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Yep. I rarely run into people who use their iCloud email, and that goes for both the technically inclined and the average users.

Locking things down like this seems to have some serious negatives that Apple needs to reconsider their approach for.

But you don't need to have your iCloud mail set as the primary mail for your AppleID. You don't even need to create an iCloud mail when you create an iCloud/AppleID account, it's an optional step. I recently created another iCloud test account and it's also not shoved in your face or anything, it's a small little button called "Don't have an email address?" somewhere.

So I don't even really understand how people get into this situation.

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