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They're $1.99 and $9.99 per month respectively

Google is heating up the online storage competition by slashing some of its Google Drive prices. 

According to Google's official blog, the company is cutting the price of its monthly 100GB plan from $4.99 to $1.99, and is majorly slashing the price of its 1TB plan from $49.99 to only $9.99 per month.

The 15GB plan remains free, while 10TB is $99.99 per month, 20TB is $199.99 per month and 30TB is $299.99 monthly. 

These are some great deals, considering Google Drive competitor Dropbox charges $9.99 per month for 100GB.  

"Having launched Google Drive just two years ago, we’re excited that so many people are now using it as their go-to place for keeping all their files," said  Scott Johnston, Director of Product Management at Google. "Today, thanks to a number of recent infrastructure improvements, we’re able to make it more affordable for you to keep everything safe and easy to reach on any device, from anywhere."

Source: Google Official Blog

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RE: Why are people using cloud storage?
By Just Tom on 3/13/2014 5:27:22 PM , Rating: 2
Reclaimer is obnoxious but he has a point. Surely, you cannot seriously say you don't know why people use cloud storage. I am backed up completely, including a portable drive that lives in a fire-proof safe, and I still use cloud storage. Having easy, immediate access to documents is incredibly useful.

RE: Why are people using cloud storage?
By Mitch101 on 3/13/2014 6:00:10 PM , Rating: 2
He is trolling looking for a reaction rather than contributing to the posts. Him and I dont get a long but then he doesn't get along with many other either. For many reasons hes not doing it for the benefit of contributing to the thread. He is also very abusive to nearly everyone he posts a response to. But lets not spend any more time on him Ill be glad to answer your question.

I was curious why people were using cloud storage after all as the article indicated DropBox charges nearly $10.00 a month for what I would term as a useful amount of cloud storage. 5-20 gig to me is not useful for items you would trust in a cloud and better suited to an encrypted USB drive for backup as my keys go with me everywhere. My USB stick doesn't need internet access or a special application to access the service. I can access these files even on machines where dropbox is blocked like a server for instance. Plus my USB drive is 3.0 much faster than most peoples download and especially faster than most peoples upload speeds.

However now that Google is dropping a reasonable amount of space for $2.00 a month I have to say and I say it in many posts it is a good deal and worth the price to put your photos and music there. Even I would be tempted to throw them $12.00 a year for an offsite backup of my Photo's and Music for remote access as well. But at current dropbox prices its not worth having an offsite backup at $120.00 a year when that can buy a 3tb hard drive on newegg and never have to worry about who can get access to it because they would need the physical drive.

With a USB drive I have immediate access and its much more secure than someone guessing my password on the internet but again for $12.00 a year I might upload my photo's and music. I could also plug in my USB drive and do like you stick it in a fire case.

RE: Why are people using cloud storage?
By Just Tom on 3/13/2014 6:28:58 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, I know he is a troll. Heck, he can get into an argument with a mirror.

I am not discounting your method works for you, it obviously does and that is good. It just seems unlikely that you could not see the utility other people find in cloud storage.

As far as price per gig goes, well isn't that dependent on lots of things? $10 is not real money to some people, and to some people it means running out of gas.

As far as USB drives go, an awful lot of people are careless and almost nobody encrypts the files. And as far as encryption goes, you can always encrypt those files that end up on the cloud. The process is trivial.

RE: Why are people using cloud storage?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/13/2014 7:23:19 PM , Rating: 1
Oh, I know he is a troll.

I honestly take great offense to that. I debate the issues, I don't troll. I joke around at times, sure, but troll? No.

That was my honest reaction to his OP. It literally blew me away. That he could seriously see no value in cloud services or "get" why people use them, compared to USB drives!?

Troll? No.

It just seems unlikely that you could not see the utility other people find in cloud storage.

Exactly my point. You know we all get a little myopic at times, but Mitch really takes the cake. I've noticed on a variety of topics, he shapes the entire world based on his personal practices and experiences, and discards everything else.

Again, not trolling, just saying.

RE: Why are people using cloud storage?
By Just Tom on 3/13/2014 8:13:35 PM , Rating: 2
Two things: Why would the opinion of a complete stranger give you any offense, let alone great offense.

And you called me a troll simply for pointing out that your use of union would make the US a union. You cannot claim that as enlightened debate.

I agreed with your point. In fact I think I straight out said you have a valid point. Because you do.

RE: Why are people using cloud storage?
By Mitch101 on 3/13/2014 10:43:57 PM , Rating: 2
He has a tendency to go into attack mode before trying to get clarification. I think with me he saw my name on the post and immediately had to try and discredit it no matter what where you sought out clarification in a more tactful and productive manner.

RE: Why are people using cloud storage?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/13/2014 11:11:14 PM , Rating: 2
You went from "why would anyone use cloud storage" to "oh I think at $2 Google has a hit here".

That's not clarifying, that's backpedaling. It's a completely 180 and you know it.

You can be as cute as you want, the title of this thread says how you feel pretty strongly. So were your attempts at proving cloud services are less secure than your USB sticks, the apparent Holy Grails of backup technology.

By inighthawki on 3/13/2014 11:53:18 PM , Rating: 2
Actually after reading his posts I don't get that impression at all. His original post sounds more like he's legitimately asking what people use it for. One of his replies to someone else a mere 15 minutes after his original post was:

Thats seems logical offsite storage for photo backups and 100gig seems about right that's the main reason I have the drive in my router also for my music collection. $2.00 a month seems like a good logical solution for piece of mind.

That hardly sounds like someone strongly criticizing it.

His argument with you sounds a lot more like he is arguing the advantages and disadvantages to using the cloud as a backup medium. He seems to believe that the risk involved in a local backup solution on flash drives or external drives outweighs the disadvantages of using a cloud based solution.

He's brought up a number of factors such as your information not necessarily being safe on the cloud (with cited references), privacy concerns, convenience (and availability) of the locally accessed medium, transfer speeds (since it's not uncommon to have poor internet, especially upload speeds).

It really just sounds like you're just ignoring his argument and calling him dumb.

By Mitch101 on 3/13/2014 10:21:55 PM , Rating: 2
Prior to this pricing model I couldn't see many people using it because the price was too high. But sometimes people do creative things that you just need to see or hear about. So you got to ask and I missing something here other than backup. I also got pinged from a friend of mine wondering if he could put videos in the consumer cloud storage and then somehow reference the video files so he could stream the videos but not have his hosting package go over bandwidth usage. Thats creative thinking.

I think Google has a hit at $2.00 to make it trivial. I think they should scale it too for every 100 gig $2.00 up to 10 gig this way they can get the people with say 130gig today and growing because of their digital camera and music library. Let them build some comfort in the cloud. Data storage gets cheaper all the time this makes DropBox look bad and could lead to price wars which is great. I think Google is onto something that the storage needed to hit a good amount for throw away money and your right people are lazy heck I'm lazy for not using my USB hard drive since I got the USB router with hard drive so this is a good solution for them.

I have lost my share of USB drives and have some rules of the road. NEVER get a plastic one get rubber or metal ring version no matter how cheap when on sale it will cost you more if you lose it so spend the extra to get one that wont break free. Work requires we use encrypted USB drives so if you plug in a non encrypted one it will never mount. I only have the house key, car key, and keyfob on it so weight on the USB is not an issue.

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