A few days ago, Amazon dropped the bomb on their cloud storage competitors by offering unlimited storage online for a very very low price. This isn’t the first time Amazon is undercutting their pricing to compete aggressively, they crushed diapers.com in 2010 using similar tactics and then acquiring them after that.
Here’s the new pricing: For just US$11.99 per year you get unlimited photo storage and 5GB for videos and files. Want to store everything unlimited? Pay US$59.99 a year to enjoy their Unlimited Everything plan. Plus Amazon is throwing in a free 3-month trial which most rival services doesn’t offer.
In comparison, Dropbox offers US$100 per year for 1TB or US$15 per month for unlimited storage on business accounts. Google charges US$120 per year for 1TB on Google Drive. Apple iCloud storage, by far the most expensive, will set you back by US$240 per year for 1TB storage.
Amazon Cloud Drive isn’t all sunshine and rainbows though. We picked it up on the Unlimited Everything trial and found their interface lacking and found no way to sync with the local folders meaning you will have to manually upload and download the files to and from Amazon Cloud Drive, either through their desktop tool or web interface. Amazon Cloud Drive also comes with a mobile app, but you can only view photos and basic stats on it which isn’t particularly helpful in our use case.
Amazon’s Cloud Drive is awesome if you want to backup your files for good but if you need more versatility and support, especially for syncing (Dropbox) or collaboration (Google Drive) purposes, the price-cut isn’t going to attract anyone until Amazon beefed up their Cloud Drive features and tools.