Over time, many of us find that we’re paying for multiple cloud services that do more or less the same thing. This can easily happen in the Apple ecosystem – you can be paying for Dropbox, Box, or another cloud storage service and then also throw Apple some money every month to expand iCloud storage for photos or backup.
David Chartier has written an interesting series on his Finer Things in Tech blog where he decided to do something about this and share his experience.
He decided to move everything from Dropbox over to iCloud Drive and you can read his review and lessons learned at the four month mark.
My Dropbox-to-iCloud Drive experiment has gone pretty well overall. Both were charging me $10 per month for 1TB of space, but now that I moved everything to iCloud Drive and pulled Dropbox back down to the free tier, I get to save $120/year.
To expand on this, David joined the Mac Power Users podcast where he compared his experience with what David Sparks and Katie Floyd are doing. It turned into a good discussion of Dropbox, iCloud Drive, and other cloud services. You can listen to Cloud Wars: iCloud and Dropbox here.
Personally, I don’t use iCloud Drive for anything other than storage-within-apps. I am wary of switching to it as my file system, but those fears are probably unfounded as the article and podcast show.
Have you made the switch to iCloud Drive, or are you sticking to your existing service? How did it go if you did make the leap?