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. Office 365 is such a far better deal, including the Office apps as it does, plus 1 Tb of storage. I just wish there were a way to use that storage with Apple products, which of course Apple has no interest in implementing.

  2. Absolutely not, not as it’s been presented.

    Apple must think we are idiots. If they charge us more for a service, are we supposed to believe we are getting more?

    Thanks for nothin’.

    1. This site sadly is filled with many such idiots, paying full price for what should be free, and defending the indefensible, because, well, Apple.

      As a rule of thumb, if your comment gets a low star rating you can consider it to be spot on.
      Common sense in an open forum like this is a thing of the past.

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