4 Replies Latest reply: Aug 4, 2008 7:24 AM by Matthew Jackson
Matthew Jackson Level 4 Level 4 (1,530 points)
Hi, what is the advantage using one over the other? I know the downside is when I use Imap I now don't have incoming mail sounds which work fine on POP accounts. Thanks.

iMac intel 24", Mac OS X (10.4.11), Intel Core 2 duo, 2.16 2GB memory, Airport Extreme Gigabit
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,130 points)
    new Mail sounds works the same in IMAP and POP.

    Personally, I don't see any advantages to a POP account. the Main advantage of IMAP is bi-derectional synchronization. This makes it easy to maintain the same mailbox status if you access Mail from several computers. It also makes it easy to recover Mail if something goes wrong with local copies of messages - you can always redownload. Finally, IMAP allows you to make server side folders which POP does not.
  • Matthew Jackson Level 4 Level 4 (1,530 points)
    Thanks for the info. As for sounds, while they should work, I can tell you on my machine they ONLY work when I set up pop accounts. My hotmail and server accounts are pop and incoming sound works. My gmail, .mac and mobile me are IMAP and incoming sounds don't. Weird...
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,130 points)
    Matthew Jackson wrote:
    Thanks for the info. As for sounds, while they should work, I can tell you on my machine they ONLY work when I set up pop accounts. My hotmail and server accounts are pop and incoming sound works. My gmail, .mac and mobile me are IMAP and incoming sounds don't. Weird...


    sorry, can't explain that one. I've got 4 IMAP accounts and one POP and they all play the incoming mail sound. try setting up Mail with one IMAP account on a new user account and see if the sound works normally there.
  • Matthew Jackson Level 4 Level 4 (1,530 points)
    Yeah, weird. The gmail is the weirdest. Won't forward to my regular account and shows read while others show the blue dot...

    Thanks