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Question about content ownership and no Gallery replacement
Authored by: gabester on Feb 01, '12 10:21:56AM

One of the things I've liked about MobileMe and its predecessor iTools is that the license terms were very favorable to me retaining ownership of my content. I haven't reviewed iClouds terms and compared it to a modern Flickr, Google, or other host's terms, but I have a feeling that they all now contain a clause effectively stating that the company may use any content you post in any way they see fit (obviously marketing either internally or reselling that data.)

This is my primary reason to be reluctant to use iCloud.

Another reason has already been cited - there's no hint of what will happen to existing MobileMe Galleries and no clear replacement in the works. Photostream is a neat feature but it is a complement to not a supplement of Galleries.

Given that email and Galleries are the two major uses I enjoy with MM, as well as the family pack and the ability to post any file in my iDisk or use iWeb or other tools to publish a website, I'm just not seeing the benefits of iCloud.

It seems like MobileMe was much more designed for the Web 1.0 era of sharing content whereas iCloud seems more focused on the Web 2.0 era where we're all expected to turn inwards and tweet, push, and disseminate everything about me myself and I without actually being able to share any meaningful content with anyone else. iCloud seems like it's great for linking my stuff on all my devices right now... but not so useful for those things I really enjoy with MobileMe.



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