Amazon today announced the availability of their improved Amazon Cloud Drive cloud storage service. The new version of Amazon Cloud Drive allows file synchronization via a desktop app for Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8, and Mac OS 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8. No word on when support for Android, iOS, or other mobile platforms will be made available. Cloud Drive offers 5GB of free space (compared to Dropbox’s 2GB, Google Drive’s 5GB and SkyDrive’s 7GB free space options). Additional Amazon Cloud Drive space runs $1 per 2GB data – 20GB costs $10 a year, 50GB costs $25 a year, with several more tiers all the way up to 1,000GB for $500 a year. This puts the Amazon Cloud Drive price right even with SkyDrive, slightly cheaper than Google Drive, and half the price of Dropbox (come on guys, are you gonna wait until your market share begins to plummet before lowering the price?)
Amazon explained how the new app works:
“The new app for Windows and Mac now includes File Sync, which lets users easily store and access files in the Amazon Cloud from a folder on their computer. Files in this folder are automatically stored in Cloud Drive and can be accessed from a computer or the Web. When you install the app on a second computer all of your synced files are available there as well. The updated app makes it simple for users to put files in Cloud Drive and to access them from any of their computers, ensuring that they always have access to the latest version of their files from home and on the road.”
You can grab the 62MB download here.
Geek Slop take: Amazon already has the best music storage service for the money (if you have a large collection of music). Roll out an Android version and a Linux version of Amazon Cloud Drive and it’s bye-bye Google Drive!