is .mac worth it?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by MacManiac1224, May 5, 2003.

  1. MacManiac1224 macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2001
    I am thinking of getting .mac, do you guys think it is worth it? I am only going to be using the e-mail, iDisk, and Anti-virus capabilites. What do you guys think?
  2. hugemullens macrumors 6502a


    Dec 15, 2002
    its nice to have, but i think i could find a better use for 99 dollars. i got it for 50 when it first came out, i dont know if i will renew at 99 bucks. I'm curious if Panther will bring any tighter intergration with .mac. But most everything .mac gives you can find for free on the net.
  3. woodsey macrumors regular

    Nov 15, 2001
  4. HasanDaddy macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2002
    Los Angeles
    .mac is VERY worth it ---

    especially if you like to put stuff on the web with convenience

    I've got movies, pics, files, etc, all on .mac for my buds to see and download

    and it works so easily --- you just load your photos into iPhoto, and make a homepage right there....or the same way in iMovie

    I HIGHLY recommend it if you own a Digital Camera and have a high speed internet connection

    in addition, you can also put your iCal calendars online, among other things

    anyhoo --- get it! It's well worth it if you are going to do all the uses I listed above (and an iPod for backup, don't use .mac for backing up....its too slow for backup, and you'll wanna save your space on there for movies and photos)
  5. iJon macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    dont't listen to woodsey, he didnt give you any reason at all. i think .mac is plenty worth it. first you get the idisk, which comes in handy a lot for me. you have a web page, which i designed my own and its great. you can easily add pictures to your web page from iphoto, so wonderful. you also get virex, which is pointless because we dont see virurese in mac land. you get backup software which is probably some of teh best backup software ive used. i can even back up my system prefs to make my computer the way it was before. you also can put your address box and calendar online so you can check it all tiem time. probably my favorite feature is .mac syncing with isync. i can keep my powerbook and powermac always up to date.

  6. JPGR_Fan macrumors regular


    Apr 5, 2003
    St. Louis
    With my .Mac e-mail account I have never received any spam. Plus, you will probably be able to choose any address name you wish.

    Some think the virus protection is not needed, and/or the particular program is not the best.

    The iDisk is slow. If you are used to speed with broadband or new machine, you may not appreciate the slowness.

    If they give a freebe that I really like or that saves me money, or if there is a renewal special, I will consider renewing when the time comes.
  7. evoluzione macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2002
    down the road, that's where i'll always be
    definitely worth it.

    i've been meaning to get a homepage of sortd online for 5 years, and it wasn't until i got .mac that i finally sorted it out, it was SO easy I thought there must be something wrong... :) it's great also with the iDisk, although it can be slow at times, I've had varied performance out of it, sometimes good though. yeah i'd say if you have a digi camera, and/or high speed internet, get it.

    the (occasional) slowness of iDisk is my only (small) complaint.
  8. RBMaraman macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2002
    Prospect, KY
    I definitely think .Mac is worth it.

    The email works great. It hasn't been down in months.

    The Backup software is excellent! It really saved my butt when I had to do a clean install!

    The iPhoto integration works great!

    Overall, I don't see any downsides to .Mac. Sure, it's a little expensive, but money's really no object to me....
  9. dkeninitz macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2003
    Germantown, MD
    It's been worth it for me. I bought my first Mac a few months ago, a TiBook, and I use .Mac to share files with my home office desktop PC and with my office PC. I like the convenience of being able to access my files via any computer with Web access.
  10. bennetsaysargh macrumors 68020


    Jan 20, 2003
    New York
    where are you looking? i can't find all of those features even seperate. please tell me where you can get 100mb of free disc space online for free?
  11. Cecret macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2003
    It's less than $10 a month. Let's face it, we pay more for macs to have a more user friendly environment, it's just an extension of that philiosophy. If you can't afford $99 a year then go buy a dell and use hotmail.
  12. iJon macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    now that was kind of uncalled for, i have a couple of friends who have saved up money forever to buy a mac, just beacuse you have a mac doesnt mean you are rich.

  13. bennetsaysargh macrumors 68020


    Jan 20, 2003
    New York
    totally agree with you there. by no means is me or my family rich. we have a mac because they last, are good and reliable.

    i wish i could burn money on a faster mac than 400Mhz, but i can't.
  14. Cecret macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2003
    I'm not saying we are all rich, but if you are so cash starved that you can't pay $8 a month (thats $2/week) then you might be better off selling your mac on ebay and buying pc. I also have a 400mhz g4 and don't see a new mac in my future for at least the next few years. But, to me, I would rather eat at home one more day a week and have my .mac account than dealing with yahoo or hotmail not to mention all the other services of .mac.
  15. bennetsaysargh macrumors 68020


    Jan 20, 2003
    New York
    ok. it sounded like you were being offensive.
    sorry about that.

    i want to get .Mac,but my parents won't let me "waste my money" on it.

    also, im on a g3:p
  16. iJon macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    well you have to have internet to begin with to use the mail feature of .mac, so that means you have to have an email, so i dont know where hot mail came into this. 8 bucks a month isnt a lot, but this thread isnt about who can afford .mac, its about is it worth it. and for 8 bucks a month may not be worth .mac for some people.

