Amazon has turned its Cloud Drive online storage into a true competitor for Google Drive, Dropbox and Apple iCloud at a fraction of the cost.
Cloud Drive’s free 5GB puts it in the same league as Google Drive, but the £6/year fee for 20GB contrasts with Google’s fee of around £30/year for 25GB.
The new free Desktop app for Windows and Mac enables Dropbox-style synchronisation, but smartphone and tablet sync is restricted to automatic photo uploads on Android only.
Read more about Personal Data StorageOnly Microsoft’s SkyDrive comes close, at approximately £6.60/year for 27GB, while the Apple iCloud costs £28/year for 25GB, but you must also buy the appropriate iWork app.
Dropbox lets you claim up to 18GB free by winning 500MB with each friend referral, but larger tiers start at £65/year for 100GB.
Amazon Cloud Drive’s other tiers are: 50GB for £16/year; 100GB for £32/year; 200GB for £64/year; 500GB for £160/year and 1TB for £320/year.
That’s about half the price of Dropbox, which uses storage provided by Amazon’s commercial arm – Amazon Web Services – and Dropbox is unlikely to be impressed at being undercut by its own service provider
The parity between the cost of Microsoft SkyDrive and Amazon Cloud Drive suggests the new service isn’t being run at a loss, and hints at how much AWS earns from customers like Dropbox.