Amazon has released the Cloud Drive desktop application for even easier access to your files and music that are stored on their cloud servers.
Also keep in mind that if you do buy storage from Amazon, you get all of your MP3 storage for free.
Nice to see a major corporation that uses Linux to make a boatload of cash shun Linux desktop users.
I did the same but I believe the 20GB for buying the album is only good for a year then you have to re-up.
This is correct; the free 20 GB was good for a year, then they downgrade you to the free 5 GB plan.
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Amazon’s cloud efforts started in the enterprise with its scalable cloud servers and virtualization technologies, and only in 2011 did they branch out into the consumer market.
Sharing files is also a snap due to the sharing options built into the desktop software and the right click menus.
But Amazon’s limited feature set forces the user to use the website to do anything but uploading.
In August of 2014, Dropbox finally replaced their paid pricing models with a single $99 a year Pro tier ($9.99 a month) which gives you 1 TB of storage in addition to a few additional features. Throughout my tests, I did notice that Amazon Cloud Drive was a bit more consistent with its average download speeds, though Dropbox countered that by consistently hitting a faster max speed. The majority of Amazon Cloud Drive’s features are built into the website, as stated above, but they do have a few feature limited applications outside of the website. Amazon does offer Amazon Photos apps for just iOS and Android as well as an SDK for developers. Dropbox, on the other hand, offers their desktop syncing software on Windows, Mac OSX, and even Linux.
Furthermore, Dropbox offers fully featured mobile apps on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8 and 10, and even Blackberry. If you happen to need an unlimited cloud box to upload files to and you don’t tend to interact with those files very much, Amazon is the most price conscious option available, especially if you only care about photos. Mike has nurtured a passion for all things tech for over ten years as a hobbyist, retailer, tech supporter, and spreadsheet jockey. You might want to revisit Amazon’s offerring since they have changed restrictions on video and music storage. Great review, I’d love to see an update now that Dropbox has tried out and abandoned their photo app Carousel, and since Amazon has changed features and pricing (late 2015 both). Now onwards, Cloud Drive users can easily access the app just from an icon on computer desktop. Unfortunately, the app still needs some improvement as it lacks file syncing functionality unlike other competing services of Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive and SugarSync. If you have an Amazon account, you also have five gigabytes of free online storage for your files at your disposal through the Amazon Cloud Drive service. That changed Wednesday with Amazon's release of a free desktop program for its cloud storage service. When the drive app is running, you can send files to the cloud by right-clicking on a file on your computer, hovering over the "send to" option and choosing Amazon Cloud Drive from the "send to" menu.
You can also upload files to the cloud drive by dragging them to the cloud icon that appears in the system tray. When you want to download or manage files on your cloud drive, you have to access it via a web browser.


Amazon Cloud Drive interfaceWebsite access to files doesn't seem as convenient to me as the kind of local file management that can be done with Dropbox, Google Drive, and SkyDrive.
Nevertheless, the new Amazon software at least makes saving digital content to the company's cloud drive much easier and makes the service more useful. PCWorld helps you navigate the PC ecosystem to find the products you want and the advice you need to get the job done.
With the desktop client (available for both PC and Mac), you can simply drag and drop your files onto the desktop icon for instant uploading to the cloud, then have access to them from any of your mobile devices that have a web connection.
Dropbox started as a consumer cloud service in 2008, gained popularity, and eventually branched out to become one of the most ubiquitous business-class cloud and collaboration drives in the industry. Amazon dominates the enterprise market, even with such stiff competition as Microsoft’s Azure platform, but their consumer cloud efforts are largely unproven. Their desktop software essentially puts your Dropbox on your computer, within a folder, with all your Dropbox files in it. Dropbox lets you interact with your cloud files in the same way that you would with any other files on the computer.
Uploading is a snap, as you can just drag and drop files into the uploader tool or on the website. It’s a simple interface, but not as convenient as having all your files synced in a folder on your computer. Amazon’s simplicity may make it easier for someone who’s never used a cloud storage service before, but I still think the consistency of interaction that comes with a synced file folder is still easier to get used to. Unfortunately, both services keep encryption keys on their end, meaning your data is not secured from their employees prying eyes or from government searches.
For a stupidly cheap $12 per year, you can choose to have unlimited photo storage and 5 GB of storage for everything else.
They do also offer an “as much storage as you need” option for businesses that costs $15 per user per month, but it’s clearly not meant for average consumers. Dropbox does not offer an unlimited tier, at least for consumers, and costs a full $40 per year more for limited storage.
Dropbox was consistently just a tad bit faster on uploads, but not enough to make much of a noticeable difference.
For instance, the above mentioned desktop uploader tool is available on both Windows and Mac OSX, but not Linux.
However, the apps will not show any files on your Amazon Cloud Drive other than photos and videos.
These apps offer an option to auto-upload photos and videos like Amazon, but also gives you full access to all your files and all sharing and collaboration options.
Dropbox’s comprehensive feature set and platform support is hard to beat, even if they are pricier than others. But most people looking for cloud storage will probably be happier paying a bit more for Dropbox’s more robust feature set.
He’s been an optimistic evangelist for the power of the cloud since the days of server-aided file sharing. Last year, Amazon introduced Cloud Drive app to store important photos, videos and documents on Amazon’s server securely. Now, users can drag and drop or right-click on files and folders to send them to Amazon Cloud Drive directly. Once users have installed the app, they can see a cloud-shaped icon placed in system tray for the easy access. Amazon surprisingly tied Microsoft for first place in the 20 Gigabyte extra space field, beating Google in the process.And it is Amazon that just released a cloud drive desktop app for Windows and Mac.
You may not have known that, though, because accessing that space hasn't been as easy as it is with services like Dropbox and SkyDrive.


