iCloud extra storage prices revealed

Extra iCloud storage prices revealed

Apple has enabled iCloud's Buy More Storage option in the iOS 5 beta beta and here are the prices:

  • 5GB: Free (every iOS 5 user will get this by default)
  • 10GB: $20/year (including the 5GB free, that's 15GB total)
  • 20GB: $40/year (25GB total)
  • 50GB: $100/year (55GB total)

So pretty much $10 a month for ever additional 5GB.

By contrast, 50GB on DropBox will run you $9.99/month (just under $120/year), though it provides a different, less abstracted online storage and sync environment than iCloud does. (It also has 100GB and 350GB+ options.)

You can cancel within 15 days of upgrade or 45 days after a yearly payment. Again, this is in the beta so it's possible pricing and tiers could change by final release time this fall.

Meanwhile, let us know what you think of the prices.

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Rene Ritchie

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iCloud extra storage prices revealed


I'm actually more concerned with whether or not the traditional method of syncing to on on onboard storage will be affected.
Will it be possible to use the traditional method for music syncing for the bulk of my music and use my free 5gb as a place I can push and pull from as I see fit?
Very curious to know the answer to this.

The pricing seems a tad high, but reasonably competitive. Is it still the case that storage and email are linked, so that mail is not delivered if (for example) your music collection pushes you over your tier?
That, I think, would be the dealbreaker problem.

I'm pretty sure Apple wouldn't tie email to the storage. Even so, I think it would still be delivered to your phone.

This link suggests otherwise: http://goo.gl/mj9ZU
From the screen cap:
You are currently using 4.2GB of your free 5GB of iCloud storage. Once your iCloud storage is full, your iOS devices willno longer back up or save new data to iCloud and you will no longer receive new messages sent to your me.com email address.
MacRumors and TNW had lots of comments, but, at the time, the iOS beta did not allow you to increase your sizes. Can anybody out there running iOS5 beta, a me.com email address, and a willingness to exceed their storage threshold confirm (or deny) this?

Apple gets the benefit of everybody who owns an Apple device knowing about it and receiving some storage for free automatically.
I haven't heard of Safe Sync. Plus I don't think people will switch to something so much less integrated for 10. I don't think safe sync backs up app data.

I'll keep my stuff on my own storage device, thank you. For example, I have flash memory on my laptop that works just fine. I think this "storage subscription" model has no long-term future. Years ago, this used to be called "centralized computing", and Apple killed it.

I will buy more storage if I need it.. I will start with the additional 10gb.. I the keynote they mentioned that a lot of things did not count towards the 5gb.. Like photo streams, music and so on.. Most of these would probably be ur backed up data and mail

1Tb is $60 - $70 ea so I'll get three of them and they last up to 10 years. Backup in triplicate . . . screw apple

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