I've been a Mac user for 2 years now and love everything about the experience EXCEPT for the .Mac service, which has been a thorn in my side. It just seems arbitrary that Apple should tie things like backup functionality and iCal publishing to an expensive .Mac subscription. And now if I heard Jobs correctly, you need a .Mac account to use the photocasting feature of iPhoto. Is this correct? Will iLife 06 functionality be hobbled without a .Mac subscription?