1. raiderz182 macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2003
    north philly
    ok here are a few questions :

    do you have a .mac and find it useful?
    when you bought it, did you also have to pay another 99 dollars after that for the annual fee. Or does it include your first year also?
    are the servers fast? bandwith-wise?
    are there any bandwith caps


    -edit : it says $69.95 on the price, but on the buying / customize page, theres no box that lets you check to add it to your list!
    anyone know why?
  2. jamesatzones macrumors regular

    Aug 29, 2003
    .Mac is for cool people

    First off, I love my .Mac account. I find it very useful with iSync, being able to use my bookmarks on my Windoz machine at work, the web space and all the free programs.

    Second, you do have to renew at $99, but then again I still feel it is worth it.

    Thridly, the servers are fairly fast, they have increased in speed in recent months from my perspective.

    And forth, I have no idea what the cap is on bandwidth.

    Sing up for the free trail, use the e-mail, the free apps. I am sure if you are a Mac person that you will like it...
  3. caveman_uk Guest


    Feb 17, 2003
    Hitchin, Herts, UK
    Someone asks this question on a fairly regular basis and generally you get a mixture of replies from those that use it and think it's great, those that use a 'roll-your-own' solution and consequently don't need it and those who think it is far too expensive and for the $99 should include a free copy of that years version of OS X.

    My own take is that I do use it and although it is rather overpriced it's ease of use and simplicity make it worthwhile. It's only worthwhile if you use all or most of it's features. If you only want it for email for example then there's much better deals.

    The only way to decide is to try for yourself. You can get a trial membership for free. See what you think - only you can decide whether it's worth $99 to you.
  4. ColoJohnBoy macrumors 65816


    Mar 10, 2003
    Denver, Colorado
    I don't want you to be misled about the cost -- I think I'm right in assuming that you're worried that you would have to pay $99 on top of the "purchase rpice". That isn't the case. The purchase of .mac is actually your first year's subscription. You won't have to pay $99 until that first year is up.

    Hope I haven't confused you too much ;)
  5. brogers macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2002
    Greensboro, NC
    I maintain some basic web sites with pictures of my family. I send the links to family and friends so they can see how and what we are doing. I also hot sync my palm with iSync and .Mac and backup all my critical files to .mac using Backup. I also love the sync feature in Panther that allows me to work with iDisk as a local volume and them sync the changes later.

    Additionally, I use the Mail account to access home mail from the office, bookmarks, address book, iSight....the list goes on and on. My computing/Mac experience would not be the same without it. I pay more annually for TV channels that I never watch so the price is not that big a deal for me....it is worth it.

    One thing though. I started using it more and more the longer I had it. It seems that Apple is giving us more ways to incorporate it into our computing experience so I am excited about the future of it.

  6. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    When you purchase a new Mac, then you can get .Mac for $69 for the first year. The renewal for the 2nd year then will be $99. My hope is that they will add more features.

    My wife has .Mac, she loves the service. She uses it for the Mail, also loves the games.
  7. Les Kern macrumors 68040

    Les Kern

    Apr 26, 2002
    Got it the first year, just re-upped again. It was "okay" before, but with Panther it's an exceptional solution. There's almost no lag in copying files either way, so now I can ACTUALLY USE it as a working server. The homepage is easy and suits my needs to let my family out east see pics, the iSync works, I don't use Backup (Retrospect), I like the e-mail address, I like the perks... it's just a good thing. Dot-Mac is definately worth the $99.00. I didn't even bother with the ed rate (10 pack at 49.00), just got it on my own.
    Nothing too fancy at /leskern.
  8. Brian Bosworth macrumors newbie

    Brian Bosworth

    Sep 9, 2003
    Long Island, NY

    it was a lot better when it was free. It didnt have all the bells and whistles but you had the idisk, email and other goodies.

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