It’s either an issue of Where’s the money? Or, Why didn’t I hear about the big sale on hard disk drives? Cloud storage services are everywhere these days.
It seems that every company of online notoriety is tempting Mac and PC users with free online storage and backup services. What’s going on? Why all the free storage? Where does a cloud storage service make any money? Why would a Mac user want to save files in the cloud?
Inquiring Minds Want To Know
Within a few short years cloud computing has become the latest trend of giveaways to attract a multitude of users. What is cloud computing?
The basic definition for Mac and PC users is that the cloud is an online storage service for files and computing services.
Apple has iCloud. Amazon has CloudDrive. Microsoft has SkyDrive. Google has Google Drive. There’s also DropBox, and a few dozen other services all of which offer something similar for free.
Storage space online, and an app that gets files from your Mac to their online servers. Yet another to enter the space is CloudMe, which aims to give you 3 GB of cloud storage to store, access, and share.
3 GB is free and you can upload up to 150 megabyte files. The Mac app (there’s also a PC and mobile version) will sync any folder on your Mac to CloudMe. This is good for photos, music, or any important files or documents you need to backup someplace besides your home or office Mac.
If you need more than 3 GB then there’s an annual fee (similar to Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google).
What makes CloudMe special and how does it stand out among a growing crowd of free cloud services? Not only is there a Mac and Windows PC app, there’s a CloudMe WebDAV app for iPhone, iPad, Android devices, Linux PCs, and even BlackBerry.
CloudMe WebShare gives you links to share to files or folders which you can send to others via email, IM, or SMS. There’s even an option which supports sharing on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
As with all other cloud storage providers, the idea is to get you hooked on the free stuff, then, as your online storage requirements grow beyond the free level, get you to cough up money to keep the service going.
CloudMe doesn’t bring much to the cloud party that’s new. It’s another me too service with a low entry price, low barrier to entry app, and the promise of more online storage if you’re willing to part with your hard-earned money.
To see how CloudMe compares to other services, check out Wil’s Do You Like iCloud Or Dropbox? Guess Who Has A Mac App For Another Free Cloud Storage Service?