Amazon Cloud Drive Review

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This cloud service is fine, if all you care about is basic storage. Cloud Drive is feature-deprived compared to the competition, but it's a good place to park your media files and additional storage is cheap.

All you need do to use Amazon Cloud Drive is sign up for a free Amazon account. The simplicity of the service appeals, according to Amazon Cloud Drive reviews, but the lack of features is a downer. Notebook Review talks up the cheap price for extra storage, the ability to store music files bought from Amazon without any impact on your storage limit, and the speed at which files move along to storage. On the other hand, notes the review, there are no file-sharing options and files on your desktop and in the cloud don't sync automatically. A reviewer from Pocket-lint also laments the lack of file syncing and, as a result, the need for more hands-on management. The review by Macworld dittos that assessment but concludes this is a decent service for users seeking a quick and easy way to store some files online.

Amazon Cloud Drive offers 5GB of free storage with a free Amazon account. As noted above, music files bought through Amazon can be stored in the cloud without any charge against the free storage limit, one of the few frills this service offers. (You can listen to the files online through Cloud Drive's music player.) Additional storage is cheap -- only 50 cents a gigabyte for a year -- so $10 will get you 20GB of storage. Both PCs and Macs mesh with Cloud Drive, as does Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet; mobile devices such as iPhones and Android phones do not.

Cloud Drive might suffice if your priorities include buying a lot of music files from Amazon and/or "filing �n forgetting" some documents or photos. It's a simple service that uploads data quickly but is light on features. The lack of syncing and sharing options is definitely a drawback. There are other cloud services that offer free storage while still including plenty of sharing and syncing features and apps for mobile devices.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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