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When you sign up for any Google service, you're creating a Google account, which will be available across all of Google's services. Canceling everything except Gmail might be tricky.
I wish to cancel all Google except for Gmail. Seems impossible. Any help?
In this excerpt from Answercast #10, I explore the relationship among services offered by different providers (including Google, MSN, etc.); I look at the possibility of using just a few those services and a way (perhaps) to avoid getting the whole package.
What most people don't realize is that when you sign up for a service like Gmail (the same is true for Hotmail), what you're actually establishing is a Google account. One of the services that is available through Google is Gmail.
There is really no concept of a Google account that does not have access to all the other things that are associated with Google. You may not use them. They may not even be enabled per se, but certainly most of the common ones are there whether you use them or not; apparently whether you want them or not!
The same is very true for Hotmail. I see this all the time with people who confuse the fact that their Hotmail email account is also the same as their Windows Live Messenger, Instant Messaging account. They try to close one while continuing to use the other. It doesn't work that way. They are the same account; those are just two features in that same account.
So the short answer to your question is, "No." I believe you're right; I believe it is impossible.
The only thing you might consider doing (if you're trying to leave some existing stuff behind) is to completely close your Google account, and then open a new Google account that only uses email. You'll have access to all that other stuff, but you won't have the baggage of whatever you happened to have used it for in the past.
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