Twelve Years Later, Apple Is Still Trying To Erase Email Addresses

Apple is steadily removing references to the old and slightly less old addresses from its support documents. AppleInsider reports:

It used to be that if your email addressed ended in, you were telling the world that you are an Apple user. Now while it’s only that part of the world which is extremely geeky, you’re actually telling them that you were an Apple user on or before July 9, 2008. This email address was once championed by Apple as part of its iTools service back in 2000, and if you still have one, you have some bruises from the days of iTools, .Mac, and MobileMe before you got to today’s iCloud. If your email ends in then you got it somewhere between 2000 and 2008. If it ends in, you got it during the briefer opportunity between then and 2012. To be exact, you have still got an address because you had it and were actively using it on July 8, 2008, plus you kept your MobileMe account and - there’s more - you moved to iCloud before August 1, 2012.
Your Apple ID is tied to an email address and Apple gives you some flexibility about this, because it recognizes that we sometimes lose access to a previous address. You can change the address associated with your Apple ID and there’s a current support document about how and why you might do that. For some years, though, that page has said you’re out of luck if you want to change to an or address. You can’t do it unless you somehow already have that address associated with your account. And then in late August 2020, even that helpful information is gone. That same support page still lists what you can do with third-party email addresses. But gone are any references to and