Currently Being ModeratedOct 12, 2011 5:09 PM (in response to Chris Dondanville)
It looks like I'm in the same boat... I THINK I can dump my MobileMe account (I don't use that email address) and sync everything to my iTunes Apple ID before I get in too deep with iCloud.
I can't believe how much of a headache this process has been so far.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 12, 2011 5:20 PM (in response to Topmounter)
I am going to do the same, but I have to throw away 6 mos of free iCloud, which stinks. Also if I remember correctly this is a problem because they wouldn't let me use my existing apple ID (the short one) when I signed up for .mac as it was not an email address. Arf.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 12, 2011 5:27 PM (in response to Chris Dondanville)
You can use 2 apple ids with iCloud. The MobileMe email address will be your apple I'd to sign into and begin the set up with the ios5 and iCloud. Once you gave mcompleted the set up, go to settings, store, and put in your user name and password that is attached to your iTunes account and that way you can use both email addresses with iCloud. Please click on the link to get a better understanding.
Scroll does to MobileMe accounts. I hope this helps!
So if you have an old @mac.com e-mail address then you can use that to start up iOS-5 & iCloud? Then go into iTunes and use that Apple ID to set up iTunes with iCloud?
When @mac migrated over to MobileMe we kept the old e-mail address @mac.com and it worked with the same name but @me.com. So in reality it was one account but you could use either. Is that the case with iCloud? Would I still have my original @mac.com embedded within the iCloud account as it had done with MobileMe?
Who can answer all these questions? Applecare, MobileMe or the Genius bar?
Currently Being ModeratedOct 12, 2011 6:21 PM (in response to Chris Dondanville)
I'm having the same issue. when i went into my new apple id that was created by icloud it said the email@example.com email address was validated by a different account. After some digging i found it was the xxx apple id which hasnt been deleted. I would have assumed when i moved over from me.com to icloud it would have deleted the old account and set up the new one. I seem to have icloud synced to the firstname.lastname@example.org account and itunes set up for the xxx account but apple could really do with merging them!
Currently Being ModeratedOct 12, 2011 6:31 PM (in response to joelfromnorwich)
This is getting way to complicated
Where do you go to get real time answers? MobileMe, Applecare or the Genius bar?
For that matter can you upgrade to iOS-5 without messing with iCloud?
Currently Being ModeratedOct 12, 2011 6:38 PM (in response to atomicluck1)
You will have a your normal appleId for itunes (John_doe) and then email@example.com for icloud.
I've given up now. https://appleid.apple.com/ isnt working any more either.
I have emailed itunes support via the (not very) express lane
https://expresslane.apple.com/ for itunes as icloud and mobileme wanted me to chat for which i was put in a massive queue.
its getting on for 3am now and I have to be up in 3 hours so i'll see what tomorrow brings.
This is shockingly bad. Did they not test this while in beta???
Currently Being ModeratedOct 13, 2011 7:17 AM (in response to ipf.mcd)
Yes this is an known issue Apple is expecting a great number of users to have to do (currently – there is semi-substantiated rumours they are designing a Apple ID merging system; but I'll believe that when I see it).
I (and almost everyone I know) have an issue like this:
Before we signed up to me.com we all had our iTunes Apple ID's. But annoyingly, Apple automatically sets-up a new Apple ID for all me.com email addresses as well. So we all had:
(1) our original Apple ID: "whatever" (usually we used a NON-email address for this, eg. ""firstname.lastname")
Then we went into appleid.apple.com and made the contact email our new me.com address.
(2) then we ALSO had the auto set-up me.com Apple ID, always the full email: eg. firstname.lastname@example.org
We all ignored this Apple ID, and NEVER used it to log into anything Store related (just used for the email/contacts/etc. set-ups).
For this new stuff you should do this:
(3) make sure you use the FULL email (ie. example #2 above) for the set-up and use of your Apple ID for anything "iCloud" related.
(4) make sure you use only the ALIAS part of the email [just the front bit before the @, in my case above] (ie. example #1 above) for the set-up and use of your Apple ID for anything "iTunes" related (basically all the stores, iTunes/Mac App Store).
- on iOS devices go into Settings>Store and log-in using your iTunes Apple ID there.
- on Macs, in iTunes AND the Mac App Store, make sure your logged-in using your iTunes Apple ID there.
So yes, you have to use two Apple ID's (one for iCloud, one for iTunes/MAS) for the moment.
This is annoying as they are (a) forcing you to use TWO Apple ID's, & (b) they are forcing you to use the full email address for your iCloud Apple ID (though perhaps understandable, as everyone is being issued a me.com for the iCloud service, so this may help people to remember the exact email domain address they are using when logging in).
Hope this helps. — well, at least until Apple fix so accounts can be merged in the future sometime, one wonders! ;-)