iCloud Beta goes live, pricing revealed

iCloud Beta goes live, pricing revealed
Apple's iCloud is expected to launch this fall, but a beta of iCloud.com, the portal to the cloud storage service web apps, has already went live for many developers, who can now get a look at the well honed interface and test the service. Up until now, it was unclear whether Apple would offer web access to iCloud services, and Cupertino did well in answering this questions, but it also revealed the pricing. Every user gets 5GB of free storage on iCloud, but data gluttons can purchase:

- 10GB of additional storage (15GB total) for $20 a year
- 20GB of additional storage (25GB total) for $40 a year
- 50GB of additional storage (55GB total) for $100 a year

Apple also mentions that “purchased music, apps, and books, as well as your Photo Stream, don’t count against your free storage.” You'd be able to purchase additional storage via iCloud.com or your iOS device.

So what's inside iCloud.com? There are web apps for your mail, contacts, calendars and iWork, all associated with your Apple ID. You'd also be able to use Find My iPhone, but the feature wouldn't work in the beta version.

How deep and robust exactly is that web front end that Apple launched today, you might wonder. We'd say that they're pretty powerful as the applications work just as you'd expect with all the familiar features and even settings accessible through the browser. In addition, there were some smooth animations, while locally cached data in calendars allowed even quicker operation. We should reiterate that the service is only in beta, but it's open to a large group of users – mostly developers. Do you like what you see so far? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

source: Apple via TechCrunch

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10 Comments

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

google music - free cloud storage of music and it doesnt matter where u got it. Why pay to store music you already own? Why be penalized because u didnt buy all ur tunes from iTunes? nuff said.

3. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Google charges for extra storage also. Apple has no extra charge for music that you have to pay. Another worthless troll comment by the resident sheep remix.

8. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Did Remixfa not read this article? thats the only way you could write a comment like that. Do you need me to read it to you. SN: Google charge way more for the extra storage, FAIL.

10. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Remix doesn't do very well with reading and comprehending. He's wrong almost everytime he posts

4. AnnDroid

Posts: 90; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

$20 at Google would give you 80GB ( and the 9+ listed below). Google provides free 7+ GB for email, 1GB for docs, 1GB photos, Google + has unlimited for photos. If your needs are less, just $5 a year would give you 20 GB. Apple=overpriced ripoff. But I find apple lovers are too uninformed to know the difference.

6. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

My calls don't get recorded by malware apps so I'm fine with Apple

9. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

what are you even talking about?

5. duder unregistered

20gb is free with google..... at least thats what i get for free

7. trixz31185

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 07, 2010

I wonder if blu ray digital copies will or will not count against the 5GB of free storage?

11. rex0422

Posts: 30; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

20 bucks for extra 10 gigs!? RIP-OFF!!! I get lots more from Google, and Google is kind enough to offer more than 7 gigs for my email, and 1 gig for my documents, and this pricing is ridiculous!

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