Apple's iCloud pricing revealed

Apple's iCloud pricing revealed

Summary: iCloud comes with 5GB of storage as part of the free package.

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Apple has revealed the pricing for its upcoming iCloud service.

iCloud comes with 5GB of storage as part of the free package. 5GB might not sound like a lot, but remember that this doesn't include your music or photos in your photo stream (which only stay active for 30 days).

Want more storage? No problem! Here are the US costs for the upgrades:

  • 10GB (15GB total) - $20/year
  • 20GB (25GB total) - $40/year
  • 50GB (55GB total) - $100/year

Here are the UK prices:

  • 10GB (15GB total) - £14/year
  • 20GB (25GB total) - £28/year
  • 50GB (55GB total) - £70/year

And here are the European prices:

  • 10GB (15GB total) - 16€/year
  • 20GB (25GB total) - 32€/year
  • 50GB (55GB total) - 80€/year

So, what do you think? Will you be happy with the free storage or will you need to pay for an upgrade?

Topics: Cloud, Apple

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  • RE: Apple's iCloud pricing revealed

    Why store music in the cloud? Why re download it repeatedly when you already have it on your pc, external hard drive, iPod, phone, cd's, sd cards etc. I must be missing something here.
    Fair enough apple stores your purchases in the cloud. Good. They should do that.
    The apple cloud is a good system but I just can't see myself using the extra features. I already have the stuff without it being in yet another place. The streaming cloud services make even less sense. Streaming dubious quality mp3's over 3G and killing my phone battery when my iPod has all the songs on it anyway and the battery lasts days. I don't understand the point.
    haddles2000
    • RE: Apple's iCloud pricing revealed

      @haddles2000 - I'm with you. Good idea in a world without Internet data usage limits/caps/etc.
      Bruce Lang
      • RE: Apple's iCloud pricing revealed

        @haddles2000 It makes sense to anyone who spends any time anywhere other than at their desk with a personal array of hard disks. Just the auto save of word-processing docs be<a href="http://www.tran33m.com/vb/">t</a>ween devices is enough to keep <a href="http://vb.maas1.com/">m</a>y in the Apple iCloud. I've already gained from the beta ability to reload purchased content to any Apple device.
        alasiri5
    • RE: Apple's iCloud pricing revealed

      @haddles2000
      Agree - sort of.
      I store my current selections in the Amazon Cloud and it automatically downloads on any device(s) I want for off line play - except iOS; not allowed :(
      Allows me to keep all my devices up to date and I can update from any of them I want - except iOS.... grrrrr

      Now if the iCloud has that capability AND allows downloading to iOS I may give it a gander......
      rhonin
      • RE: Apple's iCloud pricing revealed

        @rhonin
        These are not really expensive compared to dropbox or others
        they probably will compare will with amazon cloud too!



        <a href="http://doubleglazing-prices.com/">Double glazing prices</a>
        cateuse
    • RE: Apple's iCloud pricing revealed

      @haddles2000

      iTunes Match' is perfect for you. For $25/year, it will scan your computer for music files (even ones that you didn't purchase from iTune) that match what's already available on iTunes and it will let you stream, playback songs that matches in high-quality 256 kbps AAC DRM-free format. So no need to spent hours and wasted bandwidth by uploading your entire music collection.
      SonofChef
    • RE: Apple's iCloud pricing revealed

      @haddles2000<br>Totally agree. The cloud would be mainly for hard core music listeners, and by that I mean people with 1500+ song collections <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/shocked.gif" alt="shocked"> <br><br>Got a < 1 GB (170) collection of high quality songs and I think I have enough room for that on my 32 GB iPhone <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/wink.gif" alt="wink">
      MrElectrifyer
    • RE: Apple's iCloud pricing revealed

      When I used the premium version of Mozy, it was costing me about ?25/year (depending on the exchange rate) for unlimited storage. Their free service was just 2 GB.
      pianoman1962
    • RE: Apple's iCloud pricing revealed

      @haddles2000 I agree. The data caps and throttling, which are getting worse every day, are making any cloud service a really bad idea. Unfortunately, it looks like Apple is forcing the cloud down our throats. They just removed the option to back up your iOS device to your own computer in the latest iTunes update. Between this and the ebooks fiasco, I'm starting to regret buying iOS devices. Apple's recent insanity is becoming the best sales pitch for WebOS or Android.
      BillDem
      • RE: Apple's iCloud pricing revealed

        @BillDem [i]. They just removed the option to back up your iOS device to your own computer in the latest iTunes update.[/i]
        What are you talking about? I am running the latest version of iTunes and my iPhone gets backed up when I sync.
        non-biased
    • RE: Apple's iCloud pricing revealed

      @haddles2000 It makes sense to anyone who spends any time anywhere other than at their desk with a personal array of hard disks. Just the auto save of word-processing docs between devices is enough to keep my in the Apple iCloud. I've already gained from the beta ability to reload purchased content to any Apple device.
      alasiri5
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    adalrichschmidt
    • RE: Apple's iCloud pricing revealed

      @adalrichschmidt but you forget, it's apple! even people that write only about hardware, have to write about it, even if it's a software thing (although the cloud runs on hardware of course...)
      hugoleijtens
      • RE: Apple's iCloud pricing revealed

        @hugoleijtens

        ROFL

        Since when is announcement of pricing of a new service not news?

        Pricing of a new Microsoft service or product gets written about in the same way here.

        What is wrong with you - trying to make this about some sort of Apple hate speech?
        richardw66
  • Amazon is cheaper

    Amazon cloud is cheaper

    What happens with itunes music and photos?
    d_parker1
    • Music and photos don't count

      @d_parker1

      Amazon cloud is very pricy in comparison.
      Bruizer
    • RE: Apple's iCloud pricing revealed

      @d_parker1 Your itunes purchaes be it music, apps or books are not counted toward you storage capacity. You could have 20 gigs of music, 5 gigs of apps and 2 gigs of books and it still free. The pricing is for storage space requirements beyond those items and beyond the free 5GB.
      non-biased
  • Freudian slip

    I imagine that Apple has indeed 'reveled' in the pricing of its upcoming iCloud services.

    A 2TB disk which I would own costs less than a single year's subscription for 50GB.

    Also ?70 is $114.

    Isn't anyone at ZDNET going to point out that the global corporates are trying to seduce consumers into another generation of high payments?

    Guess not ... they are all too busy buying new AIR's!
    jacksonjohn
    • RE: Apple's iCloud pricing revealed

      @johnfenjackson@... [b]+1[/b]
      lmao!!!!
      rhonin
    • RE: Apple's iCloud pricing revealed

      @johnfenjackson@... <br><br>Are you being serious or are you kidding? I suppose your hard drive has some magical property that enable it to live forever, and never die, never get stolen, be at your side at all time, magically power itself anywhere forever and can transfer data to and from all of the mobile devices you have (Phones, tablet..) anytime, anywhere you wish. Please let me know what have you been smoking, because I want some of that.
      SonofChef