Users find .Mac underwhelming, overpriced

Users find .Mac underwhelming, overpriced

Jan 01, 2019 / By : / Category : 老域名购买

The Tao of Mac Weblog has put into words what I'm guessing sums up the feelings of many .Mac users. Rui's main crux is that US$99 is way too much to pay for services that haven't really been updated to meet modern expectations. Google's Gmail is mostly to blame, however many of .Mac's services and their pricing seem to be vastly out of line with what you can get by using 3rd party products. Applications like JungleDisk (works with Amazon's S3 service) is vastly cheaper for online disk space, and the aforementioned Gmail or Yahoo! Mail fills the bill for web mail. 老域名出售

On the topic of mail, Gmail is obviously free and actually does a decent job of spam filtering on its own, whereas Apple's .Mac mail service is limited to whatever free space you have on your iDisk account and has woefully inadequate spam filtering when put up against Gmail's service. Apple relies heavily on's spam filtering capabilities, which can be hit or miss. You lose all of that "built-in" functionality when you eventually come to the realization that you've outgrown the client. Sure you can use SPAM filtering in your client of choice, but that's not always an option. For example, I often check my mail accounts via my cell phone and other portable devices that don't have the horsepower to filter every message. Server-side filtering is the way to go, and as it stands, I'm pretty sure that a large percentage of Apple's .Mac users stuck around for the email address/service alone.

Rui gets down on the other parts of .Mac: syncing, web albums, iChat, and the notoriously slow iDisk. He also notes a few examples of what Apple could do to sway many users to their service: IMAP IDLE support, Moblogging support, over the air iSync, and contact and calendar syncing.

One thing to be kept in mind is that while these kinds of features and beefing up .Mac in general will sway some of us nerds over to .Mac, for many users it's a handy service that integrates with many of their applications and lets them do a lot of things that they would otherwise have no idea how to accomplish. For people with limited computer skills, .Mac is worth US$99 per year and more. However, there is always something to be said for attracting "power users" and other "influencers" to a service. You want the people with the biggest mouths and the most reach to speak highly of your product, not dog it at every opportunity.

With all of that said, I'm almost certain that Apple has to be working on some sort of functionality upgrade to the service. In the face of all these new competitors, and without a significant update in features or pricing in what seems like forever, I'm betting that Apple has something exciting up its sleeve in the near future.

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