As much as I like my Google storage space (80gigs), my SugarSync (20 gigs free), Dropbox (4 gigs free), I have to admit that cloud storage is a bit scattered. I’m obviously overpaying Google ($20 a year for 80+ gigs) since I only use about 10 gigs. But if I were able to interact with Google the way I do with Dropbox, I’d easily use it a LOT more. Darn, I sure wish Google storage was a bit more like Dropbox or SugarSync…hmm.
- 5 gigs free to start with. That’s my entire music collection (well, I don’t listen to all that much)…or about 1200 songs
- 20 gig bump when you buy an album of music from Amazon (gee, how much is that?)
- Songs purchased from Amazon don’t count against your storage on Amazon.
- Amazon Cloud Player which is like iTunes in the cloud…wow! I didn’t like iTunes because 1) It’s proprietary; 2) It’s computer-based…I float among different operating systems and computers in my work by necessity. Sitting on one machine would be crazy. Cloud storage works and I don’t have to carry portable hard drives around (although they are great).
- If I want to listen to music, I can catch it anywhere via the Amazon Cloud Player.
- The music has to be DRM free. That means I can upload all my DRM free music!
- I can listen to music in the cloud via my Android phone. Neat!
- I can upload music (MP3/AAC formats only) from my computer. Too bad…all my songs are in OGG format.
- You can buy more gigabytes at a $1 per year. Hmm…let me think about that.
- Doesn’t work on IOS, but to be honest, I’m Android.
- Lacks an easy interface to use to do mass uploads of documents, etc. I really miss Dropbox’s simplicity, or even SugarSync’s Magic Briefcase. Too bad there isn’t a desktop app (Amazon, don’t forget GNU/Linux when you’re designing it, ok?)
- A 2gig file limit per file? C’mon, give me a break. You’re running this on GNU/Linux servers I bet, so why can’t the individual file size be bigger?
- How easy it is for me to move files accidentally uploaded from one folder to another? Say, I accidentally upload 100 documents to my Video folder.
- Is it really going to take 8 hours to upload these files? What happens if I want to go to sleep (or the computer does)? Will I have to restart in the middle? how will I know where the middle is?
Answer to that last question: Not 8 hours. My browser–Chromium on Peppermint ICE–just quit with 7 hours remaining to the upload. Oh well.
Here’s part of the letter from Amazon when you visit their site today….
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