CJackson wrote:thebuzzardman wrote:CJackson wrote:
Get Amazon's Cloud for $29.95, unlimited storage. I have terrabytes uploaded and organized in folders to my liking and the search function really finds everything fast. I have hundreds of movies and shows there and I just download it whenever I want to watch one. They let you stream the video if it is under 20 minutes only which is good for some of my shorter how-to videos. I've even uploaded DVDs in their original VIDEO_TS format. Then you have a searchable, refined file management structure for everything that is centralized and not located on a collection of drives and discs. You can keep the drives and discs as backups or free them up for new stuff. Amazing deal
Yearly price? Interesting. I signed up at one point for unlimited for storage for free from some company I can't remember; pre-beta user, but dropped once they started charging. Plus their client software was sort of whack. They were using interesting checksum idea where any duplicate data was shared among all users. They were using Amazon servers of course - Amazon is one of the largest hosters around, aren't they?
I got my prices mixed up
Amazon Music is 29.95 per year
Amazon Drive is 59.95
Both are bargains
Only with the Music do they check for dupes and used their MP3 if it matches yours. The limit is 250,000 songs and I've uploaded lots music that Amazon does not have. Plus, they now include lots of music and books with Amazon Prime so it covers a lot of the more popular songs or bands
Amazon Music works very well as a jukebox you can run off of your iOS devices. Their android app is no good. The web interface is good. So you can run your whole music library off your iPhone or iPad or your desktop to wireless headphones and speakers or to a stereo system.
Drive is truly unlimited and they do not compare anything. Upload whatever you want, including archiving music on Drive as backup after you put it on Amazon Music. The search function keeps improving and is now pretty fast. For uploading I use a free version of CloudBerry which maps my Amazon Drive account just like a windows tree on one side and my PC on the other side. So I can basically move stuff visually in my own file management environment directly from my drives to the cloud which is way better than using their upload utilities which are not as good
I wouldn't trust this much data with anyone else. I have some complaints about Amazon as a company, but they are the one whose servers I expect to be around for decades so I feel safe holding my stuff there until some invents a glass ball that holds 100 TB
Google Drive is superior for uploading and then streaming your own videos as there are no length limits or for uploading and reading books directly from the cloud, but Amazon is the best and should be the longest lasting safe way to max out your storage needs
I like google play (instead of drive) "ok" for music, but bear in mind I'm into downloading concert bootlegs, so I have tons of .flac where the stuff is all "track 1, track 2" and annoyingly, Google wants to tag everything etc, and wound up being sort of a pain in the ass in regards to artist category and I had to manually fix a bunch of stuff. Or was this all with mp3's...I don't recall. Anyhoo, I wanted to put up a bunch of stuff just for the anywhere convenience and managed to hit the max limit of whatever they allow.
Paying for unlimited storage and a file manager based 3rd party utility I could get into. Safe place for the family pictures as well (justifying bill to wife...). I was just on a kick a few years ago exploring the "best of" the free stuff, in terms of capacity and usefulness. Yeah, for 60 a year, it had better be unlimited and a really good experience. Then again, I could disconnect my getting antique NAS with five 1 TB drives in it and probably recover the cost in electricity in a year.