Yahoo announced a partnership with Dropbox, which adds the file storage and sync service right to your Yahoo mailbox. I’m totally shocked, shocked I say, to see a company headed by Marissa Mayer start to compete with services offered by Google. Regardless, it’s a smart move and partnering with Dropbox, a service that’s already popular and mature, shortcuts the usual development cycle.
The Amazon service is really just an extension of their Cloud Player music service. The basic online storage service offers 5 GB of drive space, which is not bad. There is an Android app for photo storage but so far no specific guidance from Amazon if they plan on expanding the service past the desktop.
Recently we covered online backup services and now it appears everyone wants in on the cloud storage game. The entrance into the market of heavyweight tech players can only drive down prices for online storage and give consumers more options. The pricing pressure is there straight out of the gate. Amazon sells additional storage for roughly $1/year for every 2 GB of additional storage, roughly half what Dropbox charges.
Competition is a wonderful thing.