You can go directly to the drive at Amazon's website or right-click on the task tray icon and choose "Open Cloud Drive website" from a pop-up menu. I believe they have extended the free subscription by a bit — at least, when they released the desktop application they sent me an email saying my free subscription, which was due to expire soon, had been extended until July. Earlier this year, Amazon rebuilt its consumer platform with a new emphasis on photos, instituted a dramatically low pricing model, and now hopes to take on the consumer market. If you drag and drop a file into that folder or edit a file within, those changes will be automatically synced with the server. Also, since there’s no file syncing with Amazon, you also have the inconvenient task of uploading a file every time you want to update the cloud version. This is an odd omission, as Amazon does offer the security feature with their S3 business solutions, yet it is unfortunately lacking with their consumer Cloud Drive. Nobody has been able to best Amazon Cloud Drive on their pricing yet, although many have come close.
Dropbox does offer a free option that Amazon lacks, but its storage is capped to an almost pointless 2 GB. Amazon’s already impressive S3 server technology is being leveraged here, but it’s impressive that Dropbox’s infrastructure keeps up as well.
Both services managed to meet or exceed those speeds, both within their web interfaces, and within their desktop software packages. The apps will let you view, share, and upload photos and videos, and can auto-upload photos and videos that you take on your smartphone or tablet.
In his spare time he loves reading and writing about faraway lands, playing games within them, and has a slightly unhealthy obsession for Star Wars. Of course, there is Cloud Drive website for direct access, but for the more convenience of drag-and-drop and contextual menu file uploads, Amazon has recently launched desktop apps for its Cloud Drive service. Two-step authentication is one of the most important security features an online service can have today, and so even though Dropbox doesn’t really push its users to activate the feature, the fact that they support it gives them the win here. With this amazing facility, Cloud users can continue with their work even for the circumstances like unexpected restarts, interrupted internet connections, etc. That said, should you be subscribed to Amazon Prime, you get the $12 per year storage plan for free. Don’t worry about how to store, because Amazon provides you a quick four-step as a user-guide.
The software's biggest disadvantages are the lack of a synchronization option, and that all downloads are handled via the service's web site and not locally. At the end of the install, click "finish" and another window will appear asking for your Amazon log-in information. Perhaps this is how they, and the government, would prefer things be - as client controlled encryption keys would make our cloud data actually secure.
I love Google Drive, like how it integrates with everything else Google I use, and do realize that adding an encryption key to my Cloud data *would* make ease of use a bit more painful.
However, this is a *necessary pre-requisite* before I ever store anything sensitive on the cloud. Reply Daniel May 3, 2012 at 6:11 pm # Perhaps Amazon will soon update the desktop app with the implement of synchronization capacity.



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  1. 11.05.2014 at 17:13:21


    This tier provides the your Apple (and even Windows ) devices equal to Google.

    Author: melek
  2. 11.05.2014 at 22:20:28


    Subtle confirmation that Robin is connected to the cloud and storage service allows for quick.

    Author: GENERAL333
  3. 11.05.2014 at 16:52:20


    Vice versa by dragging and dropping.

    Author: GUNESHLILI