Apple To Unify Apple ID & .Mac Login Information

Some Observers have reported being notified by Apple of some changes to their Apple log in information for .Mac, the Apple Store, and Apple Support. Those users using the same user name for their Apple ID and .Mac account received a note saying that the accounts will be consolidated on April 10th. At that point, these users were told, their Apple ID password will become that of their .Mac account, with the old Apple ID password will cease functioning. From the e-mail sent to users by Apple:

On April 10, 2003, Apple will be making some changes to its customer account system. Apple will unify login information across Apple ID and .Mac accounts.

According to our records, you have both a .Mac account and an Apple ID with the name i[address removed]@mac.comi. (You have established an Apple ID if you have made a 1-Click purchase through iPhoto, purchased items from the Apple Store, or used the Apple Support site.)

Since your account names (User IDs) for your Apple ID and .Mac are the same, you will still use that account name. However, as of April 10, your .Mac password will become your Apple ID password and your old Apple ID password will no longer work.

Additionally, if your .Mac account included your billing information and your Apple ID did not, your 1-Click accounts are now populated with your .Mac billing information. If youid prefer not to use the same billing information for .Mac and your Apple ID account, you can visit the Apple Store or iPhoto and change your 1-Click billing information at any time.

For more information, you can visit Appleis .Mac support site.