Dropbox Reaches 100 Million Users – is It Worth It?

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.

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Ryan Matthew Pierson has worked as a broadcaster, writer, and producer for media outlets ranging from local radio stations to internationally syndicated programs. His experience includes every aspect of media production. He has over a decade of experience in terrestrial radio, Internet multimedia, and commercial video production.

  • http://vincentguerrero.com/ Vincent Guerrero

    I have been using the $9.99 plan for quite some time. I use Dropbox for many things: Backups, keeping photos synced, and even sharing song ideas with my band. It is also one of the first apps I install on a new Mac, PC, or mobile device.

  • http://twitter.com/apathetic012 ‘David Cyrus

    What do you mean is it worth it? Offering a service which has a free plan and has linux support (cough..box..cough), they definitely offer an awesome service.

  • Giorgio Wicklein

    Dropbox is essential to me!

  • http://twitter.com/#!/gpowerf G.Power

    Well worth it, I keep files in synch between my Windows and Linux laptops, my work server, as well as my phone.

    Oh, and our company uses it too, that’s how we collaborate and where we put all our files.

    Dropbox is absolutely brilliant and worth every penny :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=570778647 Lisa Baskett

    Great service. Good UX, until you realize you can’t set permissions and one of the users you shared with decides to delete the folder and it gets deleted for everyone. If you know that going in and back up your files, then it’s truly awesome.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1430310093 Wolfee Darkfang

    Dropbox is my main place to share photos and my artwork. I then link them to my galleries to show my followers. My favorite part of it is that you can earn free space as a option. How on earth did you get 52GB on a free account? Must have been a lot of promotional stuff I guess. Mine is currently at 4.88GB because I can’t get people to signup under my refer code. I would post the code here but I might get in trouble or something. :)

  • mikycomputers

    Hello,

    You can’t get 50 GB just from referrals and promotions, the Max you can get is about 30 GB.

  • http://www.globalgeeknews.com pcnerd37

    I love Dropbox but I really wish they used encryption where only I had the key so they couldn’t just hand over my data to whatever government agency asked for it.

  • Simon Pettiford

    Dropbox is worth it. I use it at work to sync files myself and my manager need access to, and for many personal uses. I’ve always used the free plan though and not paid a penny to them yet – but I’ve been considering it.