Apple Notifies Former MobileMe Customers of Impending iCloud Storage Downgrade

Apple today began sending out notices to former MobileMe customers reminding them that their free 25 GB iCloud accounts will be reduced to 5 GB as of September 30. iCloud offers 5 GB of storage for free, but MobileMe customers received an additional 20 GB for free during the first year of iCloud's existence. The offer was initially good through through June 30, 2012, but Apple later extended the bonus through the end of September.

Your iCloud storage will be reduced to 5 GB on 09/30/2012.
However, you are currently using more than 5 GB.

Unless you take action before your downgrade takes effect, backups to iCloud will stop, and apps will no longer be able to save documents to iCloud. You can either free up storage or cancel your downgrade to keep your current storage plan for another year.

With the launch of the iPhone 5 this past weekend, upgraders who have elected to back up their devices to iCloud may find themselves suddenly over the 5 GB limit for free iCloud accounts if their previous iPhone is also being backed up to iCloud. Camera Roll in particular can be a significant contributor to storage needs for iCloud.

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Additional information for those seeking to keep their iCloud storage needs below 5 GB can be found in an Apple support document, while those interested in purchasing additional storage space can do so through their iOS device iCloud settings, System Preferences on a Mac, or iCloud Control Panel on a PC. Annual pricing is currently set at $20 for 10 GB, $40 for 20 GB, and $100 for 50 GB. All of the purchased amounts are added to the base 5 GB storage capacity.

Top Rated Comments

cbw87 Avatar
115 months ago
Surely it would make a lot more sense, since Apple makes its profit per device, to give users 5GB for each device they purchase and link to their Apple ID?
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mdlv Avatar
115 months ago
I thought pictures, music and videos didn't count towards the 5 GB?

:confused:
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
throttlemeister Avatar
115 months ago
I don't see the problem? MobileMe was $99/yr and included 25GB storage, right? Icloud is free and includes 5GB storage and an additional 20GB of storage costs $40/yr. So at price that is $60 cheaper, you get the same amount of space.

Sounds like a bargain to me.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
shompa Avatar
115 months ago
iCloud is a great idea. But why wont Apple give more space per device their customers buy? 5 gig is ok for 1/2 devices. But its impossible to make cloud backups if you have 3+ devices.

Why not give each customer that register an iDevice 2.5 gig-5gig more for free?

Now when iCloud downgrades the storage space, I have to stop using cloud backup :( Punished for owning to many of Apples products.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
scotty321 Avatar
115 months ago
And yet, nowhere in the email does Apple actually tell people how to PAY TO UPGRADE THEIR STORAGE, which I'm sure many people will want to do.

Ridiculous oversight on Apple's part. Nobody seems to be paying attention at Apple anymore tense days.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mr. Gates Avatar
115 months ago
Glad Microsoft let me keep my 25 gigs on Skydrive
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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