  17. mac15 macrumors 68040

    Dec 29, 2001
    .mac is very much worth it. Soon I think apple will bundle .mac onto your computer when you buy it. As a ploy to sell more
  18. Cecret macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2003
    All I'm saying is that it is worth it. It's like buying a song from itms. 99cents may sound like a lot, but when you think about it, we all spend at least 5 bucks a day on thinks that we really don't need but are conveint.
  19. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    I can't imagine a possible reason that I would ever, under any circumstances, use a .mac account for anything. e mail- get it through isp at home, school network at college. virus- never gotten a virus, and I'd use norton if I were worried. idisk- the coolest feature as far as I can tell, but I would never use it. backup software- I have no problem backing up on an external HD.

    There may be more to .mac, but I really don't care. The most useless release in apple's history, IMHO. I'm not even activating the free 2 months I can get with my new ibook. There's simply nothing there that I would ever use.
  20. Chad4Mac macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2002
    Los Angeles
    .mac is worth it, and I think that if you don't have it, you are truely missing out on the total Mac experience.

    I have a little digital camera that I take everywhere, and I can plug it into my mac, and in no time the photos are edited and on the web or emailed out to friends and family. I have used this feature countless of times and I don't know what I would do without it :)

    Same with some of the short and funny movie clips that I have -- they're on my .mac homepage so all my peeps can see it.

    Email works so well, in combo with iCal and Address Book. iDisk is little slow, but not too bad. Backup is a blessing...'s just worth it and if you break it down to 8 bucks a month, well, it's really not expensive.

    Just try the trial...

  21. jholzner macrumors 65816


    Jul 24, 2002
    Champaign, IL
    Well, I really like it and plan to renew when the time comes. I use the online address book all the time and has been a live saver a time or two...when i NEEDED a number...I would have been SOL if I didn't have it. Plus I love their webmail and IMAP support.
  22. Chimaera macrumors regular

    Nov 15, 2002
    Its all relative, for some people the feature are worth it, for some they are not - for example I personally do not use .mac and will not either, but this is mainly because I and some friends rent a co-lo in a data center for about the same amount a month each, but the machine is ours to do with as we please, meaning we run what we want and when.

    As for the simplicity stuff, well me and mine are all well above average in terms of computer literacy, much like most of the users here - photo albums I handle using a combination of iPhoto (quickest way for tasks like rotating photos and so on) and then run them through a java app called Jalbum which will render a *very* nice photo album from a template, which is also fairly easy to modify.

    Other advantages? well we have a lot of choice in what software we run, and much more generous filestore allocations - we each have 5gig as opposed to .macs 100meg. In fact, the only thing we *don't* get is Virex protection, but then I get that through work anyway, and the rest of my computers (all PCs bar one mac) are norton'd up (unlike with macs, Norton is about the best there is on PCs).

    But all that doesn't change the fact that I would find the .mac services useful, I just found a better alterrnative with a group of like-minded friends :)
  23. Riko19 macrumors member

    Mar 5, 2003
    Warrington UK
    Very good do far on trial

    hey guess what yes im a mac switcher ive been playing about with my powerbook 17incher for a month now.
    I think that the .mac account is very sleak in design and runs very smooth, very easy interface dont you think? well i think i will purchase it but i do tink it is a bit steep.

    Then again im newish to these.....anyone know any good like mic chat rooms or cam chat rooms im thinking i cant think of any that work with mac the msn dont mic chat and yahoo doesnt have the voice button so it is rather odd.

    as for everything else i got all adobe products on it and even office.

    Happy here :)

    overall:get.mac if u can its worth getting!
  24. 5300cs macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2002
    I think just the email itself is almost worth it. I never get spam EVER. They must be doing something right.

    iDisk is cool and really easy to use, but if you don't have fast internet, better stock up on Tylenol 'cause it's a slow train to Migrane-ville.

    Hotmail needs to roll over and DIE. Or it should be dragged out into the street, rocked, shot and then spit on. I joined Hotmail when it was at only 200,000 members and it was great. It's a perfect example of how M$ mounts everything it takes over and fricks it to death.

    Yahoo! wasn't too bad when I used it.

    Overall I think $100 isn't that bad.
  25. davy the bunny macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2003
    *homepage? - I've got a hosted website from

    *Virus Protection - I've never known anyone with a Mac who has gotten a virus so for me that's a non-issue, I'm not saying it won't ever happen but. . .

    *Automatic File Backup - (can't touch that one, but I know that there are competing products, heck if you look into it you can write your own script to do this with a double click of the mouse)

    *iDisk online Storage and File sharing - I can ftp to my website at any time, simply using any web browser.

    *.Mac Mail - Neither my ISP's mail nor my website's mail ever get spammed

    *Calendar Publishing - Try iCalX

    edit: also, I must say that I'm one of those people that had to save up for months to get my mac. Maybe you can't understand how much a question of "worth" may mean, but to some it is a huge deal.

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