Has your dream Mobile Me username long since been taken by someone else? Are you, like me, ridiculously bothered by the crapsthetics of a less-than-ideal username sitting on your desktop? I bring (possible) good news!
Apple has traditionally kept .Mac usernames on hold, even if an account was inactive. In other words, if a user stopped paying for .Mac, their username would still be considered "in use".
On Friday, with Mobile Me, Apple has officially reset all of these unused accounts.
That means a potentially large pool of previously taken — but idle — usernames is now available! Thanks to this, I managed to finally snag "cabel" (someone had it!?). Les here in the office got, yes, "les".
So, assuming you care, head on over to the Mobile Me signup page — if you make it to page two without an error, you win!
(Was two fewer characters on my desktop icon work an additional $99? Yes. It was. Leave me alone.)
Note: these newly-available names cannot be used as mail aliases. I originally tried setting up a mail alias for "cabel", but I was told it was in use. When I set up the account from scratch, it worked.