• Amazon Offers Unlimited Cloud Storage For $59.99 Per Year

    Unlimited cloud storage for $59.99 per year is here! Thanks to CA reader joelha for bringing this to our attention! Here is the deal: Amazon Cloud Drive has recently enabled what it calls "Unlimited Everything." This allows people to store nearly any type of file on Amazon's cloud for less than $5 per month. The service also has tiers for unlimited photo storage and limited video storage, but for computer audiophiles this unlimited tier is fantastic. I just signed up for the three month free trial and am testing the upload right now. My recent switch to a Windows based NAS enables me to install Amazon's Cloud Drive uploading application right on the NAS. I simply selected the folders storing all my music and everything is uploading as I type. I have no plans to play the music directly from Amazon's cloud, but as a backup this is terrific. Currently Amazon supports access to the files from a number of mobile platforms as well as Windows and OS X desktops.
    Note: The upload currently has a few errors and displays a list of files it wasn't able to upload. I will continue digging into this and let everyone know what I find.


    Here is a link for more i information and to sign-up.

    https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/home
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    1. udis's Avatar
      udis -
      I've been using Amazon Glacier with Synology... Does anyone know how Amazon Cloud drive can be integrated with Synology (as a package)?
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Quote Originally Posted by udis View Post
      I've been using Amazon Glacier with Synology... Does anyone know how Amazon Cloud drive can be integrated with Synology (as a package)?
      That was one of the first things I look at after hearing about Clod Drive unlimited. Unfortunately there isn't a way to make it work with Synology yet.
    1. EdmontonCanuck's Avatar
      EdmontonCanuck -
      This offer doesn't appear to be available in Canada via Amazon.ca. Trying to change from the free 5gb tier presents other paid tiers to choose from but this "Unlimited Everything" option doesn't exist. Thought maybe I could get around it via logging into my separate Amazon.com ID but accessing Cloud Drive seems to take me to the Canadian version by default. Pity that.....I too would have appreciated the off-site backup of my digital music files (about 6 terabytes worth). Hopefully, this can be made available to us up here in Canada at some point in the future.
    1. Paul R's Avatar
      Paul R -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Computer Audiophile View Post

      This sounds very cool! I missed where you switched to a Windows based NAS though - did you write that up? If so, can you point it out to me please? That might be worth looking into.

      I was thinking of adding one of those inexpensive WD EXT4 NAS units into the house as a test. They are very cheap, running from $670 for an 8TB unit to just over $1300 for a 24TB unit.

      I have serious doubts about any of these little units having enough I/O or processing ability to handle the A/V load at the house, but a nice Windows based SAN might be a better option. Has to work for Linux and MacOS too though.

      -Paul
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Quote Originally Posted by Paul R View Post
      This sounds very cool! I missed where you switched to a Windows based NAS though - did you write that up? If so, can you point it out to me please? That might be worth looking into.

      I was thinking of adding one of those inexpensive WD EXT4 NAS units into the house as a test. They are very cheap, running from $670 for an 8TB unit to just over $1300 for a 24TB unit.

      I have serious doubts about any of these little units having enough I/O or processing ability to handle the A/V load at the house, but a nice Windows based SAN might be a better option. Has to work for Linux and MacOS too though.

      -Paul
      Hi Paul - I switched to Windows based NAS with a CAPS Cortes server. I also have a Thecus NAS coming in for review that runs Windows.
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      So far I've run into several issues uploading files using the Windows based Cloud Drive uploading app. I switched to the Mac app and it's working perfect on every file.
    1. Paul R's Avatar
      Paul R -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Computer Audiophile View Post
      Hi Paul - I switched to Windows based NAS with a CAPS Cortes server. I also have a Thecus NAS coming in for review that runs Windows.
      Ah- and you RIP with dbPowerAmp so you don't get the extra long filename/path combinations. I guess it might be time to give up XLD in favor of dbPowerAmp. (*sigh*)

      And look into a Cortes server.
      -Paul
    1. fritzg's Avatar
      fritzg -
      How is this service a better alternative than Glacier? I have a Synology NAS and have been tempted to try Glacier.
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Quote Originally Posted by fritzg View Post
      How is this service a better alternative than Glacier? I have a Synology NAS and have been tempted to try Glacier.
      Based on this from Amazon re:Glacier, it looks like Cloud Drive is a much faster way of accessing your data and Cloud Drive data is available on many platforms. Plus, Cloud Drive has a fixed cost.

      "Amazon Glacier is a secure, durable, and extremely low-cost storage service for data archiving and online backup. Customers can reliably store large or small amounts of data for as little as $0.01 per gigabyte per month, a significant savings compared to on-premises solutions. To keep costs low, Amazon Glacier is optimized for infrequently accessed data where a retrieval time of several hours is suitable."
    1. fritzg's Avatar
      fritzg -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Computer Audiophile View Post
      Based on this from Amazon re:Glacier, it looks like Cloud Drive is a much faster way of accessing your data and Cloud Drive data is available on many platforms. Plus, Cloud Drive has a fixed cost.

