other data on anyone?s server. Have always kept a backup copy of my iPhone data on my PC for that matter.

How do you achieve keeping your iPhone contacts backed up to your PC except for having to rely on encrypted iOS backups?

etroPole

How do you achieve keeping your iPhone contacts backed up to your PC except for having to rely on encrypted iOS backups?

I keep a backup copy of my contacts with a small tool:
http://www.copytrans.net/iphone-contacts.php

Regarding other iPhone data: I never share photos and keep them in my Camera roll. I don’t use calendars.

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