“The biggest complaint with iCloud Drive is that many people want Apple to increase the free tier,” Andrew Orr writes for The Mac Observer. “But Apple actually isn’t doing too bad when it comes to competitors. I think if Apple brought back its 1TB tier and priced it at US$4.99/month, that would put pressure on other providers.”

“Dropbox is even worse off than iCloud Drive,” Orr writes. “It only offers 2GB of free storage, but if you can get your friends and family to sign up using your referral link, you can get up to 16GB for free. Dropbox also doesn’t offer a tier in the middle, it jumps straight to one terabyte.”

“Google beats everyone with its free tier, and also offers a bigger tier on the high end at 10 terabytes. It’s also the mostly closely matched with Apple when it comes to pricing,” Orr writes. “If you’re asking which storage provider gives you the most bang for your buck, I would go with Google. But it also depends on other factors, like ecosystem and privacy. Google scans everything you upload to Google Drive.”

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MacDailyNews Take: If you use Google Drive, encrypt prior to upload and decrypt after downloading.

iCloud Drive is best for anyone who’s firmly and safely ensconced in the Apple ecosystem.