iCloud.com goes live, additional storage prices revealed

Apple has been touting its iCloud ever since it was announced back in June. Apple has finally taken the wrapping paper of off the serice and it is now in live on http://iCloud.com for developers. 

Along with launching the new beta service, Apple has also revealed its pricing strategy for additional storage on the cloud service. Apple will charge $20 for 10GB, $40 for 20GB and $100 for 50GB a year. 

iCloud is Apple's take on the cloud service. After lambasting employees over the failure of MobileMe, Apple is looking to get it right with iCloud. With Apple revealing the new service for the first time, it would indicate that the service is nearing public availability.

There have been many rumors about when the new service will go live. It is believed that the service will be launched along side the iPhone 5 which will hit retail later this fall. It is unclear if the new device will launch in September or November. 

For those who are waiting anxiously for Apple's latest service, this is a step in the right direction. With iCloud, Apple will kick off its cloud based service that offers many features to entice the user into placing their trust in Apple for securing their personal content. 

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wmacdona said,
iCloud is just another Apple rip off.
The fanboys love to be robbed by Jobs.

All i read here is... Blah Blah Blah! Seriously dude, get a life!

Uplift said,
The amount of fodder in this post is absolutely unreal..

First of all, iCloud is FREE!!.. not happy with the pricing, why worry? why bash?

Second, those prices are fair.

Comparing to other file hosting services like SkyDrive?..really?

My thoughts exactly!

The amount of fodder in this post is absolutely unreal..

First of all, iCloud is FREE!!.. not happy with the pricing, why worry? why bash?

Second, those prices are fair.

Comparing to other file hosting services like SkyDrive?..really?

Uplift said,
Comparing to other file hosting services like SkyDrive?..really?

Yes. At this point we have nothing but Steve's promise that this is revolutionary.
Once it's in the market and proves itself to be a beast of a different breed, then maybe the comparisons will stop.

Plus the article only talks about space, not how revolutionary iCloud really is, being run on Windows Azure......

I thought they would match Amazon's prices:

5 GB: Free

20 GB: $20 / year

50 GB: $50 / year

100 GB: $100 / year

And all paid versions dont count your music as storage. There is also a 200GB, 500GB, and 1000GB plan all still $1 per GB/yr

Try to log in and it keeps telling me my credentials are wrong. I assume there's a select group of people testing this or something?

gzAsher said,
Why not just use Skydrive and get 25 GB for free?
MSFT Rocks!!!

Because the two services are almost completely different?

I'm not sure, after using the abomination called iDisk for many years, I wouldn't want to experience another Apple storage service.

ahhell said,
Good god! Are those prices a joke?
I honestly want to know if you can find a similar service with cheaper prices, that also offer a free version. Because I'm not aware of any.

Simon said,
I honestly want to know if you can find a similar service with cheaper prices, that also offer a free version. Because I'm not aware of any.

All the people complaining about it pretty much hace no clue on what they are talking about. It's their simple anti-Apple mentality.

OOh I'll see several people complaining . Obviously, those who have more than 5,000 songs, Which I know it's a ridiculous amount, unless you actually use them

Jose_49 said,
OOh I'll see several people complaining . Obviously, those who have more than 5,000 songs, Which I know it's a ridiculous amount, unless you actually use them

These storage costs aren't related to songs. iTunes stores all iTunes purchased songs for free, and an unlimited amount of your non-iTunes songs for $24.99 per year.

Do you have to have be a member of an apple developer program to access the beta? When I try logging in it tells me that I have to sign in with OS X Lion even though I'm using Lion.

just to make sure...this doesn't allow you to backup *any* file like dropbox does, does it? this is specific for iwork, itunes, address book and email, right?

i see a lot of comparisons being made to dropbox and i'm not sure if it's an apples to apples comparison here (no pun intended, lol)

Arpit said,
just to make sure...this doesn't allow you to backup *any* file like dropbox does, does it? this is specific for iwork, itunes, address book and email, right?

i see a lot of comparisons being made to dropbox and i'm not sure if it's an apples to apples comparison here (no pun intended, lol)

iDisk (as it exists today) will let you drag/drop anything you like. Applications can be configured to use iDisk for storage and sharing (iWeb and Aperture for example) but really it's just a big hard drive in the sky that syncs (eventually, sometimes, maybe) with your local machines.

The new service promises to be better than the existing one. iDisk today works, but it's not something anybody is bragging about.

It's not specific for those applications that you've mentioned. It's just that they will be the first to support iCloud since they're all made by Apple (makes sense). They've released iCloud storage APIs so you'll see third-party apps eventually supporting the service.

As far as I know, it works by syncing any file on an app on one device to all other devices with that same app. I don't think they've detailed any folder sync options (I might be wrong) though and iDisk has been discontinued.

Still unclear about what icloud actually is. Does it allow you to automatically synchronize files between two computers like Mesh?

Considering that purchased music, apps, books, and photo stream don't count against the 5GB free storage, I'll be sticking with that. 5GB is plenty for my mail, documents, and settings.

I was waiting for them to announce their prices. Looks like for music it will be most likely Amazon for me. But still waiting for Googles prices...

