|From DailyTech: One of the most popular services among Apple fans was the .Mac subscription service. To coincide with the release of the iPhone 3G and further excite its dedicated fan base into a frenzy, Apple announced that it would be launching an updated version of its subscription service and all existing users would be migrated to the upgraded service.
Originally iTools, a free subscription service, .Mac evolved into a large community with over 100,000 users. The yearly fees were $99.95 and various discounts were available. For the fee, users got 1 GB (and later 10 GB) of storage or for a premium 2 GB or 5 GB of storage (later 20 GB or 50 GB). They also got an Apple email address and a hosted webpage, as well as various other minor services.
The new MobileMe was an ambitious upgrade, bringing to the table improved calendar functionality, with the ability to sync to Microsoft Outlook or Apple's offerings. It also featured improved web publishing tools and more photo options.
However, to say the release had a few problems would be putting it mildly. The day of the release, July 10, many users could not download the update to install the service. Secondly, those users who did finally get the new service were angered to see that the promised "iDisk File Sharing" service was not included. Apple argued that all its services were "subject to change".
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