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Odds and Ends: .Mac promising software that is no longer available

Odds and Ends: .Mac promising software that is no longer available

.Mac promising software that is no longer available MacFixIt reader John Hayes points out that Apple is advertising software that is no longer complimentary on the main page for .Mac.

"They are advertising '.Mac exclusives' as an incentive to pay $99 for .mac. when you click on http://www.mac.com/1/memberbenefits.html it lists 25 member benefits. when you sign up and go to the "perks of membership page" all 25 are listed there, but only about 8 of them have live hyperlinks. For instance, I wanted to receive my free copy of Chronos Stickybrain2

"The e-mail I received from Apple read: 'Thank you for taking the time to write to us. Unfortunately, the StickyBrain software is no longer a current membership benefit. For a list of the current benefits, log in with your username and password and click on 'Member Benefits' on the left. If an item is in blue and has an active link, the benefit is current. If it is listed in black and has no link, it has expired. "

"So in my opinion, .Mac is being deceptive making you think that there are more free software offers than actually exist. Nowhere on either page does is say that any of the offers are expired. no where on either page does it say what an offer in 'black text means'"

Note that the page also states: "Don't miss out! Offers are for a limited time only. .Mac members have already received:..," but nowhere does it indicate explicitly which offers are no longer in effect.

UPDATE: Several readers have now pointed out a few sentences in the .Mac agreement terms that state:

"Subject to any specific license agreements for various .Mac software features (including third party software), Apple may change, suspend or discontinue any (or all) aspects of .Mac at any time, including the availability of any .Mac feature. Apple may also impose limits on the use of or access to certain features or portions of .Mac, or restrict your access to any part or all of .Mac, in all cases without notice or liability. You must read and accept any separate software or other license agreement or terms of use for particular products, services or features of .Mac, if you elect to use those products, services or features."

Feedback? Late-breakers@macfixit.com.

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