      "Amazon Glacier is a secure, durable, and extremely low-cost storage service for data archiving and online backup. Customers can reliably store large or small amounts of data for as little as $0.01 per gigabyte per month, a significant savings compared to on-premises solutions. To keep costs low, Amazon Glacier is optimized for infrequently accessed data where a retrieval time of several hours is suitable."
      Yeah, it also looks like Glacier is more expensive for large amounts of data. If my math is right 500 gigabytes would cost $5.00/month. That is a lot smaller than unlimited. Somehow I have a feeling "unlimited" is gonna go away.

      Let us know how long it takes to upload how much data. I'm also interested in knowing how well it behaves recognizing changes in data.
    1. Musicophile's Avatar
      Musicophile -
      Indeed, upload speed is the crucial factor. I'd love to have a backup of my music library in the cloud, but I'm afraid uploading 3.5TB of data will take months.
    1. Dan Gravell's Avatar
      Dan Gravell -
      The cost wasn't the main thing stopping me making online backups of my music library. The main problem for many remains upload speed.
    1. oneway23's Avatar
      oneway23 -
      Apologies if this question is not relevant, but will this service stream your .FLAC files back in lossless quality, or is this simply a storage locker?

      I've got my entire collection up on Google music, but, the files only stream back at 320kbps.

      Perhaps I'm misunderstanding the fundamental concept here.
    1. EdmontonCanuck's Avatar
      EdmontonCanuck -
      Quote Originally Posted by oneway23 View Post
      Apologies if this question is not relevant, but will this service stream your .FLAC files back in lossless quality, or is this simply a storage locker?

      I've got my entire collection up on Google music, but, the files only stream back at 320kbps.

      Perhaps I'm misunderstanding the fundamental concept here.
      It's for offsite backup, not streaming.
    1. miguelito's Avatar
      miguelito -
      Love it.
    1. mav52's Avatar
      mav52 -
      I ask why ? why not just back up your data yourself at home. External storage is so cheap and you control it all. Amazon's Twitch was just hacked and I really don't like this part of the "terms of service for Amazon cloud storage 3.3 http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/custom...deId=201376540


      3.3 Our Use of Your Files to Provide the Service. We may use, access, and retain Your Files in order to provide the Service to you and enforce the terms of the Agreement, and you give us all permissions we need to do so. These permissions include, for example, the rights to copy Your Files for backup purposes, modify Your Files to enable access in different formats, use information about Your Files to organize them on your behalf, and access Your Files to provide technical support. Amazon respects your privacy and Your Files are subject to the Amazon.com Privacy Notice located at www.amazon.com/privacy.
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Quote Originally Posted by mav52 View Post
      I ask why ? why not just back up your data yourself at home. External storage is so cheap and you control it all. Amazon's Twitch was just hacked and I really don't like this part of the "terms of service for Amazon cloud storage 3.3 http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/custom...deId=201376540


      3.3 Our Use of Your Files to Provide the Service. We may use, access, and retain Your Files in order to provide the Service to you and enforce the terms of the Agreement, and you give us all permissions we need to do so. These permissions include, for example, the rights to copy Your Files for backup purposes, modify Your Files to enable access in different formats, use information about Your Files to organize them on your behalf, and access Your Files to provide technical support. Amazon respects your privacy and Your Files are subject to the Amazon.com Privacy Notice located at www.amazon.com/privacy.
      Hi Mav - Certainly a reasonable question. I personally don't want to control it. one I upload the music I can forget about it. If this was on my own hard drives I have to worry about a host of things such as accidentally deleting it, bad drives, losing it, theft, fire, etc...

      To me the ToS # 3.3 aren't a bother. It's the cost of doing this kind of business. I pay $59.99, they can have a liberal ToS policy.
    1. Jud's Avatar
      Jud -
      @mav52, as I read those terms, they're just talking about routine server-side stuff. But they're your files, so your choice.

      The reason I like cloud storage is in case of something like a fire or lightning strike that might take out both of my external drives (though in the case of the lightning strike at least I'd probably still have my SD card backups).
    1. skolis's Avatar
      skolis -
      Just tested amazon cloud. Apparently file folders cannot be directly uploaded via firefox browser - just documents ( apparently you need
      chrome browser) - so for me it's worthless.
      if someone has a "workaround" would be happy to hear
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Quote Originally Posted by skolis View Post
      Just tested amazon cloud. Apparently file folders cannot be directly uploaded via firefox browser - just documents ( apparently you need
      chrome browser) - so for me it's worthless.
      if someone has a "workaround" would be happy to hear
      You can't use Chrome for uploading? Or, the dedicated desktop apps?