Who among Apple’s growing customer base of a billion or so earthlings does not use iCloud? I know. Some. Yet iCloud has become our de facto iOS backup system and iCloud Drive makes storing photos from Photos on the Mac far easier and safer than ever.
Cloud storage is here to stay but online storage costs money and most of us probably don’t need to fork over $10 to $20 a month when free cloud services abound. What the world needs is a single app that connects to all your free cloud storage services but treats the collective as a single storage. With me so far?
Time. Is. Now.
The way things work is this. Most of the major cloud storage players have a free tier of online storage that ranges from 2 GB to 15GB and points in between. iCloud is free for up to 5GB. iCloud Drive, Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Box, and others give users up to 15 GB each of free storage, and most of the good ones have a Mac app that works in the Finder.
Instead of worrying about which cloud storage service has whatever amount of used storage, I want a Mac app that treats all of them as if they were a single online storage source. Do the math.
Dropbox gives 2 GB free. Google gives 15 GB. Microsoft gives 15 GB (you have to ask). Box gives 10 GB. iCloud gives 5 GB. Those alone get you pretty close to 50 GB of free online storage but you have to manage each one individually.
What if there was a Mac app that would combine all those cloud storage services and their free tiers but treat them as a single storage location on your Mac. How cool is that idea?
The CloudMounter app moves in the right direction because it connects your Mac to a variety of online sources, but each one still needs individual management, and the combined online accounts are not treated as an individual volume of storage.
ExpanDrive also in the Mac’s Finder, connects to a bunch of cloud storage services, including Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Box, Backblaze, and others (except iCloud Drive)– including sFTP or WebDAV servers or Windows File Sharing. The app even works within Finder popup dialog boxes, including Open… and Save As… so whatever app you’re using can save files to a cloud service.
The problem is each of those online storage services shows up in the Finder as an individually connected cloud service. What I want is a single Finder icon where I can backup or store files as a single volume and have the application sort out which file goes onto which cloud service.
That would be very cool.