Cloud Backup & Storage VI: iCloud

In keeping with our look at popular cloud backup services, today we’re going to take a look at: iCloud. If you need a primer on backups in general start here.

Aside from the concerns I shared about Amazon (that I also share regarding Apple) this is a good option...if you’re already in Apple’s ‘walled garden’ and don’t plan to back-up photos from anything other than your iPhone.

Free Storage Option: 5GB

Paid Storage Option/Annual Cost: 50GB, 200GB & 1TB / $12, $48 & $120 per year, respectively

Compression: Optional

JPG Support: Yes

TIFF Support: Yes

RAW Support: Yes

Device Support: Designed for Apple devices

Ease of Backup: Automated

Ease of Restoring: Automated

Other Benefits: Not limited to a photo-backup solution. Photos are available on all your devices.

Privacy: Better than most.

Licensing: Users retain licensing rights and ownership of their photos and files. (Yay!!)

Again, just wish that the pricing/storage options for this service were more competitive with other options we’ve looked at. 1TB for $120/year is not much if you wish to backup RAW files.

Next week, we’ll take a closer look at OneDrive.

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 The “Oculus”, designed by Santiago Calatrava, forms part of the World Trade Center site in New York.

The “Oculus”, designed by Santiago Calatrava, forms part of the World Trade Center site in New York.