Whilst I appreciate that 99c for 50GBs (apologies, I don't know where that symbol is on my UK keyboard) is not going to break the bank, it's the principle of the matter. I use an iPhone, and iPad a Windows PC and a Surface Pro 3 regularly. Coming over from using Android and Windows phones and having lost the ability to 'drag and drop' at will, it's more than slightly annoying to have to to sync it with iTunes every time I want to add music or photographs, hence having it set to sync wirelessly so I don't have to go to my PC. Even the ability to schedule backups would be an advantage.
Speaking of photos, I am a photographer and have over 50TB of pictures. I know very well how to store and manage them. If I NEED to put any on my phone, I will. That said, it's not such an easy process. If I am out and about and take photos and edit them on the go (using Surface Pro), I cannot sync or put them on my phone straight away. No, I have to wait until I get home, transfer them to my main PC and them sync THAT with my iPhone/iPad as, once again, the ability to drag and drop is not available to me.
Regardless of this, the need to backup anything apart from the ones taken on my iPhone is not really necessary. I subscribe to Office 365 so all my documents are safe and use cloud storage for anything else. My music and photos come from my PC anyway and are replicated/backup across 2 servers.
I might well be able to afford extra iCloud storage, but not nearly to the extent that you are suggesting and nor would I need/want to. As a fairly new comer to Apple products I am bewildered at the complete lack of thought that goes into basic usage AND the amount of tasks that are compulsory. Again, coming from from a background of building and taking apart PCs and software at will, it can be frustrating.
Don't get me wrong, the things I use Apple for DO make it worthwhile, I just don't like being dictated to by software that doesn't have my needs at heart. It's not just Apple Support that provide answers like the above. Microsoft are notorious for it, with people posting the SAME stock responses under the SAME question. Drives me up the wall. At least you had the decency to read my reply and respond TO it.
I'm apologies for being a bit blunt. You caught me at a delicate moment and whilst I know before my reply you knew nothing about me or my IT knowledge, I don't just complain for no reason. If something gets in the way of my productivity, then I will I will look for ways around it.
The above method did not work for me as I realised it was for Mac usage, so I am providing another for Windows that I have found:
- Close the iTunes and hold the Windows Key, press "R" and you will see the Run dialog box
- Type in 'cmd' and open the command prompt window
- Type the following command on your Windows:
"C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt Automatic Device Backups Disabled 1
"C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /set PrefInt Automatic Device Backups Disabled 1
After that, press "Enter" to finish the process.
If you wish iTunes to back up your device again, just replace "1" with "0" in the above command.