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Apple’s North Carolina Data Centre Plans: iTunes and MobileMe

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The massive data centre built in North Carolina by Apple had long been suspected for the use of cloud storage, for services such as iTunes and MobileMe. Those suspicions have now been confirmed as Apple COO, Tim Cook, revealed today during Apple’s annual shareholders meeting:

Apple’s North Carolina data center is expected to open this spring, and will support the iTunes and MobileMe services, the company said during its annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday, where AppleInsider was in attendance.

Rumours of a MobileMe overhaul have been in the works. Looks like this data centre will become the cloud-based focus of the future of iOS for Apple. Right now, MobileMe costs $99/year ($109 in Canada), yet other comparable cloud services are equally as good, but free (ie DropBox, Google).

Find my iPhone, previously one of the main features why people paid for MobileMe went free last Fall. I expect MobileMe to follow suit in upcoming announcements from Apple. They wouldn’t invest $1 billion dollars into a massive facility for nothing.

Are you still a MobileMe subscriber?

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[All Things Digital via AppleInsider]

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  • Paul Adams

    I’m still a MobileMe member, despite the steep price. I find the syncing invaluable between my 3 Macs, 1 iPad and 1 iPhone.

    I used to use iDisk ALOT, but in the last 12 months have moved over to using Dropbox instead, mainly for its fast LAN syncing, easy sharing with my workgroup (across Macs and PCs) and its file versioning.

    If only Apple could do something like Dropbox with iDisk.

    So perhaps this year is the last year I pay for MobileMe… either because I don’t renew my membership… or Apple make it a free service 🙂

  • Auto Strada

    im a free subscriber 🙂

  • Dan

    I contacted iTunes support and dealt with someone in the North Carolina office. As soon as she saw the error message, she said “We cannot help you with this iTunes error. Contact iPhone support.” I ended up having to do a Restore on my iPhone just to fix the problem!

    I have yet to have a good experience with this office! They are 0 for 2 so far!

  • Kirk Armstrong

    I’m a subscriber but I don’t pay anything because my bro works for apple. I think that if apple does offer this service it will probably be free but limited in capacity, so like more storage space they then charge you or something like that.

  • Ex

    You’re not alone 🙂

  • Jeff U

    I’ve been paying the .Mac tax since 2002.

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