Amazon Cloud Drive finally available in the UK

Amazon, world's largest online retailer, now offers free cloud storage to UK users. The service has been available to US users for quite some time now, but British users were left out until now. The company hasn't made any official announcement yet, but there's a new Cloud Drive page online on Amazon.co.uk. The lack of an announcement could mean that's there is something bigger to come at Amazon's scheduled press event on September 6th, besides the already rumored 'Kindle Fire 2'.

Just like in the Unites States, you'll get the first 5GB of online storage free. Pricing starts at £6 a year for 20GB up to £320 for 1000GB a year. Users in other European countries can use the service as well, but are restricted to the free storage since there are no paid plans outside the UK. To access your online space you can use the Cloud Drive desktop app which is available for both Windows and Mac.

Amazon Cloud Drive is more geared towards music than anything else, although you can upload every kind of file type. With dedicated apps for Android and iOS, you can stream your music stored on Cloud Drive to your mobile devices with Amazon Cloud Player. You can also use the web based interface on your desktop.

Source: The Verge | Images via The Verge

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DJGM said,
Cloud shmoud! I'll stick with the server I already have access to in this very room! :-P

What if you need to access your files while you're not at home?

Majesticmerc said,

What if you need to access your files while you're not at home?

There are ways to do that as well, RDP for one, or heck, even the skydrive app for windows (probably mac too?) lets you access your PCs files through skydrive.com remotely. You don't so much as have to upload anything to skydrive either. I have the original 25GB free and I've only used around 20MB so far, but the remote fetch option is nice.

GP007 said,

There are ways to do that as well, RDP for one, or heck, even the skydrive app for windows (probably mac too?) lets you access your PCs files through skydrive.com remotely. You don't so much as have to upload anything to skydrive either. I have the original 25GB free and I've only used around 20MB so far, but the remote fetch option is nice.

RDP is a hack IMO, but I didn't know that Skydrive allowed that. I know you used to be able to do it with Mesh (may it RIP), but not with Skydrive. interesting.

Yawn. I got 62.6gb of Dropbox so far...all for free And it keeps going up each time I up a certain amount of photos/vids.

Gotta love the Dropbox

artnada said,
Gotta love the Dropbox

I want to love Dropbox, really, I do! ...but I have very little confidence in their service - for numerous reasons, including:
http://www.neowin.net/news/dro...accounts-without-a-password
http://www.neowin.net/news/dro...ally-owns-all-of-your-files
http://www.neowin.net/news/dro...atures-denies-server-breach

...now that Windows Live "Mesh" is being removed by Microsoft, I am looking for alternatives, and whilst Dropbox is very popular, the various security issues/breaches over the past year, don't really fill me with a great deal of confidence in DropBox at the moment!

GreatMarkO said,

I want to love Dropbox, really, I do! ...but I have very little confidence in their service - for numerous reasons, including:
http://www.neowin.net/news/dro...accounts-without-a-password
http://www.neowin.net/news/dro...ally-owns-all-of-your-files
http://www.neowin.net/news/dro...atures-denies-server-breach

...now that Windows Live "Mesh" is being removed by Microsoft, I am looking for alternatives, and whilst Dropbox is very popular, the various security issues/breaches over the past year, don't really fill me with a great deal of confidence in DropBox at the moment!

I swear by Spideroak (https://spideroak.com/). End-to-end encryption of data and they don't hold a copy of your password so they can't decrypt the files that you upload. The interface is a bit more involved than Dropbox (i.e. you have to pick which folders to sync on your hard drive. They're also cheaper than Dropbox if you wish to pay for extra space (you get up to 10GB free with referrals).

If you fancy a go, I've got a referral link to give us both an extra GB of space: https://spideroak.com/download...6a85258fd99930d13d2ac82d91e

Disclaimer: I don't work for Spideroak, I just really like their service, and think it's much better than Dropbox, which is way overrated in my experience.

GreatMarkO said,

I want to love Dropbox, really, I do! ...but I have very little confidence in their service - for numerous reasons, including:
http://www.neowin.net/news/dro...accounts-without-a-password
http://www.neowin.net/news/dro...ally-owns-all-of-your-files
http://www.neowin.net/news/dro...atures-denies-server-breach

...now that Windows Live "Mesh" is being removed by Microsoft, I am looking for alternatives, and whilst Dropbox is very popular, the various security issues/breaches over the past year, don't really fill me with a great deal of confidence in DropBox at the moment!

Just read that Dropbox are doing 2 phase authentication soon which might help.