Please read carefully and patiently to understand this mess. It explains why the situation is a cluster.
In 2003, Apple launched iTunes and with it introduced iTunes Accounts. With an iTunes account you simply needed a username and password and you could purchase any of the 200,000 items for sale at the time.
In my previous post, “Merge Apple IDs for iCloud to ‘Just Work'”, I mentioned that before Apple released iCloud they really should provide a way to merge a couple of accounts. Many people have a Mobile Me email address plus another “Apple ID” for iTunes purchases. Some families share accounts for purchases.
I almost didn’t write this post. Emotionally, I wasn’t sure if I could. Steve Jobs passed away yesterday; he will be missed by many. I never thought a public figure’s death would touch my heart as it has. I cried at the news. I’ve shed tears reading how Steve impacted others lives. Steve had a great impact on me and on this world. He made a dent in the universe.
Around June of 2010, Apple refreshed the Mobile Me website. Part of that refresh was an updated webmail. In Apple’s own words:
As your inbox grows, MobileMe webmail gives you new ways to manage it — including mail rules that organize incoming messages across all your devices, single-click archiving for messages you aren’t ready to delete, and improved junk mail filtering.
Archiving is a great way for getting email out of your inbox but not deleting them. It allows for fast processing of email. Below you will find a guide for getting started with Archiving using Mobile Me on the web and your Mac.