MobileMe: Apple stops selling cloud service packages

Move points towards major changes

MobileMe no longer available in Apple stores or online, as service prepares to go free.

MobileMe, Apple’s paid-for cloud service, has been yanked from shelves in its retail stores and pulled from Cupertino’s website, with only a free 60-day trial version available to punters. You can’t buy it bundled with a new Mac either.

The move comes after a series of leaks about plans for a complete overhaul of the ailing service, with features including a digital locker service for storing music and movies. The upgraded MobileMe also promises to offer a personalised website for sharing video and info, including geotagged locations.

Apple’s new North Carolina data centre has been pegged as the place where MobileMe details will be stashed. The company even said so during its AGM, held this week in California.

The new version of MobileMe could be mapped out at next week’s iPad 2 event, alongside iOS 5. Word is that the service will be free, with the aim of countering Google’s dominant raft of cloud services.

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Via MacRumors