Although brief here's what I use as far as services go... Gmail - Strictly as my only email address My question is, having setup an @me.com email address, if I were to make the switch with all of my current services and change my contact email to my new @me.com (iCloud email) address what advantages and disadvantages could I face? For example if I understand correctly our iCloud email can be accessed from the web and not just our iPhones and iPads but what of I no longer own an Apple product? Will my email address continue to exist and will apple provide me access indefinitely? Also my gmail account is what's tied to my Apple ID, if I choose to switch to using my iCloud email could I change the email associated with my Apple ID or would I have to create a new one? Any other concerns related to switching to only having iCloud as m sole email provider just drop in some comments.