“For the second year in a row, Apple reduced prices for its expanded iCloud storage plans, putting costs in line with rivals like Google, Microsoft and Dropbox,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld. “Although the Cupertino, Calif., company did not boost the amount of free storage space and instead continued to provide just 5GB of iCloud space gratis, it bumped up the $0.99 per month plan from 20GB to 50GB, lowered the price of the 200GB plan by 25% to $2.99 monthly, and halved the 1TB plan’s price to $9.99. Apple also ditched last year’s 500GB plan, which had cost $9.99 monthly.”
“The new prices are in line with the competition; in one case, Apple’s was lower,” Keizer reports. “Google, for example, hands out 15GB of cloud-based Google Drive storage for free — triple Apple’s allowance — and charges $1.99 monthly for 100GB and $9.99 each month for 1TB. The smaller-sized plan is 33% more per gigabyte than Apple’s 200GB deal.”
Keizer reports, “Microsoft also gives away 15GB. Additional storage costs $1.99 monthly for 100GB — the same price as Google Drive — while 200GB runs $3.99 per month, 33% higher than Apple’s same-sized plan.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Not a bad deal from Apple. Back up everything you can as often as you can! As for the “stingy” (Computerworld’s characterization): You get what your pay for.
Apple activates new iCloud storage plans, moves 500GB subscribers to 1TB – September 17, 2015