I subscribed last year for the "potential" of the service, thinking the year after I'll renew for the best online service for me.
At that time US$49 for Apple's promises was correct to me.
How has it turned ?
I can't send personnalized iCards with my browser of choice.
The online addressbook is not usable to me: no groups, no address selection while sending iCards, no LDAP access.
Synching Safari bookmarks ? I do not use Safari
Yes, .Mac is not software agnostic, I have the right to think Apple's apps are not always the best for me.
To summarize, I'm asked to renew a service that doesn't fullfill my expectations, that doesn't work with my applications of choice.
I'm a bit reluctant to pay US$99 a service that 's generating frustrations in me.
In the other hand there are parts of the service that I find useful and I'll lose them if I don't renew unless there's alternative...
I'm about to test drive this service:
I hope I can make an informed decision after that.