This morning, Amazon announced unlimited photo storage for Prime members. Seems like too good to be true. What’s the catch? I thought I’d give it a try. There’s a Windows app you can download. I did. First thing I did was try to copy a big directory to the cloud.
That appeared to go OK, so i canceled out of it. Oops:
I tried again, this time with some biggish psd and TIFF files:
Then I checked the upload speed:
Wow! Amazon appears to be throttling uploads, but at about 30Mb/s. This is way faster than any low-cost backup service I know.
What’s not to like? Well, this could be considered looking a gift horse in the mouth, and I could be wrong about some of these things, since I’m just getting started, but there doesn’t appear to be any way of changing the directory structure on cloud data, there’s no time-driven update service, and I’m not sure how conflicts are handled.
Still, this has got to be good for some things. My brother and I used to go to Florida in the summer (yeah, I know, we had it backwards). John loved orange juice, and there were roadside stands with “All you can drink” signs. We stopped at some. One day, John drank three glasses and held out the empty to the proprietor. He took it and put it in the sink. When John protested about what the sign said, the guy came back with, “Yep, that’s all you can drink.”
I wonder if Amazon’s going to tell me that unlimited doesn’t really mean unlimited.