I am using @icloud.com to sync the Notes app and Photo streaming on my iPhone and Mac Mini. It's not really serving any other purpose. I also have a @gmail.com address for my iTunes Apple ID. I'm a bit confused. I actually used my @gmail.com address for my devices and Mac Mini iCloud services by mistake and it worked fine. This meant I was using @gmail.com for EVERYTHING. Problem was I no longer had my @icloud.com email address on my devices so I had to go back and enter in the @icloud.com address on my devices' and Mac Mini iCloud account window. I guess my question is if I don't care to have an icloud.com email address can I just use my gmail address for EVERYTHING? iTunes, iCloud syncing etc? Why did I create an iCloud account in the first place if Apple is allowing me to use my gmail account as an iCloud account? Finally can I simply create a new iCloud.com account/email address and use that as an Apple ID for all iCloud and iTunes services? Apple says it does not allow an iCloud.com email address to be used as a new Apple ID on their Apple ID management page because it's already an Apple ID. http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5621?viewlocale=en_US **what if I start fresh with a single new iCloud email address? My previous notes, contacts etc won't be able to be synced so I should export my contacts and save a copy of Notes on my desktop right? .