NPD: Apple’s .Mac second most popular retail offering so far this year

.MacApple’s .Mac online service “has been the second most-popular Mac offering at retail so far this year, according to The NPD Group,” Eric Lai reports for Computerworld.

“For US$99, buyers get one year’s access to Web-based storage, e-mail and address book syncing between their iMacs and iPhones, among other features,” Lai reports.

“Still, customers may be taken a bit aback when they open up the .Mac box and discover “there’s nothing in there other than a license key,” said Chris Swenson, an analyst at the NPD Group,” Lai reports.

“The conventional wisdom is that software as a service (SaaS) is finishing what piracy, open-source and the Web started: killing the packaged software market,” Lai reports.

“But in fact, the packaged software market is still growing. According to NPD Group, US retail sales of packaged software so far this year (including those by online retailers) are up 10 percent,” Lai reports. “Office 2007 alone has captured one out of six US dollars spent at retail on software so far this year, Swenson said.”

Full article here.

32 Comments

  1. I got rid of .Mac, I’d had my email address since it was iTools, and used to get 50+ spam messages a day, and .Mac spam filters didn’t pick them up.

    Crappy email, and the iDisk feature has never worked well.

    (Tip for existing users, access your iDisk with Transmit and see the difference in speed!)

  2. I had .mac when I worked for Apple… I seriously doubt I’d go back to it. Your own domain powered by Gmail is just too nice — and the price is good ($8/a month for the domain, email is free)

    As far as iPhoto’s photo galleries, I use Flickr or Pacasa Web Galleries… both cheaper than .mac

  3. Have always had one and has worked great for me. I run a business with it, stream videos and have several websites. Now I make money with Google ads and can’t really complain.
    I know there are other services but it works for me, my clients and friends. I write it off anyway.

  4. I have been a .Mac user since before it was a paid service, and use it regularly. I back up all my prefences, etc. on it, and all my use data is there. I have two Macs, a desktop and a laptop. I use the local iDisk as my Documents folder, and the automatic sync makes sure that I have the same stuff on both machines! Very handy.

    My email gets maybe two or three spams a day, which the local filters usually get at least half of. I normally only need to just toss one spam in the trash daily.

    Sorry you had such a bad experience, but mine works great!

  5. .Mac is awesome. There are times where my iDisk is slow but come on. It’s so easy, drag, drop, and go. My co-editor in CA and I exchange 2+ gig files weekly for FCP. Thats way easier than Fed-Ex and alot cheaper. The syncing is so easy with my personal files. I do prefer my gmail for emailing but everything else with .Mac is great. I work at a TX Apple store and when I show customers what you get and how easy it is, 70% say they gotta have it!

  6. Love the .Mac service but I have to wonder why my Sync’d iCal isn’t accessible from the main home page. Seems like a no-brainer got missed. Instead I have to publish it to a page that becomes a URL which is too long to recall when away from my own computers.

  7. yea, I was going to ditch .Mac at the end of this year’s subscription, but then they upped the storage, added more to Sync, and then I got an iPhone.

    I’m sure I could get most of the services here and there for free, but it sure has improved, and is so darned handy.

  8. I’ve used .Mac for two years to sync calendars and address books in a small law office. It works great for maintaining a joint calendar and address book on computers both on and off-site.

    I plan to move to a common calendar hosted by Leopard Server soon, but Leopard Server is not quite ready for prime time. It is still a little buggy.

  9. ” had .mac when I worked for Apple… I seriously doubt I’d go back to it. Your own domain powered by Gmail is just too nice — and the price is good ($8/a month for the domain, email is free)

    As far as iPhoto’s photo galleries, I use Flickr or Pacasa Web Galleries… both cheaper than .mac”

    UMM, Well, it looks to me like $8/ month is about the same (or more if you buy from Amazon) as .mac (96 vs 99 bucks!) and when you add in other things like Flickr or Picasa- it seems to me that you are paying more than .mac. Add ease of use and back-to-my -mac features, I really don’t see your point.

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