I was thinking that maybe Apple would add an AIM Express type app to .Mac soon. I think the AIM express idea is a good one but I'm not really happy with AOL's version. It makes sense that Apple could do this. They already have iChat compatible with .Mac in a way and on Jan. 7th you will be able to sync you address book to your .Mac address book including AIM accounts. All these things could add up to offer capabilities similar to iChat (like seeing someones real name instead of their screenname) in an online client. Just my guess.