Then I'm right back where I was when I posted the original message. Who, in their right mind would give up ownership to thousands of dollars or music and apps purchased from the iTunes Store. I can Google this problem and easily see many, many people have the same issue so I'll just sit on it for awhile and hopefully Apple will one day fix the problem...which can't be all that difficult.
I'm glad I'm not the only one (actually when Googling this there are many with the same issue). I agree...this is once I think Apple is making a mistake, because they could get so many people to jump the Gmail ship here, but I'm not giving up all my music, apps, movies, etc. I've purchased via iTunes for the privilege to use my @me.com mail account, which isn't as good as Gmail, anyway. And I'm sure not going to use two Apple IDs, especially when one would be an email address that wasn't used any longer. I would give up Gmail, though, just to be 100% Apple. Oh, well...
I am also having the same problem. Right now my Apple ID is an email address I wish to stop using as I will change to my me.com address as soon as possible. With things the way they are currently, I need to retain this old address for the sole purpose of receiving messages from Apple.
My old address is on a domain which I pay for but no longer need/use. Keeping this address active is not only incontinent but it's also costing me hosting fees. I guess my only option is to create (yet another) email address with a free provider e.g. Google and then switch to that as my Apple ID.
There may well be reasons for the lack of flexibility with Apple's systems but right now it's not clear to me. I know it's not the biggest problem but I like things to be tidy and organised and hanging onto old email addresses is just clutter as far as I'm concerned.
I've just been into an apple store to ask about this...
I too originally signed up to Apple with old gmail address. I have been maintaining it because I thought I had to.
What I found out tonight is that the Apple ID is JUST A NAME.
You can go into 'Manage Apple ID' and change your primary email address to your @me and you can also delete the secondary gmail address. Leaving just one email address - the @me one.
I found out I actually have two Apple IDs but they are linked. If I type in my @me address as my apple ID it signs into the same account. The only legacy is that on my devices it lists my old gmail email address as my ID - no big deal I reckon!
Thank you so much - I had the same problem as many of the other posts re me.com but now have managed to change my email address that iTunes and apple use to correspond with me, even if I havent managed to change my Apple ID! So I can say goodbye to my old tiscali.co.uk email - hooray!
All I did was to go to http://store.apple.com/uk/account/home and on the left hand side went to Update your Apple ID email address and password, and signed in and went into the section on payment information by pressing edit and once in their I was able to change my email!
As the OP I have one last question on this subject. If I change my Apple ID from my current email address (it's my email address everywhere on Apple, including iTunes) to a simple word...not an email address, what happens? I will leave the email address associated with my Apple ID as it is now (current email address) but by changing my Apple ID to just a word will that mess up anything in iTunes with all my many years of purchase in Music and Apps?
NOTE: Disregard this post...just read where an Apple ID must be an email address. I remember with .Mac and MobileMe the Apple ID could be a username...I actually had one, but I guess not anymore.
Changing email in payment section actually let me have firstname.lastname@example.org as my primary email! Thank you Scrumptious22
Then when I logged in at appleid.apple.com, I was advised to set my apple ID and primary email to equal, but NO WAY if I'm going to do that...
So now my apple ID can just remain email@example.com until Apple can fix the @me.com "bug" for apple ID, because all mail and receipts comes to my primary email and not my apple ID email.
Guess I can live with a gmail account a little longer so long as nothing but spam from misc net communities gets there.