.Mac subscribers reach 180,000

Apple today released figures showing subscribers to its new .Mac services have grown to 180,000. On September 17, the company reached the 100,000 mark after launching the service two months earlier at Macworld Expo in New York.

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"The launch of .Mac has been a phenomenal success," said Sina Tamaddon, Apple's senior vice president of Applications in a statement today. "And now we're adding iSync support in .Mac, enabling users to synchronize their calendars and address books across multiple Macs connected to the Internet."

Available for US$99.95 per year, Apple's .Mac service offers customers 100MB of Internet storage capacity, hosting for home pages, the ability to share files and calendars via Apple's recently released iCal calendar application, file backup capabilities, anti-virus protection and e-mail service through IMAP, POP and Webmail-based services. .Mac has been made available to existing iTools for a reduced price of $49.95 for the first year.

Last Friday, just days before the deadline to sign-up for the service, Apple extended the deadline for another two weeks, giving users until Oct. 14 to make their decision.

On Oct. 15, Apple will delete any information on their servers from existing iTools that did not sign up for the .Mac service. Usernames will be available indefinitely and can still be used as an iChat login the company told MacCentral last week.

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