Amazon Releases Desktop App for Its Cloud Drive—How Does it Compare to Dropbox?

May 3, 2012 · 0 comments

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If you’re a fan of Amazon’s cloud storage service Cloud Drive — or if you’d like to try it out — you’re in luck. I’ve got some great news for you.

The company just released a desktop app for its Cloud Drive storage system. You can store documents, videos, MP3s, and any other type of file using the service.

Up until now, users have had to upload viles via the Cloud Drive web interface, but the Cloud Drive app makes the whole process easier. You download and install the app (and there are both Macs and PC versions) and then can upload files in two different ways. You can right click on a file a select “Upload to Cloud Drive”…

Right click and select Upload to Cloud Drive.

Right click and select Upload to Cloud Drive.

… or you can drag a file to the little cloud icon…

You can drag files to the Cloud Drive icon (it will be in the bottom system tray on a Windows PC)

You can drag files to the Cloud Drive icon (it will be in the bottom system tray on a Windows PC)

All Amazon customers get 5GB of free storage. Additional storage can be purchased at a fairly low price (e.g., $100 a year for 100 GB of storage).

But is it a viable alternative to Dropbox?

No. I don’t think so. I’m a premium Dropbox subscriber (I pay $20 a month for 100 GB of storage space), and I absolutely love the service because I just don’t have to think about it. I can have my folders sync/backup automatically to Dropbox. You can’t do that with Amazon’s Cloud Drive. There’s no automatic syncing. Uploading files to Cloud Drive is simple enough, but you have to access Cloud Drive in your browser to manage the files that you’ve uploaded.

Cloud Drive would be good, however, for people who just want to backup their rarely-used data in the cloud. If you just want to back it up and not worry about editing it or accessing it, Amazon’s Cloud Drive is a great (and inexpensive) option.

You can download the app here on Amazon.

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