6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 12, 2012 10:47 AM by pvonk
frannbug Level 1 (0 points)

I got the email this morning. It's somewhat annoying that I've just signed up for iTunes Match and will have to pay for that when I could have opted to just send my music to the cloud, which I thought was going to be reduced to 5gb.


So I'd like to find out what I can use this free space for.


When I had an iDisk I used it to store work files so they were easily available at work and at home. I also put treasured photos and documents for the family to see there. I often used it to store scores of music I've written to add another layer of security in case everything got lost this end in case we got struck by lightening or something. I'm not sure how much of that I'll be able to put in iCloud storage now.


So far I'm using it for email and calendar and I'm using a very small amount of space. I've paid for iTunes Match, which is considerably bigger. Perhaps I could put my audio books in there? I'm still not going to use 55GB.


The only real use I can see for it would be to email all my important documents such as the music notation scores to myself - and then I suppose I will have put them into the cloud. But if I'm going to lose it all in a year's time I'm not sure I want to go to all that trouble.


Any other suggestions would be gratefully received.

  • pvonk Level 6 (13,705 points)

    iCloud doesn't store music for you, that's what iTunes match is for. iCloud is for storing backups of iOS devices, email, syncing of a number of services like contacts, notes, and calendars.

  • 小P Level 1 (45 points)

    iCloud in sense of holding documents and items is still quite new, and a functions are a little restrictive on a developers point of view, however it is slowly growing. For example, it is often use in Mac apps to sync settings and files.

    As pvonk mentioned, on iOS it does as they have mentioned.

    As for Mac OS X, various apps such as Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Preview can hold documents.


    If you wish cloud storage for a solid file system, I'd recommend Dropbox or any alternative.


    Hope that helps

  • frannbug Level 1 (0 points)

    So really, they can offer us 55GB of space for a year, which seems a very generous offer given that they are not charging well over £100 as I used to pay for my maxed out iDisk. But there's probably not a single user who is going to fill 55GB with the kind of documents that can be stored there. Only photographs could fill that space; and even then it would take a massive amount of those to use up 55GB.


    And having found every last word processing document and photograph I can lay my hands on to fill the space, would it be worth it if I knew that at the end of the year I'd have to remove it all and back it all up somewhere else?


    One wonders why they bothered! It is no replacement for my iDisk. Now if we have a flood or a fire, I've lost the lot, no matter how much backing up I've done. Unless I turn to DropBox, that is. Maybe I will. What Apple has done is handed me a huge trunk and told me I can keep only unboxed cufflinks and earrings in it for a year, while I'm desperately looking around for somewhere to put my boots!


    Thanks for the comments, guys. I think you'll agree with me that this is a statement of bewildered disbelief rather than a problem and that there's no solution unless Apple changes the way iCloud works.

  • 小P Level 1 (45 points)

    Indeed. I agree for Apple to remove iDisk - because for me, it didn't work... syncing was terribly slow, and wasn't getting anything done. For that sake, removing it knowing it was a 'polished' solution was an understandable move. But as you've mentioned, not 'improving it' sure has been slightly disappointing.


    Their 'solution' is the whole Documents in the Cloud, how long that will last, and if the system will get traction, time will tell...

  • Csound1 Level 8 (46,340 points)

    frannbug wrote:




    One wonders why they bothered! It is no replacement for my iDisk.



    Correct, it is not and it was never intended to be. There are a large number of online storage services, choose one.

  • frannbug Level 1 (0 points)

    Well, yes, I could choose one. But there is another consideration. I chose to invest in an iDisk because I trust Apple's security. While the rest of the world is riddled with viruses, worms and security breaches, we are mercifully almost free from such things. And the fact that it was so clunky and slow somehow made me believe in it's security more than I do with iCloud. Nobody in their right mind would try and breach an iDisk account because they'd have to spend such a long time downloading anything! iCloud is so instant it feels too easy, so I'm very wary of putting anything that could be used by an identity thief up there. Am I just being paranoid or does anyone else share my misgivings about such ease and speed?

  • pvonk Level 6 (13,705 points)

    A firm like Dropbox has had a more robust service than iDisk.  This is an international firm that stores so much more than iDisk ever did, comparing the two is like comparing apples and oranges (no pun intended).

  • Csound1 Level 8 (46,340 points)

    100% security does not exist, unless you store data only on your Mac and place that Mac in a safety deposit box.