According to what look to be leaked screens of the upcoming iPhone firmware, .Mac push email could be coming to the iPhone. A new "Fetch new data" button will lead to the list of email accounts (in the picture here). Notice that some are listed as "fetch" while .Mac is listed as "push." And while we realize that even the hardcore Apple fanbase tends to steer clear of .Mac, there are bound to be like, 5 or 6 people who are just thrilled. [TUAW]
Oh yeah, I forgot about one of the coolest .Mac features. You get a public folder on your idisk where you can upload and download files that are too large to email (similar to an ftp site). I used to use this a lot for sharing music with my friends until Mojo came along. Still useful for sending large files though.
I understand that you can get most of .Mac's features for free online through different web sites, but the seamless integration between .Mac and Apple's software makes it well worth the $8/month price tag.
"And while we realize that even the hardcore Apple fanbase tends to steer clear of .Mac, there are bound to be like, 5 or 6 people who are just thrilled." More like a million +. Why do you think that Mac fans tend to steer clear of .Mac? According to the .mac for developers page on Apple's web site, the number of .Mac members is now over a million, and it has nearly doubled in the past two years.
Also, just got an email from Apple saying that .Mac members can save $30 off of iLife '08. If you haven't upgraded since iLife '08 came out, I highly recommend it. Lots of functionality added and allows you to do a lot of the .mac stuff.