MobileMe users pining for remote iDisk access on an iPhone or iPod Touch can breathe easier. Apple added the free MobileMe iDisk to its App Store, enabling handheld control of files in the cloud. I say the app is free, but the reality is that it’s a free complement to Apple’s MobileMe pay service, priced at $99 per year. Why it took so long for remote handheld access to server-based MobileMe accounts is beyond me, but that’s a moot point now. With the free software on an iPhone or iPod Touch running iPhone OS 3.0 or better, users can:
- View public files on iDisk
- Access public folders
- Enable file sharing
- View supported file types on handset, i.e.: iWork, Office, PDF and QuickTime. Apple notes that files over 20MB in size may not be viewable
I’m sure that many folks are happy with Apple’s MobileMe service, but I’ve opted to pass it by. Instead, I use other services like Dropbox, SugarSync and ZumoDrive. Apple offers 20GB of storage for the $99 yearly fee, but the three services I’ve named are all cheaper on a cost-per-gigabyte basis. They also don’t necessarily lock you into a particular brand of handset, either. SugarSync, for example, supports iPhone, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry devices. The service just added support for Google Android handsets, as well.
Thanks to HG for the tip!