Individuals and businesses are increasingly using the cloud to back up data, to store files, and to share them with other individuals or businesses. With increased usage has come increased competition, and there are now a sizable number of cloud storage services available to use.
You will be well aware of some of these options, while others will likely be new to you. But now, thanks to the ever-helpful MakeUseOf readership, we can share a list of all the cloud storage services you’re either already using or should consider using in the future.
Colossal Cloud Collection
We asked you, What Cloud Storage Service Do You Use? And Why? This question prompted a good number of comments, all of which proved useful in some way. From people telling us why they use the solitary cloud storage service they have chosen over the competition, to people listing a number of different solutions and explaining what purpose each of them serves. We thank each and every one of you who took part in the discussion.
Google Drive (100GB + 100GB for 2 years from Chromebook) – This has become my default cloud service as I am already deeply integrated into Google products, even more so after buying a Chromebook. Used to store project files for freelance work, various Google Docs and a shared folder with my girlfriend which makes it easy to send files.
Google Play Music – There’s no other way to store your music. Don’t have the unlimited plan, but I don’t need it. It syncs all of my music I’ve ever had to Play Music and I can access it anywhere.
Dropbox (8GB?) – I don’t like how little free storage you get and I’m not going to pay for a second cloud service. Currently I use it only for work as I share a work folder with my boss which is over 40GB so essentially useless to me now. Will stop using after I get a new job.
Box (50GB) – Was so happy to get an invite to 50 GB for free from my friend. Hate the new update though which makes everything overly simple, almost stupid simple like Apple. Currently use it for Titanium Backup files from my Android and little else.
Mega (50GB) – Use this to store various video files I have collected over the years just so I can remove them from my hard drive. Wish they had a streaming feature though.
OneDrive (15GB) – Would be much more useful if I were still in school. Stores all of my Office Docs and Spreadsheets, including archives of my school notes, papers, lab reports, etc. Also use to store copies of my resume and I use OneNote for note-taking when I take online classes on Coursera.
Flickr (1TB) – Uploaded all of my pictures and home videos and have it set up so that every photo I take on my phone or from social media, pretty much any kind of media I post or get tagged in will automatically sync to Flickr using IFTTT. A bit annoying to organize but at least I don’t have to worry about storage space.
We chose this comment because it’s the perfect answer to the question, with a number of cloud storage services listed alongside the reasons this particular commenter uses each of them.
With the reference to using Google Drive with a Chromebook, it also offers a hint at how our choice of service will sometimes be driven by our choice of hardware. A situation I like to call “ecosystem asshattery.”
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