Xenon said,
I was waiting for them to announce their prices. Looks like for music it will be most likely Amazon for me. But still waiting for Googles prices...
Music you buy on iTunes will be free of charge, no matter how much you own. If I recall correctly, hosting your own music will be $24.99 for however much you want to put up there - it matches your music to the iTunes store, so hosting doesn't actually cost Apple anything.

Simon said,
Music you buy on iTunes will be free of charge, no matter how much you own. If I recall correctly, hosting your own music will be $24.99 for however much you want to put up there - it matches your music to the iTunes store, so hosting doesn't actually cost Apple anything.

iTunes Match will host your songs if Apple doesn't have it in their library. Max 25k songs.

Simon said,
Music you buy on iTunes will be free of charge, no matter how much you own. If I recall correctly, hosting your own music will be $24.99 for however much you want to put up there - it matches your music to the iTunes store, so hosting doesn't actually cost Apple anything.

At lower quality than I have now.

Xenon said,

At lower quality than I have now.

Depends on what quality you have. If you have all lossless FLAC then, this isn't going to be for you. But for the average joe who has 192 or 256K music in their collection it would end up being an upgrade. Any music that is matched using iTunes Match will be upgraded if you choose to re-download it. But as I stated, this is totally useless if your collection is lossless. You're better off with Amazon Cloud or some other cloud based storage service for your back up service.

Xenon said,

At lower quality than I have now.

Well... yes. If you want lossless, you're better off on another service.

Most people probably don't need to that much online storage so this should be good for the majority. Most people will probably just want to store their pictures and videos of the kid and maybe some music. Not many people actually have more than 20GB of music (5-6000 songs) stored locally.

Service seems really nice, and the upgrade prices are pretty fair in comparison to competition like Dropbox (though the free 5GB will probably be plenty for me).

Matching Dropbox's pricing for 50GB at $100/year. If Apple includes shared folders and iDisk... would be interesting to see how Dropbox reacts.

virtorio said,
Care to explain? Price seems average for online storage and this is a full range of services, not just online backup.

It's Apple, hater gonna hate, probably didn't even read the article.

virtorio said,
Care to explain? Price seems average for online storage and this is a full range of services, not just online backup.

but don't you get that service for free.. So your really paying for just 50GB extra for 100 bucks a year

Lachlan said,

but don't you get that service for free.. So your really paying for just 50GB extra for 100 bucks a year

True, but that price is still in line with plenty of other online storage vendors.

Stetson said,
Yep, Dropbox is such a rip off too right? :-p

They all are. Without a decent upload speed on your internet connection (mine is only 1.5Mb, going up to 5Mb soon), cloud storage isn't really useful, as it'll take forever and a day to upload large files. A better way to spend that $100 on backup is to buy a 1TB HDD and an enclosure for it (you could buy an external hard drive to save a bit of time, but that'll cost quite more). Much quicker backup, you don't need an internet connection to backup or access backups, and you can take it everywhere with you.

MightyJordan said,
A better way to spend that $100 on backup is to buy a 1TB HDD

I have a network drive which I back up to, but I also have online backup just in case I get broken into, or even worse happens to my house.

ShareShiz said,
once again. more over priced apple stuff

Upgrading a Dropbox account to 50GB is $99 per year, so pretty much on par there. Dropbox starts you off with si2GB free while iCloud gives you 5GB for free.

There are of course differences between the services, but I don't think Apple is completely out of line here.

Stetson said,

Upgrading a Dropbox account to 50GB is $99 per year, so pretty much on par there. Dropbox starts you off with si2GB free while iCloud gives you 5GB for free.

There are of course differences between the services, but I don't think Apple is completely out of line here.

You get a Mediafire Bronze Account for 36$ a year with MANY more features. The only reason to use iCloud is for the simplicity in syncing and **** like that. The storage is next to nothing.

Stetson said,

Upgrading a Dropbox account to 50GB is $99 per year, so pretty much on par there. Dropbox starts you off with si2GB free while iCloud gives you 5GB for free.

There are of course differences between the services, but I don't think Apple is completely out of line here.


ya but for dropbox you dont need to buy overpriced hardware to use it..

funny because my new hp touchpad comes with 50 GB free from box.net.. Wow 100 bucks per year, they are sure trying to get every last dollar from them.. Touchpad was 385 bucks new at staples with coupons here in canada

Lachlan said,

ya but for dropbox you dont need to buy overpriced hardware to use it..

The thing is, it's not dropbox, there's far more to it than that.

Lachlan said,

ya but for dropbox you dont need to buy overpriced hardware to use it..

funny because my new hp touchpad comes with 50 GB free from box.net.. Wow 100 bucks per year, they are sure trying to get every last dollar from them.. Touchpad was 385 bucks new at staples with coupons here in canada

Yeah true... but you still own a HP touchpad, so its not all good news.

De.Bug said,

You get a Mediafire Bronze Account for 36$ a year with MANY more features. The only reason to use iCloud is for the simplicity in syncing and **** like that. The storage is next to nothing.

Bronze $9 a month is not $36 a year.

Lachlan said,

ya but for dropbox you dont need to buy overpriced hardware to use it..

Who on earth would think like that?