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We all new this day was coming. Apple has sent out emails informing iCloud users their complimentary iCloud storage has expired. The iCloud storage was a free extra 20 GB of space for MobileMe members. Now all those members will be downgraded to the free 5 GB of iCloud storage all iCloud members get. Here's the email I got from Apple earlier today:


Dear Michael Grothaus,

As a thank you for being a former MobileMe member, you received a 20 GB complimentary storage upgrade when you moved to iCloud. Your upgrade has expired.

Your iCloud storage has been automatically adjusted to the free 5 GB plan. You are currently using 4 GB of storage.

For more information, see this article.

The iCloud Team

To be sure, any free storage is a good deal. However, 5 GB seems a bit skimpy in an age where everything is moving to the cloud. But most other reputable online storage solutions (like Amazon and Google) only offer a free 5 GB, while Microsoft offers 7 GB and Dropbox has a paltry 2 GB.

Note that if you had more than 5 GB of data stored on iCloud but didn't upgrade to a paid plan, Apple also turns off your iCloud email. So these emails will bounce. Which doesn't seem very Apple-like.

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