What it means: iCloud v Mobile Me
With the announcement of the axing of mobile me and the introduction of the new platform iCloud theres going to be some issues that crop up, I look into that a little here.
Mobile Me customers loose out!
Cloud computing on the iPhone is something that has been rumoured for a long time now with people even predicting that there would be a phone with just basic memory relying entirely on the cloud. Thankfully that hasn’t come (yet) but iCloud has come along, to much joy because of how it works, however not so much if your a Mobile Me user.
After starting a mobile me subscription last year since I wanted a reliable backup for my files, a little online storage and an actually useful contact backup system that I didn’t have to rely on google for. The great thing was that even though it was a pay service what you got for the cost was good value for money when you considered the actual month they cost (it would work out approximately £5 a month.
However when iCloud was announced all paid users and trial got free subscriptions until June 30th 2012. Now this is actually a good deal, unless like myself your bill date fell on the 6th of June this year and you paid early. Having done so I have had to pay £60 for a service which, had I not paid early in good faith, I wouldn’t have had to pay out and could have continued using the service I wouldn’t have had to pay out.
Yea they are giving me an extra month free at the end but is that really enough? I think not. I took the issue to Apples support team only to be told that there was nothing they could do, I was, afterall getting the service I paid for.
Colour me not impressed.
So what of the cloud?
However that does not mean I’m going to boycott the new service, I like many others will be moving everything over to the cloud service (and maybe retrieving a little of my money but it’s uncertain at this point as it factors on a couple of as yet unannounced points.
The thing about the cloud service apple unveiled is that in one fell swoop they may have just cemented themselves as the leaders of cloud computing on the go for the foreseeable future. By allowing the cloud to integrate all you devices in one go apple have very removed the need for device syncing (I will still do so as I prefer a physical hard copy of my own)
What this means for small business is phenomenal, now people like independent artists don’t have to have
three devices update everytime they update there portfolio. All they have to do is upload it into the cloud and it disseminates into the iPad they use as a portfolio in meetings, there phone for when they are caught talking to people without their pad.
Further to this, it doesn’t just work with photos, in fact this works with calendars, contacts, videos, music, documents made in apples software and more. Additionally since it’s in the cloud it makes it simple to access all that information on another computer when they are working remotely.
This is a connectivity that other cloud providers like google cannot provide reliably. As was said in keynote speech. By keeping the IOS platform closed and tightly controlled on only Apples own hardware it makes integration simple and user friendly. While the cloud could theoretically be implemented on the android platform trying to get manufactures to integrate it into all there devices and have the firmware of older devices upgraded to include the facility is pretty much an impossibility.
And that’s not the only reason..,
Thank you for the music!
By some sort of miracle Apple have managed to get the music labels to sign onboard to “iTunes Match” a new service which scans the music in your library and, where apple have a copy, replaces that with a high version on the cloud for you to have anywhere. This means that the cloud is not just limited to tracks you bought from iTunes but from other vendors and CDs that you have legally copied yourself.
Various companies have tried to get music labels to sign up to various schemes over the years some like this some vastly different like the spotter platform, however this has never been an easy job to do and very very few have succeeded. The amazing thing about apples service is that it looks very likely that the service won’t be able to differentiate between music a person does actually own and music that has come via p2p networking or other means. That means for labels to have signed up to something like this there must be a change in attitude somewhere, perhaps in the long run the system I proposed before could actually be a viable platform to put to them. (see here)
While it will be sad to see Mobile Me go it is good to see that the service will be replaced by a phenomenal undertaking and while yes, for users with just one iDevice this means that they won’t get full advantage of all the features it still worth the jump.
Further although your loosing 15gb of storage space I honestly don’t think I have ever used more than about 2gb on my iDisk in this last year so dropping to 5th shouldn’t worry most users to much. That is not to say that there are no concerns however, people that have used Mobile Me as a web server may have to rethink things but then again, cheep hosting is a lot easier to come by these days and chances are in the long run they are going to save money.
In short iCloud is a service that you should be very excited about when it comes out in the fall!
Ok so just as I got to the end of the article I received confirmation on the details I was waiting for about the mobile me refund.
According to the info I am getting Apples rebate policy will still apply if you cancel your subscription when iCloud launches (after you have moved your stuff over) this means that while you will not get your full subscription back you can cable the subscription early and get some of it back.
Remember though, cancelling the subscription looses you the rest of the time that Mobile Me will be online, for some that’s ok, for others like the web hosting users you might want to wait a little while to move everything to new servers.
Posted on June 10, 2011, in apple, Cloud Computing, iCloud, Internet Services, technology and tagged amazon, apple, cloud, computing, copyright, free, Google, iCloud, industry, iphone, mobile me, music. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.