I only have 5GB of apple storage. I have 27+GB of Media, what's the point?

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  1. Swagged macrumors regular

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    Photo's is basically useless with only 5GB of storage. I refuse to pay for more storage...
     
  2. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    With all the features in Yosemite and iOS 8, 5 GB of cloud storage is rather anemic, especially when part of that 5GB is used for device backup.

    The current design of iCloud, along with the pricing model for more storage, doesn't provide any incentive for me to pay to upgrade the storage limit. I don't think Apple is very competitive in this area. And until they are, I will continue to make use of storage elsewhere.
     
  3. KALLT macrumors 601

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    It’s just enough for most things, similar to 16 GB of storage on iPhones. Storage is expensive with Apple, both hardware and cloud.
     
  4. Wowzera macrumors 6502a

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    I think that, to be fair, Apple should give us 5GB for each Apple Device we own.
    I have an iPad mini, a macbook air 2013 and an iPhone 6. Why I need to share 5GB for all of them?
     
  5. KALLT macrumors 601

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    Because it’s mostly the same data, no? You wouldn’t have more personal data, just because you have more devices; they’re pooling everything (aside from backups of course).

    They only need to increase base storage to at least 15 GB, like OneDrive does, and make the pricing for additional storage competitive. Microsoft offers 1 TB of cloud storage and a subscription to their Office apps for $6.99 a month. You don’t even get 500 GB for that on iCloud. Apple offers good value for money these days with the software they’re handing out for free, but they are remarkably stingy when it comes to cloud storage, even though 99% of their iCloud users are likely Mac/iOS customers.
     
  6. Ray Brady macrumors 6502

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    I heartily endorse this idea. Apple has never offered any kind of customer loyalty incentives. A plan like this would be a good way of motivating people to stay within the Apple environment without costing them a dime.
     
  7. 808? macrumors 6502a

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    No one is forcing you to use iCloud, you can keep the 27+GB of media locally to use with Photos.
     
  8. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    The point of Photos is to replace iPhoto as the Mac app used to edit and organize your photos. It also has the option to store them in iCloud. Regardless if you use that option, its still used to edit and organize.
     
  9. Wowzera macrumors 6502a

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    Yep, it may share the same data, but my point is that with more devices that "same data" will increase its size, don't you agree?
    Also, I agree with you with the current prices of cloud storage by Apple.
     
  10. KALLT macrumors 601

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    No, I don’t think necessarily I agree. You’re not creating more data, just because you have more devices. Whether you only have one iPhone and a Mac or an iPhone, an iPad and a Mac, has not by definition anything to do with the amount of data you need to store in iCloud to make the cloud syncing work. The only exception to this is device backups, but that is not for interoperability between devices.

    iCloud Photo Library is a good example. When enabled, all your pictures will be uploaded. If you keep your devices in sync through iTunes, this means that your Mac will have the complete library. Your iPhones and iPads won’t add any more data by themselves, they just pull the data that is already in the cloud.

    It may of course be true that you are more active when you have more devices, but that is a strictly subjective thing. Apple has nothing to gain by handing out free data on a per-device basis if it could equally offer a higher baseline and charge for higher tiers. This is especially true for Apple fans who own and have owned many devices.
     

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