Apple is dropping MobileMe Gallery on June 30, 2012 and it isn’t offering an alternative service to replace it.
Back in September 2011 I wrote that Apple needs to announce iCloud galleries or lose them to Flickr and Picasa and it doesn't look like Gallery is going to receive a stay of execution at the 11th hour.
Apple's unceremoniously pulling the rug out from under its loyal MobileMe users that uploaded their photos to the its uber-expensive ($100/year) service.
Instead of offering a seamless upgrade to a comparable photo gallery service on iCloud (even paid would be fine), Apple instead chose to evict its users by emailing a draconian warning notice (above) that just as easily could have been a foreclosure notice from Bank of America.
Download your photos now, before we delete them!
What a shame (and very un-Apple).
Apple made a half-hearted attempt to resurrect online photo galleries with Journals, but they're restricted to users that publish photos from iPhoto on iOS and they use proprietary (and funky) Apple templates. Yuck.
It would be great if existing MobileMe photo galleries automatically turned into Journals. This would save users days of downloading photo galleries that they dutifully uploaded to MobileMe from Aperture and iPhoto over the years.
It would also save them from uploading them to Picasa (or another service) after getting burned by Apple.
Apple could easily have saved users the hassle of downloading all their photos (and having to find a new home for them) by integrating Journals into iPhoto and Aperture for OS X but it didn't. Instead Apple elected to send a nastygram and leave its users twisting in the wind.
I anticipated this happening and moved my galleries to Picasa Web back in September 2011 and luckily got grandfathered into Google's 20GB for $5 per year plan. Google's storage plans increased dramatically when it announced Google Drive in April and the new 25GB storage plan costs $2.50 per month. I upload photos to Picasa Web with the (now mothballed) Aperture to Picasa Web Albums plug-in, which still works despite being unsupported. Who knows if it will continue to work with Aperture 4?
You can see what a morass this is.
Is photo hosting that difficult? I wonder why Apple got out of it? I'm totally baffled as to why Apple left its customers high and dry and handled the transition as poorly as it did.
If you're looking for a home for your displaced photo galleries, I blogged about some of the top photo hosting services (like Picasa Web, Flickr Pro, Smugmug, 500px, ZenFolio and Facebook) in September 2011. But you better act quickly because there's only 15 days left before Apple's iCloud executioner deletes your photos forever.
Where do you keep your photo galleries?
- Apple needs to announce iCloud galleries; or lose them to Flickr and Picasa
- iCloud gets photo galleries after all; they’re called Journals