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HT5527 But what on earth can I use this storage for?

363 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Oct 12, 2012 11:54 AM by Csound1 RSS
frannbug Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 5, 2012 6:34 PM

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 Level 6 (13,670 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 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

  • 小P Level 1 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 7 Level 7 (32,310 points)

    frannbug wrote:

     

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

     

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

  • pvonk Level 6 Level 6 (13,670 points)
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    Oct 12, 2012 10:47 AM (in response to frannbug)

    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 7 Level 7 (32,310 points)
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    Oct 12, 2012 11:54 AM (in response to frannbug)

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

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