Google today added a new service to its Cloud Storage that will allow developers to send their hard drives to Google to import very large data sets that would otherwise be too expensive and time consuming to undertake alone. Google is charging a flat fee of $80 per hard drive. Google claims that this process of uploading data to a Cloud Storage bucket is both faster and less expensive than transferring data over the Internet. Amazon already has a similar service, and also charges $80 for a hard drive – but Amazon also charges a per-hour fee for uploading data.
If you’ve been holding off putting your digital life in the cloud, it might be time to go for it now. Bitcasa is shaking up the tech sphere with its public launch offering “infinite storage” to users across multiple devices and operating systems including iOS, Android, Mac, PC and web. The update process is done automatically and every account is unlimited, so users never have to worry about forgetting to update or running out of space. The pricing is competitive as well, with an introductory price of $69 a year – regular cost is $99 for a year.
Google is releasing music lockers, allowing users to store their music to the cloud. While Amazon and Apple offer similar services for 25 dollars a year, Google’s product will be free of charge. So far, cloud music storage has not been embraced by the mainstream, but the zero fee model might change that in the future.
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