One message that caught my eye this past week had to do with the Mega app from the notorious and infamous Kim Dotcom of hacker fame. His latest deal is called Mega and offers 50GB of so-called secure cloud storage. Free.
Where’s The Jack?
As I do altogether too often, I setup a Mega account on my iPhone using the Mega app. Your files can be accessed and uploaded to Mega on the Mac using a browser window.
You can’t use just any web browser. For whatever reason, Mega doesn’t like Safari and prefers Firefox, Chrome, or Opera.
50GB is about the most cloud storage I’ve seen starting at free. Apple’s iCloud gives only 5GB for free before the meter begins to run.
Mega makes it easy to upload files to the cloud, though getting 50GB of anything uploaded takes a lot of time, and that’s what keeps me away from cloud storage as a catastrophic backup solution for my 500GB of music, photos, movies, documents, and other digital goodies.
That got me to thinking. ‘What’s the business model behind cloud storage?‘ Everyone is doing cloud storage these days so where there’s smoke there must be a fire, right?
There’s Dropbox, which I love and use. Apple’s iCloud. Microsoft’s SkyDrive. Google’s Drive. Amazon’s Cloud Drive. Box. MediaFire. MiMedia. SugarSync, and many others.
Most of them provide from 2GB of free storage up to Kim Dotcom’s Mega at 50GB of storage. ‘Where’s the Jack?’ is a phrase that refers to ‘Where’s the money?‘ Supposedly Mega and others make money when we use storage beyond the attractive free level.
But there are so many free options available that I see a budding business opportunity. An app that stores your files on many of the free online storage services but acts as a single service.
For Mac, PC, smartphone and tablet users who need files to backed up off premise, away from home or office, that’s an opportunity waiting to be filled. Instead of worrying about a 5GB limit, add 10 or 12 free services, which range from 2GB to 50GB, and have one app handle the storage up to 100 or so GB.
Where’s that app? I won’t pay for more online storage but I’d pay for that kind of app.