It was just the other day that two more internet giants, Google and Microsoft, gave Mac users more free online storage to compete with Dropbox and Apple’s iCloud.
Another day, another free app with more online storage, and this time it’s from another internet giant– Amazon.
This is the new world order for business models. Give away free candy in the hopes little Mac kids will become addicted and pay for their next sugar fix.
Or, something like that.
Today it’s Amazon and the free Amazon Cloud Drive app for the Mac. They’re calling it your personal hard dive in the cloud.
This one works somewhat like Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive, and Dropbox. Once you install Cloud Drive and setup your free Amazon account (or, use your current Amazon account), simply drag and drop files and folders into the Cloud Drive icon in the Mac’s Menubar.
Or, in the Finder, simply right-click on a file or folder and send it to Amazon Cloud Drive (I haven’t been able to make that work, yet). You can also designate a download folder on your Mac.
As if you didn’t have enough online storage options, Amazon gives you yet another way to upload and store photos, documents, videos, and nearly anything else.
What’s the catch?
You get 5 gigabytes of storage free. 20 gigabytes will cost you $20 a year, so it’s comparable to other services. One terabyte of storage is about $83 a month.
If you buy music from the Amazon MP3 Store, those songs can be saved to the Cloud Drive, but don’t count against your monthly storage.
Cloud Drive doesn’t have the automatic features of SkyDrive or Dropbox or iCloud, but storage amounts and rates are competitive with any. There’s no way to check on the files you’ve uploaded to Amazon within the app. For that you’ll need to open Amazon Cloud Drive in a web browser.
Competition is a good thing, of course, but it seems as if all these giants are learning to dance on our data. The objective is to get us hooked using so much data on their storage that we end up paying for it.