By Ed Oswald | Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 11:02 am
Allow me to vent here for a second. As you may have read in my recent post about Mac products at Target, I have been in the midst of reloading things for my attempt at installing Windows 7 on the MacBook Pro. This included a wipe of OS X for good measure, which has been giving me some trouble anyway.
Part of that wipe took out my calendar and contacts–I knew I forgot to back something up, and that was it. Not to worry, though: I had them on my iPhone 3G, too. I could just merge them back on my first sync with my freshly-wiped and speedier MBP, right?
Not so fast.
I did not renew my service with MobileMe when it expired last December. Little did I know that once you sync once with the service, Apple all but owns your information.
This means that if you leave the service for whatever reason, your synced information is as good as gone if you don’t have it locally. It won’t sync with iTunes (I wondered why new appointments and contacts suddenly weren’t getting synced anymore), and there’s no way to go back to just syncing sans MobileMe. You’re stuck.
When I tried to disconnect the syncing, I found out the hard way that turning the sync off also wipes the services synced clean. Yep, even if you created the information before you even had MobileMe.
I thought I could get it back by going back to my old iPhone, signing up again for MobileMe (wasting $99), and waiting for it to sync up. Nope, didn’t work, even after I gave it 8 hours overnight to do it. The only way I could get over-the-air sync working again was to add something on the MobileMe side–which, you guessed it–wiped the iPhone clean, too.
Great. Now I’m spending my Saturday attempting to pick up the pieces of my contact list. Wasting what could be a nice day on the slopes to get appointments back in the calendar. A little peeved? You betcha.
Apple, this isn’t appropriate. You don’t own this information. I can see the e-mail service–but contacts and calendar information shouldn’t be held prisoner because I’ve decided to cancel MobileMe.
Is it wrong for me to think this way? Am I overreacting? I don’t think so. I do think if Microsoft did something like this with their service, they’d be run out of town with torches and pitchforks.