As if you needed another reason to sign up for Amazon Prime, Amazon has just announced that Prime members will get unlimited photo storage on Amazon’s Cloud Drive service. This is a pretty competitive move against Google’s free photo backup with Google+ and other services like Dropbox and Box.
You can never have enough cloud storage right? Well if you are about to drop some coins on a new smartphone, you will be happy to know that Amazon will give you 50GB of their Cloud Drive service for free. A ton of phones are part of the deal, such as the Galaxy S 4, Galaxy Note 3, Moto X, HTC One, LG G2, and more. A couple of catches though…you have to be in the U.S., you must purchase your phone through Amazon Wireless, and the free storage expires in one year.
You have until December 31st to buy your phone, and it will take about 10 days for the storage to be added to your account. Hit the source link to see the full list of phones that are part of the deal.
Amazon’s Cloud Drive Photos application got an update on the Play Store last week, bringing a few useful features along with it. The biggest change is the Instant Upload feature. Unfortunately, Amazon’s playing catch up a bit here, as Facebook and Dropbox have already had that built into their applications, but it’s good to see it anyway. There’s also support for taking photos with your camera in the application, although only on devices running Android 4.0 and up. Aside from that, it’s just basic enhancements, like being able to select multiple photos at once, view how much storage space you have left, get notifications when you’re low on storage, etc. Handy update that’s definitely worth grabbing. Hit the link below to download it.
Play Store Download Link
Amazon announced an expansion of their Cloud Drive product to Italy and Spain today. This comes on the heels of recent launches of the Cloud Drive in the UK, Germany and France. Users will be able to access their drive using PC and Mac applications, a web browser, or their Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD devices. Along with this geographic expansion, Amazon announced all customers will now get 5GB of free storage with options to pay for additional space.
The updates to the Cloud Drive service are not limited to European customers. U.S.-based customers can now share their files with friends and family by visiting www.amazon.com/clouddrive and selecting the files to be shared. Amazon has also implemented some new integration with iPhoto on Apple Mac computers. With only a couple clicks, users can now upload iPhoto albums to their cloud drive so photos can be viewed almost instantly on Kindle Fire devices or through a web browser.
Check out the source link for the full press release from Amazon for all of the details.
Another day, another major company launching a cloud storage solution program. While we mainly focus on the world of Android (obviously), every now and then we’ll report on something noteworthy that’s Mac or PC-based. To that end— cloud storage options have exploded in recent years for us Android fanatics and now we have yet another means of being able to save our precious files. This time Amazon is offering its free Cloud Drive desktop app for all Amazon users on Windows and Mac-based computers. The app would allow users to:
- Easily upload your photos, documents, videos and other files
- Drag and drop files and folders to the Cloud Drive icon
- Right-click any file or folder and send to Amazon Cloud Drive
- Easy download of one or more files and folders from Cloud Drive
- Uploads and downloads run in the background
- Continue using your computer as you normally would, the app can handle restarts and lost internet connections without losing your data
- You can pause and resume at any time
So there you have it folks, yet another method to save those precious, precious files. Hit the source link for more info.
In the war of cloud services, Amazon is certainly leading the pack when it comes to storage , particularly with music storage. Sure we have Google Music coming to all soon, and Apple’s iCloud, as well as Spotify hitting the US soon, but Amazon has put themselves ahead of the game again by announcing that for a limited time, you can get unlimited storage for your music on Amazon Cloud Drive and play it anywhere with the Amazon loud Player for only $20 a year.
Songs purchased through Amazon will not count against the storage at all and you can load up .mp3 and .mp4 files. So if you’ve been waiting on which service to go for, this is as sweet a deal as anywhere, in fact, you wouldn’t even need to worry about buying extra MicroSD cards for your music now that it can all be loaded to Amazon. On top of all that, if you paid for more than the 20GB storage plan already prior to today, Amazon will pay you back the difference minus the $20 per year fee and grant you unlimited storage as well. Nice work!
Press Release below.
Amazon today announced its updated (not really new, since they have Amazon S3 already) cloud-based storage product called, ironically enough, Cloud Drive. With Cloud Drive, each Amazon customer gets five gigabytes of space right off the bat and can upgrade to twenty gigs of space if they buy an MP3 album from their store. While Amazon is claiming you can store nearly anything on your cloud drive, they really seem to be focusing on the music aspect of their new service, of which Android is a central part, due to their Cloud Player being available currently only for web browsers and Android phones and tablets.