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iCloud and Snow Leopard and Google Sync

So … I’m not sure what’s going on but a few weeks after Google integrated Circles into Gmail my Google Contacts are all screwed up. dd in how badly Google Contacts and Calendar sync to my iOS devices and my Mac and one begins to wonder if there might be a better way. My wife has started screaming at me that this “cloud stuff sucks”. She is very rightly frustrated that contacts she adds to her iPhone (using her Google account) don’t show up when she uses her Gmail account on her Mac and vice versa.

After watching a live conversion of a MobileMe account to iCloud — a recent Princeton MUG presentation — I took a leap of faith and removed Google Contact sync from my iOS devices and Mac and switched to using iCloud to sync my contacts. I’m an instant convert. No only did all my contacts sync immediately to my devices — something I’ve never got Google Contact sync to do — but ALL of my devices (iMac, iPad, iPhone) have the same information. And when I update any contact on my iPhone within seconds I see the information update on my Mac and my iPad. Right before my eyes. It just works!

So, now that I am hooked, I want all my Macs to sync to iCloud. Problem is … not all my Macs can run Lion. My 2006 MacBook is running Snow Leopard — the Core Duo CPU is not supported — and it appears that iCloud is a Lion only service. Does anyone know a way around this?

iCloud and Snow Leopard and Google Sync

So … I’m not sure what’s going on but a few weeks after Google integrated Circles into Gmail my Google Contacts are all screwed up. dd in how badly Google Contacts and Calendar sync to my iOS devices and my Mac and one begins to wonder if there might be a better way. My wife has started screaming at me that this “cloud stuff sucks”. She is very rightly frustrated that contacts she adds to her iPhone (using her Google account) don’t show up when she uses her Gmail account on her Mac and vice versa.

After watching a live conversion of a MobileMe account to iCloud — a recent [Princeton MUG presentation](http://pmug-nj.org) — I took a leap of faith and removed Google Contact sync from my iOS devices and Mac and switched to using iCloud to sync my contacts. I’m an instant convert. No only did all my contacts sync to my devices — something I’ve never got Google Contact sync to do — but ALL of my devices (iMac, iPad, iPhone) have the same information. And when I update any contact on my iPhone within seconds I see the information update on my Mac and my iPad. Right before my eyes. It just works!

So, now that I am hooked, I want all my Macs to sync to iCloud. Problem is … not all my Macs can run Lion. My 2006 MacBook is running Snow Leopard — the Core Duo CPU is not supported — and it seems that [iCloud is a Lion only service](http://www.apple.com/icloud/setup/mac.html). Does anyone know a way around this?