Dropbox announced this week that it reached the 100 million user mark, a milestone for any cloud service, especially when that service’s usefulness depends so greatly on user numbers. The more people use Dropbox, the more likely Dropbox’s folder sharing and collaboration features will be of use to the average user.
Even at 100 million users, Dropbox is still lagging far behind lead competitors like Apple iCloud, which boasts user numbers upwards of 190 million. Even though it might not be the biggest player on the field, it has hit a milestone few startups could hope to.
Here at LockerGnome, we use Dropbox every day in order to share videos and other internal files between writers, video editors, and our founder. Because it’s available for free, the cost of entry is negligible. If you can take advantage of storage-boosting deals such as recommendation perks and extra space granted in exchange for linking your account with a mobile phone, the value of this service improves.
Over the past year, Dropbox has made dramatic improvements on its service. Downloads are quick, syncing files is easy and reliable, and the amount of free storage you can get has increased from just a few extra GB over the initial two GB you receive to well over 50. I’m using a free account myself and have over 52 GB of storage on Dropbox.
For $9.99/month you get 100 GB of online storage. That’s plenty of space to sync important files (of all kinds) and share folders with friends. At that price, you’re getting a pretty good deal. You can double it and spent $19.99 for 200 GB or $49.99 for 500 GB of online storage. It’s hard to imagine any situation that would require 500 GB of synced space online outside of a remote video editor with a lot of bandwidth, but it’s there for you if you need it.
Dropbox also has team deals available where members of a company or organization can share from the same pool of online storage. These plans are great for businesses that utilize remote staffing and other environments where individual accounts may be less appropriate.
Dropbox is one of the easiest multi-platform file syncing platforms out there. It has changed the way I share large files both professionally and personally. It’s reliable and the way it integrates into the local drive makes it fairly seamless.
So, is it worth it? At an introductory price of free, I have no problem naming it one of only a very few such services I would recommend.