Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Dropbox and others are in on the cloud craze. Here’s the story of yet another cloud service for Mac users which has a few unique features and dares to charge you for it.
Cloud In The Cloud
The cloud is really nothing more than a storage or app server that’s connected to the internet. Apple’s iCloud is a good example and boasts a few hundred million users already.
That should tell us that online file storage– whether it’s photos in Photostream, or notes in Evernote, or our own backup system– is here to stay.
Many cloud services are free to get started, including Dropbox and iCloud, but the more storage you use, the pricing meter begins ticking.
If you want to share files online instead of trying to send large photos or documents or zipped folders of files via email, there’s Cloud, a free app and a not-quite-so-free online service.
You pay for Cloud storage by the month, and pricing starts at a mere $5, but don’t consider this an option to store all your iPhoto photos, or iTunes music, or iMovie movie clips. That’s not what it does.
Instead, Cloud is there to make it easier for you to share photos, images, links, music and video files, as well as documents of any kind– with other users.
Upload the aforementioned files to be shared, and Cloud stores them and then gives you a link that you send to friends and co-workers so they can download the files.
That might be the easiest way to share large files online. There are some caveats, though. While you can share unlimited files each day, uploaded files have a limit of 250MB, which is good for photos, files, and music, but not so much for video clips.
Cloud also offers a domain link so you can use your own domain name to link to the files even though they’re stored on Cloud’s servers. On an annual basis, the cost per month is actually quite low, although the monthly limit of uploaded files remains at 250MB a day (or, about 7.5GB per month).
As cloud services go, only Apple’s iCloud is simpler and easier to use, and it’s not free, either.