Cloud Storage for Mac

Whether you are using Windows or Mac, there is no end to the cloud storage options you have. In the case of Mac users, Apple has provided them a cloud storage service of their own: the iCloud. Merged with .Mac and MobileMe services, iCloud provides cloud storage facilities to Mac users regardless of whether they are using a desktop, laptop, notebook or a mobile device.

However, despite having a native cloud storage facility, some users feel the need to explore the other services available to them. In fact, it is a good idea to keep an eye out for alternatives in case iCloud doesn’t fulfill your cloud storage needs. Now that doesn’t mean that iCloud is completely useless. On the contrary, it has a few perks that make it stand out from the rest of the crowd. The great thing about the iCloud is that it comes pre-installed in the devices that support it. In the case of other cloud storage services, you will have to download and install their interface or software in order to use them. However, there are some limitations to the iCloud.

iCloud Limitations

Despite the fact that iCloud has been designed especially for Mac users, it doesn’t work with every application. You cannot fire up iCloud and use it through the OS X Finder. If a particular app doesn’t support iCloud, you cannot transfer files from it onto the cloud. This means that some potentially important files and documents cannot be backed up on the cloud because the service doesn’t support the app used in creating them.


Plus, the process of saving files on iCloud is a bit tedious. You have to first open up the file or document you want to save on iCloud. Then, you have to create a copy of it and save it on iCloud. This means that the cloud storage service doesn’t automatically sync files that you want to save on it. The copy that you save on iCloud will be the one synced to the cloud and you can access it through any Mac device. Any changes you want to make to the file have to be made to the synced copy. If you make the changes on the original file on your computer, they won’t appear in the copy you have saved online unless you repeat the process.

It is because of these limitations that some iCloud users feel the need to look up alternatives.

Cloud Storage for Mac – Alternatives to the iCloud

If you don’t think that iCloud is for you or if you have tried working around it without meeting any success, you definitely need a good alternative. So, here are three of the best cloud storage services for Mac users:

SkyDrive – Though SkyDrive is Microsoft’s cloud storage service, it has added a number of features that make it compatible with OS X. You can use the SkyDrive application directly from the Finder, something which you could not do with the iCloud. You will have to use a Hotmail, Live or MSN ID to sign up for SkyDrive. However, what makes this worthwhile is the fact that you will receive 7 GB of free space on signing up while you can subscribe to a monthly or yearly plan if you need more space.

Read SkyDrive Full Review.

Dropbox – Dropbox is among the oldest cloud storage services available to you. It has been around for the best part of a decade and considered to be the leader of the pack. Dropbox offers between 2 GB (for free) and 1 TB of storage space. When you download Dropbox on your Mac device, the software will create a local Dropbox root folder. You can move this folder if you want to. You simply have to copy the files you want to upload to the cloud into the folder. Dropbox has real-time syncing and the files will be synced up in no time.

Read Dropbox Full Review.

Google Drive – Google Drive, which was known previously as Docs, is Google’s equivalent of the iCloud. If you use Google services like Gmail and Google+, you can use your account to set up Google Drive. The Google Drive software also creates a native folder in your device that is synced to your account. Google Drive offers considerable storage space to its users but it has to be shared between the files and documents you save on the cloud and other content you upload to Google+.

Read Google Drive Full Review.

These are three of many great alternatives to the iCloud for Mac users. So if you are looking for cloud storage services that are compatible with Mac devices, these are the ones you should keep at the top of your list. This doesn’t at all mean that iCloud doesn’t make the grade, but it is a good idea to be familiar with its alternatives.


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