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iCloud: What’s In, What’s Out For MobileMe Users

iCloud: What's In, What's Out For MobileMe Users

Apple won’t officially debut iCloud for months – September is the bet by most predictions – but last week the company revealed more information about what the online sync and storage service will and won’t include.

The news was especially welcome to customers already paying $99 a year for MobileMe, the 2008 service Apple launched for early teething troubles and poor press. MobileMe never attracted a wide audience, in part because so much of what it did could be cobbled together from free services and tools.

Earlier this month, Apple announced that it would pull MobileMe’s plug in 2012, months after it is to be replaced by iCloud. But until last week, Apple had left MobileMe users in the dark what parts would shift to iCloud and what would be ditched.

Apple’s MobileMe-to-iCloud transition FAQ gave us some answers, and we pitched in with some more.

Will I still be able to access my mail, calendar and contacts on the Web? Yes. Once iCloud launches this fall, users can access email, calendar and contacts, three of the apps now available on MobileMe. Apple said it would provide more details on how to migrate MobileMe’s mail, calendar and contacts to iCloud when the latter goes live later this year.

What happens to iDisk and the files I’ve stored there? iDisk won’t make the move to iCloud. But it is not going away until June 30, 2012, when Apple retires all of MobileMe. That gives subscribers just over a year to continue uploading and downloading files to and from the 20GB iDisk space. Before MobileMe goes dark, users must copy the files in the iDisk local storage on their Macs or PCs. Instructions for doing so are available on Apple’s website.

Can I use iCloud’s online storage like I did? Because Apple has not been crystal clear, we are not sure, but we think the answer is no. unlike MobileMe’s iDisk, iCloud’s 5GB of free storage space apparently won’t be accessible through, say, the Mac’s Finder, but instead will contain documents saved, at least initially, only through Apple’s iWork suite of Pages, Numbers and Keynote. Other uses of the space, Apple has said, will be for the email mailboxes and backups of iOS devices, including photos, settings, app data and other information. Apple has said nothing about files generated on a Windows PC or on a Mac outside of iWork.

So with iDisk gone, what do I do? Apple hasn’t spoken, but it seems that the company has ceded that market to the likes of Dropbox and Microsoft’s Windows Live SkyDrive. Dropbox gives Mac and Windows user 2GB of storage space for free – and syncs that space between platforms, machines and mobile devices, while SkyDrive offers 25GB for free.

What’s going to happen with MobileME’s iWeb and Gallery? They’ll vanish in June 201. Neither service is making the move to iCloud, so June 30,2012, is the date to remember. After that, a site (or sites) you’ve published to iWeb, and photos or videos you’ve stored on Gallery, will be inaccessible. Apple recommends that user’s move their iWeb sites to another hosting firm, and either sync Gallery with iPhoto ’08 or later, or download the photos and movies to the hard drive of a Mac or Windows PC.

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