Apple extends complimentary iCloud storage for a full year to former MobileMe members

As a thank you to former MobileMe members who moved to iCloud, Apple has extended the complimentary storage upgrade they received until September 30, 2013. This extension applies to accounts moved to iCloud between October 12th, 2011 and August 1st, 2012.

How do I know if the complimentary storage extension applies to me?
If you are a former MobileMe member and had access to more than 5GB of MobileMe storage when you moved your account to iCloud, then you received a complimentary iCloud storage upgrade automatically. That upgrade has now been extended, free of charge.

How much complimentary storage did I receive?
Your complimentary storage upgrade was based on the amount of MobileMe storage you were paying for when you moved to iCloud. You were granted either the 10GB, 20GB, or 50GB storage upgrade.

To check which storage upgrade you received:
• On an iOS device: Go to Settings > iCloud > Account.
• On a Mac: Go to System Preferences > iCloud, then click Manage followed by View Account.
• On a PC: Open the iCloud Control Panel for Windows, then click Manage followed by View Account.

How long does the complimentary storage extension last?
Apple will continue to provide you with this additional storage until September 30, 2013, or until you choose to upgrade your iCloud storage plan.

Read more in the full article here.

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43 Comments

  1. went from iTools to the present offering. i think extending this “gift” for one more year is insulting. it should be permanent considering how much we paid in prescription fees for the privilege. don’t get me wrong, i loved the service and took advantage of everything it had to offer. but making it free and taking away functionality after all the money i spent i feel deserves keeping the extra 5GB of space permanently.

    1. Yep, me too – went from iTools on OS9 all the way through to iCloud.

      I’m happy with what they’ve done – I was actually totally prepared for them to charge me for my 20GB at the end of last month.

      Aside from iDisk being gone, I find iCloud to be great, and much better than any of their precious offerings (MobileMe was just an unreliable clusterf@ck).

    2. I’ve got a better idea, dickwad. Why not buy a ticket to Tyler, TX and sue Apple for not giving you exactly what you want? Hell, sue them for $20 billion. Why not?

    1. 50k iTunes match? do you honestly have that much music?…
      I just looked at mine… not even 2500 songs, and I have a single playlist of less than 300 i actually listen too.

  2. well, google gives you 5GB free whatsoever. apple? there is no free service. sucks hell. mail service is broadly opened for free nowadays. apple still charges for that shit. that’s why I don’t use it anymore. apple only cares money. now, they got paid back by lawsuit.

    1. i don’t know what alternate dimension you’re living in where apple charges for mail and doesn’t offer 5GB free, but it’s obviously not the same universe i’m living in, because i have free email and 5GB free storage from Apple and have for over a year now.

    2. Edward, your in your own made up Reality, Apple gives everyone 5 gigs free, you must be on one hell of a trip, or is it just those talking points from the fan droid sites that you have read and really think as the truth…. You been had Son, try again.

  3. “How long does the complimentary storage extension last?
    Apple will continue to provide you with this additional storage until September 30, 2013, or until you choose to upgrade your iCloud storage plan.”

    I’m a bit confused by the last part of this. After 09/30/13 does my extra 20GB end or not.

    1. Check back in a year. – Apple will exceed expectations by extending free storage another year. And then another year, and then another, adinfinitum until 2050. At which point, all data will be stored in the ‘hive-mind’, or iMind.

  4. If I figure out what I can do with my extra 20GB of iCloud storage, I’ll think about upgrading (and paying) to add the extra space after next year. So far, I’m not even using half of the free 5GB that everyone gets.

    I do pay for iTunes Match, and think IT is an extremely valuable service that I will keep using. However, iTunes Match does not take up any of that allocated iCloud storage.

  5. Apple will continue to provide you with this additional storage until September 30, 2013, or until you choose to upgrade your iCloud storage plan.

    OR, I cynically imagine, until Apple figure out how to kill the bug that provides we former MobileMe users with continued free extra space. Kidding.

    What is factual is that Apple is having a terrible time communicating with its customers. They should have announced this situation well before September 30th when the 20+ GB of MobileMe cloud space was supposed to vaporize. It reminds me of the lousy job Apple are doing documenting their software over the past year. Want a great example? WTF is up with the AirPort Utility v5.x documentation? Why does Apple ignore the fact that it is blatantly and consistently incorrect? And so it goes…

    Communication is the fulcrum upon which all human interactions balance. Kind of DUH I’d say.

    1. Say What +1 !
      Seems that Apple gave him something free, for no reason, but didn’t have the decency to give him sufficient prior warning. Evil Bastards! Santa, you’ve been warned!

      Can’t imagine what the Airport Utility instructions are for. About as useful as instructions for a spoon.

    2. I know what I am talking about. You don’t. That’s a failure to communicate. The human interaction did not work. You fell off the seesaw. Oh well.

      But I got 20 GB of free space on iCloud, for at least a year, and I like it! 😀

    1. Yeah, and I don’t need the space, so it’s no good to me either. We need financial compensation to the equivalent value others get from this.

      When I was a kid, my teacher once bought in a tin of sweets for the class. For absolutely no reason other than she thought it would be nice. Some of the kids asked ‘is this all?’. They just got something for nothing but wanted to know why it wasn’t something better. Pretty much spoiled her day I think, she was quite shocked by the extraordinary attitude. The kids concerned would have been the least deserving too, disruptive and rude in her classes.

      Perhaps she, like Apple, should have provided a cash alternative for anyone who didn’t their gift?

      Ingratitude and entitlement run amok.

  6. I would say this is to allow Apple® to find a way to consolidate the accounts of those with multiple accounts as had been “rumored” they might be doing. They needed to keep the multiple accounts in place until they can find a way to allow people to combine them. (I hope.)

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