Have you purchased more storage on iCloud? Why?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by haruhiko, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. haruhiko macrumors 68040

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    I'm thinking of moving my backup to iCloud but 5GB is definitely not enough (my iPhone needs 7.5GB). Have anyone purchased more storage? If yes, how much storage do you need?
     
  2. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    I got it "free" since I already paid for MobileMe.....tho that was $99 for a year and I only got the $40 tier.
     
  3. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030

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    nope. so far I hate iCloud. I only like find my mac and photo stream.
     
  4. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    How can you hate a free syncing service....guess some people will hate anything.
     
  5. rocknblogger macrumors 68020

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    Yeah I don't get this either. Works as advertised, free, easy to set up and control what syncs where. Puzzled :/

    I too had a paid MobileMe account so I currently have 25 GB's. But I also use Dropbox and Box is giving away free for life 50GB accounts. You have to register through the iOS app if you want it. So between all those accounts I have a total of 125GB's which for now I think serves my needs.
     
  6. xraydoc macrumors 604

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    I had a big MobileMe family plan, so I've got currently 55GB of iCloud space "free" for the next year.

    I'll probably drop that down when the account comes due to probably the 25GB level, though it's too bad there isn't something between the $40 plan and the $100 plan.
     
  7. Pooshka macrumors 65816

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    25GB free of charge, baby. Well, until June 2012 at least. :D
     
  8. vitzr macrumors 68030

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    Although Apple "claims" you get 5GB, that's only true before you setup your iCloud account. By following Apples instructions exactly, 4.8GB is used up with only the most basic of content. This is well documented by several sources. PC Magazine has identified and issued a tutorial helping one reclaim some lost space. As always, Apple has designed iCloud to be another cash cow for them. One way or another they make a hefty profit, while convincing their followers they're not.
     
  9. acfusion29 macrumors 68040

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    i don't get your post.. but i'm not gonna argue.

    whether it's a cash cow or not, i like that everything is synced to a 'cloud' for free. 5GB is more than enough for me (and millions of iOS users) as of now.
     
  10. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Not yet

    But when the glitches are ironed out....New SSD's capacity becomes more affordable, I may.

    It'd be good to get rid of all theses NAS devices!
     
  11. liquidsuns macrumors 6502

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    Strange. I have more than what is probably "basic content", yet between my iPhone and iPad, I have used 1.4gb of the 5gb freely given. I'm sure when more game saves go to iCloud that number will get bigger, but it certainly won't fill up anywhere near 3.6gb.
     
  12. Maaz macrumors 6502a

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    rofl i have an iPhone and an iPad synced to their fullest and i still have 700mb of free space, not to mention the free 1000 pics or 30 days i have to store my photos on photo stream, stupid greedy apple......:rolleyes:
     
  13. someone28624 macrumors 6502a

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    I have an iPad and iPhone, both with a lot of content fully synced and am using 2.7 gb. If I needed to free space I'd unsyncronize some apps that are pretty easily redownloadable and only sync apps I've extensively personalized. You can also set it to back up to your computer instead of iCloud.
     
  14. darster Suspended

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    No need for me to buy more iCloud storage. Already have a time machine attached to my iMac with a 500 GB external hard drive, plus I have a macbook with all my data too. In the end, I wish to control where I store everything, not where Apple wants me to store it.
     
  15. Skika macrumors 68030

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    I would get more gb if Apple introduced some kind of iDisk where i could store whatever. As of now i find 5 gb enough for what it is needed.
     
  16. big samm macrumors 65816

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    Same here! 6/30/2012
     
  17. urkel macrumors 68030

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    Google offered a free sync service for years. So this "hate" may simply be "choice".

    For me, we have a 6 device family (2 iPad, 2 iPhone, 2 Macs) which were in perfect sync with Google services but I switched to Apple just because i want to live in the entire ecosystem but in the end it caused a lot of issues I never had with Google. Im still sticking to iCloud since I have gotten everything straightened out but I dont necessarily recommend it to my friends/family who are already comfortable with Google handling their sync.

    Oh, and my 5GB is already gone just on backing up my iPad/iPhone but im not going to buy more. Its pricing is a bit high just for backup.
     
  18. SaintsMac macrumors 6502a

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    Yep! I have that as well.
     
  19. Alonzo84 macrumors 6502a

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    I have 21.7GB free out of 25GB. When you go to manage storage, all the apps are selected to back up, but is the app itself being backed up to iCloud or just the app's data? And if it's just the data, is there a real need to have that backed up?
     
  20. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030

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    No, i just prefer local storage.
     
  21. boomhower macrumors 68000

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    I'm wondering the same thing. I can see why the app data is backed up, that's the whole point. If they are charging to store the app itself as a back up then it's a jip. All the have to do is link to where they have the app stored on there servers for the market already. It appears it is just storing the data to me.
     
  22. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    It appears to just back up personal data. On my iPhone all of my apps are listed with a corresponding size, and some are listed but say "No data", suggesting its only additional data that's stored. I'm surprised by some of the apps that store personal data, but it's small sizes, so I'm guessing it's just preferences...?
     
  23. docal97 macrumors 6502a

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    I have the additional mobile me storage also. But i'm not sure exactly why it would be needed. iCloud currently offers no idisk like functionality, and the standard 5 gb seems fine for the majority of users.
     
  24. Alonzo84, Oct 22, 2011
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    Alonzo84 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeh, I think you're right. I compared the size of the backup to the size of the app according to the AppStore for a couple of them and they don't match. Some back ups, like Facebook, are larger than the app itself and others are smaller. So it must be just the info related to the app.

    I noticed that, too. I'm still not sure what exactly you would lose by not backing up the app's data, though. They are small, but it adds up to over 3GB for all my apps while mail is only using 47.7MB. If there is no real need to back up the app data than I could have room to play with the free 5GB when my MobileMe storage expires next June without needing to purchase more.

    EDIT: Wow. Disregard my last. My camera roll is 3.1GB. Not sure how I missed that considering it's the first one listed.
     
  25. pbrooks macrumors regular

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    This is crap. I upgraded to iOS5 and iCloud on Day 1. By default, backup to the cloud was disabled on all my devices. I didn't even explore backup settings until finding the PC Magazine article you refer to and only then did I notice I had a choice. With default settings, I am only using 0.7gb of my allotted storage.
     

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