View Full Version : Calendar subscription problems

Jul 15, 2008, 02:11 PM
Calendar subscription problems and limitations with MobileMe

This from MacFixit: http://www.macfixit.com/article.php?story=20080715102342143

Several users are experiencing troubles with Apple's new MobileMe "push" technology for iCal calendars and events. These include broken links for subscribed calendars (those hosted by Apple) which may give various "service unavailable" errors.

The fix for these issues has been to manually edit the subscribed calendar's URL to have the fully qualified domain name be "ical.me.com" instead of "ical.mac.com". To do this, right-click the calendar in the left-hand panel (should be listed under "Subscriptions") and select "Change URL". Then change the ".mac" to ".me" and the calendar should get updated. You may also need to change this setting for for published calendars.

Beyond URL problems, MobileMe does not support pushing subscribed calendars to other devices such as iPhones. It appears that MobileMe only works with locally defined calendars, so the workaround users have found is to manually convert subscribed calendars to local ones. The following procedure will convert a subscribed calendar to a local one:

Select the desired calendar subscription in the left-hand panel.
From the File menu select "Export", save the calendar to a temporary location.
Re-import the calendar using the "Import" option.
Users then have the option to delete or keep the original calendar subscription, which may come in handy for duplicating this process as new events are added, but on the other hand may clutter up iCal.

cocky jeremy
Jul 15, 2008, 02:46 PM
Any fix for this without having a Mac? I'm only pushing calendars between me.com and my iPhone. Is there a fix for getting subscription calendars off me.com to the iPhone? I can't seem to get it to work, at all.

Jul 15, 2008, 10:53 PM
I have birthdays and holidays set as subscriptions, as I'm sure many of you do.

Only birthdays appear on me.com.

Neither appear on my iphone.


Jul 28, 2008, 10:32 AM
I am a Windows User. Do you have to be a MAC User to be able to add a Public Calendar Subscription to MobileMe Web Interface?

Under SUBSCRIPTIONS (left column in MM Calendar) I can see Birthdays (set to display in preferences) but I don't see how to add additional Subscriptions. Also, someone said something about Holidays but I don't see a similiar setting like Birthdays.