One of the questions that arose after Apple announced the impending rollover to its new cloud-based storage service, iCloud, asked what would happen to MobileMe users. After all, many subscribers had already paid $100 per year for access, and iCloud will be free for anyone with an iTunes account for the first 5GB.
Here's the latest answer: Current MobileMe users will get 25GB of iCloud space when it first launches.
That breaks down to the aforementioned free 5GB plus 20GB, which aligns with the allotment from the standard $100 MobileMe account.
However, that model won't exactly last for long. Anyone who fits the bill for this scheme will have 25GB to use for storing and syncing music, movies, calendar info and more until June 30, 2012. After that date, MobileMe will be gone forever, and it will cost these members $40 to renew because that is how much it will cost for 20GB of more space under the new pricing plans.
If you missed it, the pricing scale for iCloud was revealed last week when the site opened for developers only. Here's the breakdown for extra allotments after 5GB:
- 10GB: $20 per year
- 20GB: $40 per year
- 50GB: $100 per year
Unfortunately, Apple hasn't disclosed an official launch date for iCloud just yet, but it will be some time this fall, as will the next version of iOS.
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