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Amazon is pulling the plug on Amazon Drive, a cloud storage service that the company first launched in 2011, when it was known as Amazon Cloud Drive.
Existing users will no longer be able to upload files to Amazon Drive starting January 31, 2023. And the service will shut down entirely on December 31, 2023. So if you have any files stored only on Amazon Drive, you’ll want to download them or move them to another cloud storage service by then… unless the only files you care about are photos or videos. Because those have already been migrated to Amazon’s other cloud storage service: Amazon Photos.
Amazon Photos, which is designed specifically as a photo and video backup and sharing service, will continue to existing indefinitely. Anyone with an Amazon account gets 5GB of free storage space for videos. And all Amazon Prime members get unlimited, full-resolution photo storage.
Folks who need more space for videos can pay:
- 100GB for $2/month or $20/year
- 1TB for $7/month or $60/year
- 2TB for $12/month or $120/year
There are also options to pay for even more video storage, but only if you foot the bill for an annual plan, as monthly options aren’t available above 2TB. Price range from $180/year for 3TB of storage to $1800/year for 30TB.
Or, of course, you could migrate to one of the dozens of other cloud storage services including Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, OneDrive, or others.
As for Amazon Drive, it starts its slow fade into oblivion this fall. Amazon says it will remove the Amazon Drive apps from the iOS and Android app stores October 31, 2022.
You can find more details in the Amazon Drive Deprecation FAQ.
“Amazon is pulling the plug on Amazon Drive…” How Google-ish of them!
Why would iphone users pay for icloud if they already have a Prime membership? I created a Shortcuts script to backup my iphone photos/videos to my home samba share, but an extra, free backup sounds great.
Easy, because I won’t install any Amazon apps.
But I do the same as you, I have a daily scheduled dump to my SMB server