iCloud Drive versus DropBox (iTunes Files)

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by zachlegomaniac, Dec 12, 2014.

  1. zachlegomaniac macrumors 6502a

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    I am selling my iMac tomorrow along with it's 1 TB of hard drive space. My MacBook Pro only has 128 of solid state. I want to make sure I keep all of my files from my iMac (outside of a physical backup). Should I increase my Dropbox or iCloud Drive space? Can I truly store all my files on iCloud Drive (such as my music library, which I burned from CDs), or do I need iTunes match as well for my music?

    Thank you,

    ZLM
     
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    iTunes Match is a good way to preserve your collection for only $25 per year. The downside is that it only stores music and not video.

    You could consider buying a 1TB external hard drive and storing your library on that and pointing iTunes there for access.

    I use a 3TB RAID array to store my iTunes library on.
     
  3. zachlegomaniac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    If I do not have the music stored on a hard drive anymore (or simply on an external hard drive) will iTunes Match still work? For one year? As long as I pay the annual charge?

    Thank you.

    Also - The same goes for iCloud Drive. Do you need to have the files constantly syncing to a hard drive, or can I put my iPhoto collection on iCloud Drive, sell my iMac, and remotely access the files in the cloud as I would be able to with DropBox.

    Essentially, are they basically the same service?
     
  4. InsideTJ macrumors regular

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    Yes, it will. It has been flakey over the years, with some songs refusing to download, but it has been pretty stable lately. I love it. But I still keep an offline archive.

    edit: I also keep songs on google music. it allows downloads and is free for about 20k songs.

    Yes, it is not a SYNC service, so you can delete the local copy and the iCloud copy will remain. I use it sparingly, it works like dropbox. I don't trust the reliability aspects (of any cloud service...use it as a backup, not the only copy), but I trust the privacy aspect of iCloud more than dropbox.

    iCloud Photo Library, on the other hand, is a SYNC service. Delete the local photo, it deletes the cloud copy also.
     

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