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.Mac HomePage to shut down on November 8th

updated 12:15 pm EDT, Fri October 8, 2010

Could foreshadow iLife '11 rollout

As of November 8th, Apple is bringing an end to viewing photos, videos and other files shared using .Mac HomePage, an e-mail notice says. HomePage itself was disabled as a way of publishing new pages roughly a year ago. Apple points out that files are not being deleted, but rather moved to customers' MobileMe iDisks.

"We recommend MobileMe Gallery as a great way to share photos and movies on the web," the notice informs. "Please read these instructions on how to move your HomePage photos and movies to MobileMe Gallery. MobileMe members who have published web pages using iWeb will not be affected by this change. If you have used other software to publish web content to MobileMe or .Mac, or have questions about this change, please read this FAQ."

Because November 8th is a Monday, and Apple frequently launches new products on Tuesdays, there is speculation that the shutdown could foreshadow the launch of iLife '11. The suite is rumored to be getting a completely overhauled version of iWeb, in addition to other major enhancements. Apple is also expected to release updated MacBook Airs in the near future, and new versions of iLife are sometimes coordinated with the launch of new Macs.

by MacNN Staff





  1. applenut1

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    Apple makes no sense. They link to a FAQ page that states:

    Can friends and family still view my published pages after July 7, 2009?
    Yes, any sites you have created with HomePage will remain viewable at their existing web address unless you delete them, for as long as you are an active MobileMe member.

    So what is the deal?

    Why is Apple touching stuff in our "Sites" folder

    The FAQ again states that they will not:
    Can I access the content on my pages such as photos and movies after July 7, 2009?
    Yes. The HTML files that make up your site can be found in the “Sites” folder on your iDisk. Any pictures or movies you have used for your pages can be found in the iDisk folders where they reside (for example: "Pictures," "Movies," or another folder). You must remain an active MobileMe member to access your iDisk.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969


    FAQ sucks

    Their FAQ is mess up. I stop using "Sites" for a long while knowing it's no longer supported. "Web" is the replacement. Inside it there's "Sites" folder. Looks like this time the main "Sites" will be gone for good.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    link to ilife

    The linking this to iLife because it is happening on a Monday is just plain stupid. iLife doesn't do anything with the Sites folder as it is. Why would one need to remove an innocuous folder and support there-in for software that deals with a whole different folder (and why they moved folders to begin with is all the more questionable).

    Because we know how complicated it is for a web server to redirect to my Sites folder. They can't be bothered with such arcane stuff as that, as they now have to deal with as well. Oh, it's just so complicated.

    And the only reason to do this if it had to do with iLife is because they're rolling out a new version of Mobile Me as well. Which means "Backup your data and hope for the best, people!"

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I see

    This is apparently Apple's way of basically stating "People just want to share videos and photos. We don't need web site hosting." Are we sure you'll even be able to do web sites anymore?

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