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Summary:

Apple’s iCloud price drop puts it in play for one of the cheapest storage options around — if you have an iPhone, that is.

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photo: Dropbox

Amid the introduction of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite this week, Apple also announced its iCloud Drive along with some price cuts to go with it. Of course, a large part of choosing a cloud storage provider is based on the features they provide.

Apple’s iCloud, for instance, is obviously more tailored to an iPhone user than Android while Dropbox and Box aim to be more multi-platform. Price is still a priority though so here’s how the personal cloud storage competition shakes out:

Personal Storage
Cloud Provider Free Pricing Tiers
Apple iCloud Drive 5GB 20GB = $0.99/month
200GB = $3.99/month
Tiers available up to 1TB
Amazon Cloud Drive 5GB 20GB = $10/year
50GB = $25/year
100GB = $50/year
200GB = $100/year
500GB = $200/year
1000GB = $500/year
Box Personal 10GB
(up to 250mb file size)
100GB = $10/month with 5GB file upload size ($120/year)
Dropbox 2GB+
(Earn more space by referring friends, completing task)
100GB = $9.99/month or $99/year
200GB = $19.99/month or $199/year
500GB = $49.99/month or $499/year
Google Drive 15GB
(includes Google Drive, Gmail, Google+ photos)
100GB = $1.99/month
1TB = $9.99/month
10TB=$99.99/month
20TB=$199.99/month
30TB=$299.99/month
Microsoft OneDrive 7GB+
(Gain more storage by linking camera roll, referring friends up to 15GB free)
50GB = $25/year
100GB = $50/year
200GB = $100/year
  1. Can’t you put this in a bar chart apples-to-apples normalized. Also be interesting to see how this compares to enterprise cloud.

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  2. The chart is bias toward companies originated from US. Some good competitor from New Zealand, Mega (50Gb free) & Yunpan by 360.cn (36TB Free) & Weiyun by Tencent (http://thenextweb.com/asia/2013/08/30/forget-1tb-chinas-tencent-is-giving-away-10tb-worth-of-free-cloud-storage/) is something to fear.

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  3. Interesting to chart a bit differently – cost per GB vs. total purchased; log-scale on total purchased to expose both “free” level and final cost – both Dropbox and Box come out as highest per GB; and trends ere NOT intuitive (Google comes out clearly the lowest)

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6yvvq7yG4mOVUlzVUtTbjVTN0E/edit?usp=sharing

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  4. This spreadsheet would make a lot more sense if you just did the math and normalize the amount you would pay, either per year or per month. Even though it’s relatively easy to do the math yourself, put a little more effort into your article and actually do it for your readers, that way it’s easy to parse who REALLY is the cheapest provider of storage.

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  5. Per peeve. Please normalize your days. The reader shouldn’t have to do a bunch of math.

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  6. Dropbox is going to be in trouble if they do not lower their prices. The difference between them and the others is staggering.

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  7. Looking at just US players is the wrong way to go. There are others far more aggressive, weather you know it or not.

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    1. JenniferDawn Thursday, June 5, 2014

      well, the Americans invented the Internet – who cares what happens elsewhere

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  8. Craig McKinnis Thursday, June 5, 2014

    Uh, you forgot the real value and perhaps winner in all of this…PogoPlug, unlimited cloud storage for $50/year and if you upload your music, it will auto-categorize it for you. Beats all systems listed above.

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  9. pacifictimezone Thursday, June 5, 2014

    SugarSync is awesome…. but not listed.

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  10. mediafire… 1TB 25$/year

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