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Apple Throws Hat in Cloud Storage Game

While also announcing iOS 5, Apple's newest mobile platform, Apple pulled the curtain back on iCloud (who saw that name coming?) at this week's Worldwide Developer Conference. The iCloud is a service that allows documents, applications and media to be stored in the Internet cloud.

The service looks to battle Amazon's Cloud Drive, Google's cloud storage via Google Docs and Microsoft's SkyDrive by providing 5 GB of free storage that can be shared to 10 iOS devices, PCs and Macs. Also, any music, digital books and applications purchased through Apple can be stored using the service without taking away from the allotted 5 GB.

Those with a non-Apple smartphones and tablets are out of luck when trying to access any of the content. But with multiple options for free cloud-based storage, it's not hard to find competing products that will work on whatever device you have.

While this service looks to be optimal for those who have purchased the majority of their media through iTunes, Apple's entry into consumer cloud storage doesn't seem to look too appealing for those who buy or obtain their media from other sources. Chances are, they've already found a suitable option, and there will be little benefit to go through the uploading process once again.

Do you use any of the free cloud storage services available? What's your favorite? Let Doug know at dbarney@redmondmag.com.
--By Chris Paoli

Posted by Doug Barney on 06/08/2011 at 1:18 PM


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