.Mac is it really worth it?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by TheFallGuy, Feb 6, 2006.

  1. TheFallGuy macrumors member

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    I'm looking at purchasing .Mac in the near future. Is it really worth it or is there another alternative that is comparable?
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    What aspects are you thinking of getting it for? I lie it because it keeps my two Macs synchronised. There are cheaper alternatives that will give you more online space but .Mac is quite nicely integrated into OSX IMO. :)
     
  3. iGary Guest

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    I wouldn't know what to do without it (three Mac family).

    Keeps all my info the same on all three machines.

    Nice for posting calendars, pics and other stuff, too.

    $8 is a cheap price to pay for me to keep everything synced.
     
  4. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    $8 ? I pay €99 per annum....

    One thing I noticed the other day is the new .mac alias's... So in theory we can get more email addresses that are automatically forwarded onto our main .mac account.
     
  5. iGary Guest

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    Yeah, per month, my bad.
     
  6. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    It is also useful for the smooth Backup software program they offer; I use that every day to keep my machine backed up.
     
  7. TheFallGuy thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the replies, but I've decided it was too expensive for what I get/what I need it for.

    Maybe if they drop the price in the future...
     
  8. penguinman macrumors member

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    I just got my powerbook and i was hoping there was a way to share the computers physically ie. firewire cable syncing the two machines..

    that would be great. :cool:
     
  9. kugino macrumors 65816

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    just bought a new license on ebay for $45. i've been doing this the last couple of years...$99/year is a bit steep, i feel better with about 1/2 that. still, it's getting better.
     
  10. Glenn Wolsey macrumors 65816

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    You have 3 Mac's?

    PowerMac 2.7, iBook G4, ???
     
  11. JasonDawg18 macrumors regular

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    Great Idea...

    I don't know why I didn't think of that. I never would've thought you could buy .Mac on eBay. I love it. I'm bidding now. What a great concept. I could pay half for it. I've gone back and forth on getting one, but now will try to do it through eBay.

    You're my new hero. :)

    Thanks,
    Jason
     
  12. flyfish29 macrumors 68020

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    do a search in the fourms for .Mac and you will find dozens of similar threads. Basically if you want cheap and have extra time and are willing to learn (or already know) quite a bit about technology you can do most of the same for cheaper, but if you want easy, somewhat cheap, and integrated then go .Mac. I have three macs synced through iCal, use backup, have home pages and use it for many email aliases so I love it. But really, do a search if you need more reasons- there are many others. Unfortunately they have stopped most of the freebe perks they used to do like free prints, software, etc. They have some but not as much.

    But I am still hooked on it as it is simple to use everything!
     
  13. rickvanr macrumors 68040

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    I've just ordered .mac after using iWeb for a couple days. Also, learning they are currently offering a $40 rebate was a nice incentive too.

    Question is. It seems unclear about how much space there is to host a web page. Anyone know how much there is?
     
  14. Damien macrumors regular

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    You can set it at what you want between email/iDisk i think. Then just use how much you have on your iDisk
     
  15. dont24 macrumors regular

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    $40 rebate ??
     
  16. rickvanr macrumors 68040

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    Gotcha. So since it's 1GB, I could have 500MB split over the two? Thats awesome.

    That is what I was told. I'm in Canada.
     
  17. rickvanr macrumors 68040

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    Another small question.

    Once I have my .mac account the url will looks somehting like 'web.mac.com/whatever name I choose' correct? If I went and bought one of those $1.99 domain names from godaddy or some similar service could I use my .mac to host and have it linked to a 'www.whatever name I choose.com'?
     
  18. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    I think it's going to be your .mac account name. At least that's the way it is with my iWeb site that I started putting together a couple of days ago.
     
  19. DCapple macrumors regular

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    just a question?

    hi! im planning to buy a Mac too, can you give some insights where i could buy good and with friendly price Mac? well just in case you have a more trusted store..you know what i mean of course dont want to buy faulty Mac..
     
  20. weg macrumors 6502a

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    Depends on how experienced you are... I personally have all my important data in CVS, and all my mail on GMail. For $8/month you can get a full virtual linux host with root access, and way more storage.

    But you'd have to do all the integration yourself, while .mac just simply works out of the box.

    Georg
     
  21. madroadbiker macrumors newbie

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    Do I need more than one .mac membership for my family?

    Hi,
    I'm thinking about getting a .mac membership but can't find an answer to this question on their web site. Is one membership per family sufficient. If I buy a membership, can both my wife and I use it? We want to be able to communicate with each other via our isight cameras when one of us is out of town. Will that work with one account?
    Thanks
     
  22. Damien macrumors regular

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    You do not need a paid .mac account to use ichat. Just a .mac or .aol address I think. Just both sing up for trails or something.
     
  23. Damien macrumors regular

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    www.apple.com or an Apple Store. :confused:
     
  24. achie25 macrumors 6502

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    It is nice to have for backups and especially for use with Iweb. i really like Iweb and it is easy to publish to .MAC
    Some day I hope to get a domain and try to use Iweb and even branch out into other web development programs.
    But for now it suits my needs perfectly.

    Not to mention that at work my mac mail is the only email program that can be accessed for our work computers. All of the other email clients are blocked. Our IT adminstrator is obviously not a Mac guy or he would have blocked that too.
     

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