Currently Being ModeratedJul 13, 2012 7:35 AM (in response to Winston Churchill)
Thank you, Winston. Actually, I only have one Apple ID and it is with a non-me address. Since I cannot change my non-me address with my new me address that iCloud forced me to create, I guess I'll just live with what I have. Thank you very much.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 13, 2012 7:41 AM (in response to jeanthebean)
The @me address you created when you signed up for an iCloud account is automatically ALSO set up as an AppleID. Since your other email is alreay in use as an active AppleID, no, you cannot change an active AppleID email address with another email address already in use as an active AppleID.
In other words, you now have two AppleIDs, your pre-exisiting one, and your new @me.com email address. You need never actually use the @me address as an AppleID for anything if you do not wish to, but you cannot replace your existing AppleID with the new one, nor can you merge the two.
Since purchases are tied (permanently) to the AppleID used whey purchasing, you probably just want to keep using the one you already have been using. If you ever need an alternate AppleID (for iMessage, for example - useful if you share an AppleID for purchases with a spouse but want each of you to have a unique iMessage account) you can use the @me address instead.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 16, 2012 8:13 PM (in response to jeanthebean)
This post is Great, it answered my questions as well. There is only one more thing bothering me.
I wanna use my @me email as my new main email adress ( for work and school) So if im understanding this right then that means my @me password will always be the same as my apple id password. Correct? Also, when it Changes to @ icloud.com, does that mean that people can email me at @me.com or @icloud.com and it will just end up in the same mailbox?
Currently Being ModeratedJul 16, 2012 8:53 PM (in response to jeanthebean)
You can use your "extinct" @charter.net as your Apple ID - no change is required. Your @me.com ID is your iCloud ID, and it is where your emails and iCloud stuff will go. Your Apple ID will be used to for your Store purchases, and your @me.com ID will be used for iCloud services.
Here is a great link that will help to explain it all. Be sure to look at the FAQs as they have answers to a lot of the questions you asked. Also, be sure to put your @me.com address as an Alternate Address on your @charter.net Apple ID.
Just think of your Apple ID name as just that - a name. Even though it "looks like" an email address (and once was one), it is only a name to Apple - a User ID, if you will. So, whatever it is, it will continue to work without any problems for your purchases. Then your @me.com "iCloud ID" will be the one that is used for all of your iCloud services including mail, photo streaming, etc.
Hope this helps....here is the link to (hopefully) finding answers to all of your questions! Read the information in the second bullet, and both of the FAQs.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 16, 2012 9:08 PM (in response to gail from maine)
if its just a domain name then why would we continue to recieve emails on it for thisngs like genius bar confermations or apple reciepts?? you would still have to check it, so therefor it is not " only a domain name"
So let me get this straight..
in order to get an @me or @icloud mail address you first have to create an apple id, but but buuuuutt in order to create an apple id you have to use an email address thats neither of the two. example: GMAIL.
and then once you've created an apple id using GMAIL uthen have to make an @me or @icloud account to use mail??? Why wouldn't apple just allow you to use one of their domain names as an apple id instead of forcing us to use one one of their competitors?? (GMAIL)
makes nooooo sense whatsoever :confused:
Currently Being ModeratedJul 16, 2012 9:36 PM (in response to Macness89)
No, if you do not have an Apple ID, then you when you initially set it up, you would create it using your @me.com address as your ID. This situation was for a person who had an Apple ID that was not using an @me.com address as the ID. They had not gotten an @me.com address at the time they origianlly set up their Apple ID, so they used whatever email address they were using at the time.
Then they got an @me.com address, which, by default, sets up a second Apple ID. In that situation, you have two Apple IDs, and the link I provided has information about how to work with two Apple IDs. Ideally, you wouldn't have two, but that is not always possible.
As far as getting emails for genius bar confirmations, the whole discussion centered around the fact that the email address used for the original Apple ID was defunct. So, in that case, the emails would have to go to the Alternate Email Address set up on that original Apple ID account, which would be the @me.com address.
Apple ID #1: email@example.com (ID and primary email address - purchases)
Alternate Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Apple ID #2: email@example.com (ID and primary email address - iCloud)
Alternate Address: none
Since the AppleID #1 has a defunct primary email address, all emails will go to the Alternate.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 16, 2012 11:18 PM (in response to Macness89)
Well, first of all there is not @icloud.com address - the iCloud address uses @me.com. Again, if you have an @me.com address, that is already set up as an Apple ID, and you just go in an edit it.....
Here is a link which will walk you through editing an existing, or adding a new Apple ID:
Hope this helps!