Your Questions About Mobileme Control Panel

Mark asks…

Apple’s MobileMe Control Panel?

So I installed iTunes for my PC a few months ago for my iPod. Now I get this update for MobileMe. I don’t even know I had that one installed! I know I only installed iTunes and Quick Time. I don’t really understand what this MobileMe is. I don’t think I need this program, is it possible to uninstall it? Would my iPod be drastically affected?

Jay answers:

Okay, this happened to me to, and this is what it does. When you install iTunes, Apple secretly install MobileMe on to your computer too, without warning. There’s nothing you can do to stop getting it, Apple basically makes you get. And trust me, Apple is infamous for this.

Really, if you don’t have the iPhone, MobileMe is just the biggest waste of space on your hard drive. What it does is keeps all your contacts, notes, system backups, prefs. And games safe and secure on Apples servers.

Another reason you don’t need this is because it’s about $100 a month if I’m not mistaken. So, yeah, go and delete it now if you know what’s good for you.

Lizzie asks…

What is MobileMe control panel?

Jay answers:

The MobileMe Control Panel for Windows (which enables MobileMe sync in addition to providing easy access to your web iDisk and Account settings on a PC) is now available as a separate download from the MobileMe PC Setup page or your account page on me.com. If you already have the MobileMe Control Panel for Windows installed, upgrading to the latest version of iTunes (iTunes 8 was released on 9/9/08) will automatically update the control panel as well. But If the control panel is not already there, iTunes will not automatically install it. Also, the control panel will appear as an optional download whenever you run Apple Software Update on Windows.

Linda asks…

What is Mobileme in control panel?

it is in add/remove.

Jay answers:

Mobile Me is a service that you can buy from Apple for $99/year. It gives you email, a web site, online calendaring, and several other “cloud” services. It sounds to me like you have the Windows version of the client software to manage a Mobile Me account.

Michael asks…

How do I get rid of MobileMe………..it has appeared in the Control Panel from somewhere?

Jay answers:

Manually remove all references to MobileMe Preferences from the Control Panel
If you have an iPod touch or an iPhone and do not wish to remove the support for these devices, then this is the route that you will want to take to remove the MobileMe Preferences icon from your Control Panel as it will leave the device drivers and other services required intact for these devices to work correctly.

First of all, you will need to create a Windows Registry file with the instructions for removing the unique class IDs (or “CLSID”) from the registry. To do this, simply open Notepad (located at Start > Accessories > Notepad) and paste the following text:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{F6A79154-325B-11DD-B509-C7F855D89593}]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerControlPanelNameSpace{F6A79154-325B-11DD-B509-C7F855D89593}]Save this file to your desktop by clicking on File and then click Save As, choosing the Desktop as the location, and then use “Remove MobileMe.reg” as the file name. Once you’ve done that, click on Save to commit the file to your hard disk.

Now you will need to merge the file to the registry to remove the references to MobileMe.

Windows XP:

Double click on the “Remove MobileMe.reg” file that you saved in the steps above.
If a dialog appears asking if you want to open the file, click on Open.
You will then be prompted by the Windows Registry Editor to merge the changes to the registry, click on Yes.
You should then see a dialog stating that “Remove MobileMe.reg” was merged successfully, go ahead and click on OK.
Windows Vista:

Double click on the “Remove MobileMe.reg” file that you saved in the steps above.
If you are prompted by User Account Control, provide consent by clicking “Continue” or provide the appropriate credentials.
You will then be prompted by the Windows Registry Editor to merge the changes to the registry, click on Yes.
You should then see a dialog stating that “Remove MobileMe.reg” was merged successfully, go ahead and click on OK.
Once you have completed the instructions above (whichever is applicable for the version of Windows that you are using), you can open the Control Panel by going to Start > Control Panel and look for MobileMe Preferences, it should no longer exist in the control panel.

Side note: The files for the MobileMe Preferences application are still on your hard drive. If you would like to remove them as well:

Using Windows Explorer, navigate to X:Program FilesCommon FilesAppleMobile Device Supportbin (where X is the letter of the hard drive that contains your Windows installation).
Delete AppleSyncPref.exe and AppleSyncPref.resources.
Please note that when you reinstall or upgrade iTunes, it will also reinstall the MobileMe Preferences icon in your Control Panel, so you must follow these instructions each time you update iTunes in order to keep it out of the Control Panel; the easiest way to do this is by following Method Two above to keep a simple file on your hard disk to do the dirty work for you.

Ken asks…

Do I need MobileMe and Bonjour from Apple to download music from pc to ipod?

I am just goin through all my programs in the control panel and as I am not a computer expert, I just wondered why I need the MobileMe and Bonjour programs from apple when all I do is download my cds onto my PC and then onto my Ipod. Do I need these 2 programs?

Jay answers:

All you need to get music from your computer onto your iPod is a program called iTunes. It is basically Apple’s music library program which can hold: music, movies, TV Shows, iPhone applications and more. It also comes with the online iTunes Store, containing millions of items.

MobileMe is an Apple subscription service which can keep your iPod, iPhone, Mac and/or PC in sync with each other.

I am not quite sure as to what Bonjour is, but it is not essential for computer-to-iPod tasks.

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