With the continual drop in costs of storage and bandwidth, Amazon has introduced unlimited storage for their Cloud Drive product. This new offering comes in at a very affordable $60 a year.
I have been a user of Box and Dropbox for years and have never ventured into Amazon’s cloud offering but this new pricing may convince me to make the jump. Like other industries this major shift in pricing should force the hands of companies like Dropbox to lower their prices to make themselves more competitive.
“Most people have a lifetime of birthdays, vacations, holidays, and everyday moments stored across numerous devices. And, they don’t know how many gigabytes of storage they need to back all of them up,” said Josh Petersen, Director of Amazon Cloud Drive. “With the two new plans we are introducing today, customers don’t need to worry about storage space—they now have an affordable, secure solution to store unlimited amounts of photos, videos, movies, music, and files in one convenient place.”
- Unlimited Photos Plan (free 3-month trial, then $11.99 per year—equivalent of less than $1 per month): Store an infinite number of photos in Cloud Drive without worrying about taking up space on phones, cameras, or other devices. Customers can upload existing collections and store all future photos taken. This plan also includes 5 GB of additional storage for videos or other documents and files.
- Unlimited Everything Plan (free 3-month trial, then $59.99 per year—equivalent of less than $5 per month): Store an infinite number of new and existing photos, videos, files, documents, movies, and music in Cloud Drive.
You can signup for a three month free trial via this link: https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/
I know many mobile users struggle with storage space on their smartphones. I have run into this especially taking pictures. I have written about Dropbox in the past. I used it for quickly accessible storage, but the free Dropbox account starts out with only 2GB of data for free and a maximum of 16GB through referrals.
Copy has entered the mix and for a limited time they are offering 15GB to start and 5GB for each referral you bring in. You can quickly get yourself 100GB of free, non expiring cloud storage. While Copy is being very generous during their launch phase you need to keep in mind all the features you may be use to in Dropbox may not be in Copy. The biggest thing missing for me, is that the iPhone version does not offer an automated upload of your camera roll. You can still choose photos to upload but you must select them. I have actually turned this into a benefit as I now choose pictures I really want to upload verses everything. Keeping my photo library much cleaner. The Android version does offer the option to upload all your photos.
I suggest you give Copy a try. You have nothing to lose and starting with 20GB of storage I bet you will find a use.
Signup via our link and get 20GB of storage to start. You will start with 15GB during signup and then once installed on a mobile device or computer you will be credited the extra 5GB.
Follow this link to signup.
Amazon is stepping their game up as the company has announced Amazon Cloud Player that is meant to compete with Apple’s iTunes Match. With Cloud Player users are able to upload their music to the cloud and stream it to directly to their Kindle Fire, iPod Touch, iPhone or Android smartphones.
Cloud Player will also scan your music library, search for matches in Amazon’s library and upgrade your files to high quality (legit) copies.
With Amazon’s new service users can import the first 250 songs for free or go with a premium version that allows you to upload up to 250,000 songs for $25 a year. For more information or to get your Cloud Player started follow this link.
OnLive has done it again. First they made thin client gaming and now they have created a virtualized Windows 7 environment for the iPad. This development, announced at CES is going to free many iPad users from having to carry a Windows PC in addition to a laptop.
The basic service will be free and includes 2GB of storage with access to Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. A paid version of the service will be available for $9.99 a month and includes 50GB of storage and priority cloud service (faster).
Look for the app on Thursday. We will post when it shows up in the app store. To see OnLive Desktop in action follow this link.
This service will be coming to Android, Mac and PCs in the near future.
Dropbox for Android just received an update to version 2.0 which has been completely redesigned and includes a bunch of new features. New features include favorites, which allow you to star a file for quick offline access, bulk uploading, file renaming and support for Android 4.0.
Below is a full list of the new features in Dropbox version 2.0.
- Favorites – quick offline access to files
- Bulk upload – photos and videos
- Rename files and photos
- Single-tap access to all file and folder actions
- Improved gallery view
- Upload from and export to local storage
- Optimized for Android 4.0
- Numerous bug fixes and stability improvements
If you haven’t download version 2.0 of Dropbox, you get it via this link.
HTC has announced their partnership with Dropbox a cloud storage provider, that will allow all new Android smartphones from HTC to come preinstalled with the Dropbox application. Along with the preinstalled app users will also get 5 GB of free cloud storage, which is more than 2GB standard given to users when they signup for a free account.
We are waiting to see if current HTC device owners will be able to take advantage of the free 5 GB offer as well.
If youre an Android user, Im sure your familiar with the a third party Dolphin Browser. Today the company launched version 7.0 exclusively on GetJar.
With Dolphin Browser 7.0 users will be moving their mobile experience to the cloud with their newest feature Dolphin Connect. Connect allows users to sync bookmarked sites and your browsing preferences will be kept in sync across your Android devices.
We are very excited to work with GetJar, said MoboTap CEO Yongzhi Yang. With over 2 billion downloads, GetJar is an amazing marketplace for discovering great apps. Now GetJars users will have an exclusive opportunity to have more fun browsing thanks to Dolphin Connect.
Box.net has released an update of their iOS app that is compatible with Apples iOS 5, including AirPlay connectivity for wireless streaming. To celebrate this release and mock Apple’s small offering of 5 GB of data storage for free box.net is offering a promo until December 2nd that gives you 50 GB of storage at no cost.
If you already have a box.net account after installing the update your will automatically be upgraded to the 50 GB limit. If you are a new user, once registered through your iOS device you will automatically receive the 50 GB free plan. Read more