Cloud Storage / Music Services: Ubuntu One vs. Amazon Cloud Drive

Sure, Amazon may have beat Apple and Google at the cloud-based music store game today. However, it seems everyone in the tech news world has selective amnesia and forgot that Ubuntu launched a similar service to Amazon Cloud Drive / Player exactly a year ago. Below is how Amazon’s newly announced service compares with Ubuntu One (Amazon obviously took notes). You’ll see that they both are nearly identical, but each has its own advantages. Which will work best for you is just a matter of what you’re looking to get from the service.

Ubuntu One / Music Store Amazon Cloud Drive / Player
Free Storage 2GB 5GB
Music Purchases Saved to the Cloud Yes + unlimited storage on purchases Yes + unlimited storage on purchases
Download Purchases Yes Yes
Stream to Android, iOS Yes ($3.99/mo or $39.99/yr) Android Only (FREE)
Web Browser Music Streaming Playback No Yes
Web Browser File Access Yes Yes
Sync Files, Contacts, Bookmarks, Notes, Music Yes on Ubuntu & Windows + Contact sync on iPhone, Android, Blackberry, etc. No
20GB Cloud Storage $2.99/mo or $29.99/yr $20/yr
50GB – 1000GB Options Sort of… one can purchase additional 20GB upgrades aka “20-packs” Yes

* Ubuntu One FAQ



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