.Mac for £35 / $61

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  1. Shaun.P macrumors 68000

    Shaun.P

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    Hi there,

    I will be able to get a copy of .Mac for half the price Apple sells it on their online store (£69). Do you think it is worth paying £35 for .Mac? I intend to use Backup 3, make a website and use the email, but I have been thinking: Do I really need it?!

    I have an account with Google GMail, I don't really need a website and I can backup my stuff to DVD-R or CD-R disks easily enough.

    Basically what I'm asking is, do you think it is worth me paying £35 for it?

    Let me know what you think,

    Shaun.
     
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    I think it's definitely worth £35. You may find uses for it that you haven't thought of yet. But if you're fairly skint, then maybe not...

    You could try the demo version for a few days just to make sure — I think that can last 30 days or so.

    Whether it's worth £69 per year is entirely another matter.
     
  3. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

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    .Mac is invaluable for small files, which are more safe on an internet drive. I love it.
     
  4. Shaun.P thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thank you for your insightful comments so far! It was actually selling for £40 on eBay, and I asked the seller if I could perhaps get some sort of a discount because I'm a student, and he said £35, I emailed him back saying that I can really only afford £30, so I will see what he says.
     
  5. mfacey macrumors 65816

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    I can't quite see the point of .mac beyond the fact that its really nicely integrated into the mac os. I think you should really consider what you're going to be doing with it. For webspace, email and ftp you're better off getting a cheap hosting solution with your own domain. I've recently switched some of my hosting needs to http://www.b-one.net who really are very cheap! Even you're good .mac deal won't beat their hosting prices!
     
  6. Twinkie macrumors regular

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    You've obviously never used the sync features to keep two Macs the same ;)

    While you can accomplish the same thing through a combination of other services, if you subscribe to the belief that your time has a certain amount of value, .Mac usually winds up being a deal.
     
  7. mfacey macrumors 65816

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    Yeah I suppose that is a really nice feature. Wouldn't work for me though, seeing as I only have one mac (for now) :rolleyes:
     
  8. Twinkie macrumors regular

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    The OP has two, though... even if his second Mac is on eBay :D
     
  9. Shaun.P thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yep I just have my iBook the now. He told me he isn't making a profit at £30, so it looks like it will be £35. I'm going to have a think about it and decided whether its worth it or not!
     
  10. Twinkie macrumors regular

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    Personally, I think it's worth it. And for the sake of reference, I do have a hosting account elsewhere, and I've worked in IT for well over a decade.

    If you're doing a straight price comparison, a hosting account will win almost every time. But when you look at what you can really do with .Mac (one-click iPhoto publishing, synchronization of your address book, calendar, bookmarks and mail to one common point that's accessible from any browser, etc.), there's a lot of potential value there.

    If you're the type of person who doesn't leave the house much, it probably isn't worthwhile. But if you're at a client's site, a friend's house, a library, etc., and you want a page you bookmarked, a phone number, etc., it's VERY nice to have. Whether you want to spend a little bit of money and build that functionality yourself, or a little more to have it all taken care of for you is really decided by your wallet and technical abilities.
     
  11. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

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    So eloquent today, Twinkie. :D
     

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