Is Apple’s iCloud storage worth $239.88 per year?

“It does appear that you might need an iCloud Drive more than ever with the new macOS,” Gene Steinberg writes for The Tech Night Owl. “That’s because of a third feature that uses iCloud, where the contents of your Desktop and Documents folders are shared. For me, that’s 250GB, which may be on the low side for those engaged in audio and video work.”

“So that means many of you are forced to upgrade your iCloud storage. Unfortunately, Apple gives you just 5GB free, but there are several packages with more storage, a lot more storage after a recent change,” Steinberg writes. “I’ve opted not to share my work folders for now. It would cost me $9.99 a month for 1TB. Instead, I’ve opted for the 99 cents a month package, 50GB, sufficient for my music and photo libraries. I already have two external backup drives for all my stuff, plus an account with CrashPlan for online backups.”

“Well, ahead of the arrival of macOS Sierra, presumably in late September or some time in October, Apple has updated its iCloud Drive plans. No, you do not get more free storage, and the rates are otherwise unchanged, but there’s a new 2TB tier for $19.99 a month or, as the title states, $239.88 per year,” Steinberg writes. “Now that might seem a tad costly, but it’s not, at least it’s not if you consider one of Apple’s main rivals in the cloud storage business, and that’s Google.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: It depends on what you’re doing with it.

Apple’s full list of iCloud storage plans and pricing is here.

Apple adds new 2TB iCloud storage tier for $19.99 per month – August 31, 2016


    1. I can’t see how 50GB for a $1 per month is a rip-off. Even that most expensive plan is still just $20, and that allows you to back up several macs (2TB is more than any standard Mac has on built-in hard drive, except perhaps for the Mac Pro).

        1. Let us not forget; unlike practically every other cloud service, which makes good part of the revenue by selling ads (and user data) to the highest bidder, Apple sells none of customer data, nor any ad space.

          With that in mind, those iCloud rates seem quite cheap.

        2. Undertow – did you even think before you typed, or is that the kind of drivel that runs around in your brain all day? Unless you understand what you are talking about, leave the adult subjects to others.

          On to the subject at hand. Storage fees are the cost of doing business. We will see fluctuation in pricing from all of the contenders, and prices will drop over time. Apple pricing is fair, and it does reflect the lack of advertising subsidies. Nothing sinister here.

          1. ckh:
            It’s highly unlikely that you are older than me, so I believe you can, as they say, go f@$% yourself.
            Adults know that the goal of all companies is to make a profit. That’s reasonable.
            What Cook is doing is not reasonable, not in the least. If you can’t see that then you’re blind.
            So go right ahead. Pay premium price for lackluster survives. All you’re doing is putting more money in foreign banks and paying Cook to coast on Jobs’ residual goodwill.

    2. If you owned a business and saw how much it costs to set up a 2TB syncing system with up to 5 computers locally, plus its maintenance, you would see how Apple is giving it away. You are getting not just the space, but maintenance, and the service. It’s laughably cheap.

  1. Seems to me that as cost of storage goes down, so would Apple’s pricing. Is there a site where one could find the pricing history of icloud to see if that is indeed the case? For example, I would expect that within a year or 2, they would drop the lowest tier, drop the 1TB to $7.99, 2 TB to $14.99, and add a 3TB maybe for $21.99. I’d be curious to see their history on this.

    1. Okay, so a simple duck duck go search yielded these results of the previous plan updated in just September of last year:

      5GB: Free
      20GB: $0.99/month
      200GB: $3.99/month
      500GB: $9.99/month
      1TB: $19.99/month

  2. Dropbox had a breach that exposed tens of millions of user’s passwords.

    Apple is an even bigger target for hackers.

    So; do I want to be a big part of a single online databox and risk my data being part of a giant data breach?

  3. its kind of expensive..
    i like to have my files stored locally… if for nothing but the transfer rate reasons..
    try and work with large files off of the cloud… not there yet..

    1. When you’re talking about iCloud, it’s really hard to compare to other services. You’re not just getting the raw storage for the fee, your’e getting the deep system integration with all of your various Apple devices. That’s worth the price of admission for me.

      1. yes, yes ! i see that end of it!

        but imagine having huge video files and image files or any kind of large file in the cloud only.. interacting with them wont be practical unless they are downloaded on your local drive.
        simple a transfer rate issue..
        once download speeds match those of local transfer rate.. then its a complete different ball game.
        My bandwidth does not allow for that yet… but im sure some day it will .
        in the mean while… i like to keep my files localy…. and also for those times that i have no access to internet.

    2. If using it for an office, 5 computers sharing that data, plus all the syncing of it for the usual items like Calendar, etc. plus perhaps even each computer say using Chronosync to sync its local drive with the iCloud drive, $20 a month is an amazing bargain, esp. if you see how much all of that could cost paying some IT company to set it up for you, and maintain it.

      1. i see your point, as a back up, centralization and accecibility by all divices its great.
        but to interact with the files … not so much..
        at the end of the the day large files need to be downloaded first…before interacted with.
        but that day shall come too 🙂

        i like to see Apple sell me a subscription where i get reasonable cloud storage, New iphone every year…. and streaming music .. all in one package… for 120/month…
        id go for it.
        other tiers can include selective software and upgrades or other devices .
        pretty much pay a subscription fee at different tire levels and have the latest and greatest of Apples offerings !

  4. Most people who are using the 2TB plan are likely using it for video projects and will be moving terabytes worth of data back and forth every few weeks.
    Yea, that’s not free.

  5. No.
    I have the .99 iCloud Drive service. I thought it was great until a few months back. I recently had my files deleted due to technical issues. The best I could surmise is while remoting into other work machines, and logged into my work pc, it was having issues guessing which profile was correct. Unfortunately this went on for a while. I’m not sure exactly, but somewhere around 20 files were deleted.
    Additionally, I’d love to see sync settings that allow me to sync all, or only selected folders to my computer. If I have 2 terabytes of data, I don’t want it synced across multiple machines. I want one for work, one for home etc….

    1. I’m not a Google fan myself, but this logic is slightly flawed, because Google doesn’t offer a 2TB option. The 1TB option is identical to Apple’s pricing, but this $1,199.88 you mention is for 10TB. Still a much bigger ripoff of course, which was the point you were making…

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