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Amazon is throwing its hat all the way in the ring of the battle for cloud storage supremacy with the introduction of desktop syncing for its Amazon Cloud Drive service. This puts it at a competitive level with other popular services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft SkyDrive. Prior to this update, the service was only available using the Web interface, which limited its use compared to the competition.

The new desktop application is now available for Windows and OS X, leaving Linux out in the cold on this one, at least for now. Amazon’s Cloud Drive desktop app is free to download, but you’re going to have to install Java in order to run the application. The Windows version comes bundled with Java, and Mac users will receive a prompt to install Java if they have not already done so.

Just like Dropbox, the app creates a new folder on your drive to which you can copy the files you would like stored in the cloud. Once there, you will have access to those files through any computer on which the app is installed, or through Amazon’s Web interface.

Sadly, Amazon has not launched mobile versions of the app (other than the Android photo syncing app), and focuses most of the functionality on its desktop app. This certainly limits the use of Amazon’s service, since many users will be looking to take their files with them on the road, and means that Amazon is still playing catch-up with Dropbox, Google Drive, and SkyDrive, all of which offer mobile applications for various operating systems.

Amazon is offering 5GB of storage for free, and the price for adding more data is reasonable when compared to the competition, which could make Amazon’s new Cloud Drive app a worthy alternative to the existing options.

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Will you try Amazon’s new app? Does it bring something new to the cloud storage game?

Source: Web Monkey

  1. Kevin Partner
    April 5, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    This would be a welcome feature IF Amazon didn't insist on copying the entire contents of your cloud drive to your computer. Both Google Drive and Dropbox allow you to choose which cloud folders are synchronised - I store my photos on Cloud Drive so I don't have to use up space on my desktop computer.

    • YaegerDesign
      April 29, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      Exactly! If you've already downloaded all of your MP3's why must you be "required" to download them all again to the "cloud" folder?

  2. macwitty
    April 5, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Without mobile sync 5 GB and a good plan for free is not anything for me. There are already too many around with mobile sync

  3. Nevzat A
    April 5, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Cloud options are getting crowded day by day. Security, privacy concerns makes many to avoid using them. Then there is https://owncloud.org/ , it's motto is "Your cloud, your data, your way". Hard to choose and manage.

  4. Bradlee Kuhn
    April 4, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Is it possible to move your folder location? I have limited C drive space due to running Windows on a smaller SSD. I store all my stuff on the D drive but I can't find a way to move my Amazon Cloud Drive folder to that drive.

    • YaegerDesign
      April 29, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      I would, also, like to move the "cloud" folder away from my SSD...

      • David DeTomaso
        April 30, 2013 at 12:40 pm

        Yeah, this is a major issue for me. I need to be able to either A) Move the folder away from my SSD, or B) Choose which items sync to my desktop. SSD is small and I really don't need 10 GB of pictures on it. Uninstalling the application for now.

  5. Fernando Lachica
    April 4, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    I'm using this since last January 2013 and very easy to use with my PC. I can easily read eBooks instantly. Thanks Amazon Kindle!

  6. Grr
    April 4, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Does Amazon cloud have a file-size limit? if not, 5Gb is worth a deal.

  7. Chuck Payne
    April 4, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    MediaFire Express ( http://www.mediafire.com/software/express/tour.php ) gives new users 10Gigs to start with, and if you share about them, you can earn more space. The service works on Mac, Linux, Windows and most phone os'es.

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