So if I'm getting this right... I need to have an email address from a provider OTHER THAN Apple, right? I cannot start off completely with Apple?
I wanted to have all my apple devices linked completely with Apple. An Apple email address, an apple itunes store account, etc. Its pretty much that way now, except that it was built during the @mac.com days and I wanted to change what preceds @mac.com to something else.
An apple id used to be something given be apple back in 08. Now it needs to be an already functioning email address. weird!
Yes, you described the requirements accurately. You must first establish an email address that does not use a domain owned by Apple e.g. not .mac .me .icloud . Once you do that you can create a .icloud address, which will also create an "Alternate Apple ID" of firstname.lastname@example.org (for example) that you can use to log in here or the iTunes Store. Does that make sense?
yup... let me just summarize it...
make an email id with another service provider... say identifierX@gmail.com
register this id as your apple id.
now will i automatically get identifierX@icloud.com or will i have to try for it?
i just want to be sure that identifierX in @gmail.com is same as @icloud.com
i have a hard time keeping my online presence in perspective if all the various ids are of a different name.
... now will i automatically get identifierX@icloud.com or will i have to try for it?
This will address that concern and everything else Neerav:
... i have a hard time keeping my online presence in perspective if all the various ids are of a different name.
I know. It is best to create one and only one Apple ID, and give equal consideration to the iCloud email you choose. Remember that you can change that Apple ID whenever you wish, but do not create a new one unless that is truly what you want to do. Many people make that mistake.