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Google offers 20GB online storage for price of a latte

Google announced today that it is offering users 20 gigabytes of storage space online for $5 per year, or about the price of your favorite drink at Starbucks.
Written by Andrew Nusca, Contributor on

Oh, how the cloud grows.

Google announced today (techmeme) that it is offering users 20 gigabytes of storage space online for $5 per year, or about the price of your favorite drink at Starbucks.

For about two years, Google has offered extra storage space -- beyond the roughly 7GB provided through its Gmail e-mail service -- for a nominal fee. Since the space is shared with Google's Picasa Web Albums photo service, it's not hard to fill up if you're toting a 5 or 10 megapixel camera and shooting at the highest quality.

With 20GB, you can put many or all of your family photos in the cloud. (Have a ton of photos? You can purchase up to 16 terabytes, which would run you up to almost $5,000 per year.)

The reason for the change? Storage costs are dropping, and Google says it's been improving its own infrastructure to make the cost-per-gigabyte drop even further.

At the very least, it's a good way to have a secondary in-the-cloud backup solution. You can find more information on Google's storage site.

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