It seems that Apple may already be preparing to make some major changes to MobileMe. They have removed the service from their stores; that is the online store as well as their retail locations. They are completely gone without a trace.
What's interesting, however, is that one can still go and sign up for a free trial of the service by going straight to the MobileMe website (We may go do that now. What? Hey, we like Apple products, but we aren't going to pay that much for storage space.)
It's also being reported by AppleInsider that both the single user and family packs of the MobileMe software have been declared as "end of life" by the Cupertino-based company. Furthermore, they report that the service will go down tonight for about half an hour for some scheduled maintenance.
Some may remember that the New York Times reported on this a few weeks back, but the free MobileMe rumor has been floating around for some time now, and Apple may be preparing to offer the service at no charge in the near future. The scheduling also seems appropriate as they will probably be announcing some details on this on March 2, when they unveil the iPad 2.
This will be a nice feature, mainly because so many services already offer online storage for free.