Dropbox is one of the most popular online storage services around and the company probably has its freemium business model to thank for part of its popularity.
Paid plans start at $10 per month or $99 per per year for 1TB of cloud storage… but if your needs are more modest, you can get by with a free account that includes 2GB of storage for no charge. You don’t get access to all the features that come with the paid plans, but you do get a pretty decent service for sharing large files with other users, backing up photos from your mobile device, and more.
But one thing you don’t get anymore? The ability to link more than three devices to your account at once. Dropbox just slapped a new limit on its free accounts. Note that this is about devices (like phones) and not web browsers. You can still access the web interface using as many different browsers ad you’d like.
Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.
- Dropbox limits users of its free service to 3 devices [Dropbox]
Dropbox users with a free account can now only link up to three devices to Dropbox. But if you have more than three computers, phones, or whatever, you can still unregister a device to add a new one — it’s just going to be a pain for multi-device folks. There is one caveat though: Dropbox Basic users that have already linked more than three devices prior to March, 2019 will be able to continue to use those devices… but they cannot add any new devices without freeing up a space.
- HP Expands Recall of Batteries for Notebook Computers and Mobile Workstations Due to Fire and Burn Hazards [CPSC]
HP expands its voluntary battery recall program with 78,500 more batteries after some are shown to overheat, “posing fire and burn hazards.” You can find a list of affected laptops and instructions for participating with the recall at HP’s batteryprogram687 website.
- Apple Music is now available on all Amazon Fire TVs [AFTV News]
Pretty much what it says in the headline.
- Spotify files complaint with European Commission against Apple [Music Ally]
Meanwhile, Spotify is filing a legal complaint against Apple, alleging anti-competitive behavior which gives Apple Music an unfair advantage over rivals (like Spotify) in the App Store.
- Microsoft resolves that gaming performance degradation thing it caused with a previous update [Microsoft]
So you know how Microsoft acknowledged that a recent Windows update could cause performance to suffer when playing some games? Now the company has released a new update that’s supposed to resolve the issue.
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As for me, this problem could be easily solved. I advise to use CloudMounter, it’s a third-party app which allows connecting Dropbox account from an unlimited amount of devices.
Have you tried MyAirBridge? I much prefer it over dropbox. For sure the best cloud storage I’ve tried. Very reliable service.
When Evernote did this a couple of years ago I thought it’ll take me a long time to migrate. But it turned out I only needed about 3 days to completely drop Evernote. I’m not saying Dropbox is bad. In fact I very much like it. But I don’t use it so much that I would need a paid account. This is a move too weed out the leechers, like me, who don’t pay for the service, only use it and hog resources, so it’s not hostile to say I can stop using Dropbox within 3 days.
I’m just the opposite of you. I originally started paying just so I didn’t feel I was “leeching.” My use wasn’t enough that I had to pay. Now I have over 60GB of files on their system (including version backups).
Office 365 is $70 a year. You get office and 1TB of onedrive. I don’t see a reason to go with dropbox unless you already have tons of files on dropbox or use Linux.
The family plan for $99 gives 5 terabytes total, one per family member, and includes office for at least 25 devices. 5 devices per member.
Nothing comes close to such a good deal like that.
The biggest hurdle seems to be to get people to change their habits of Pay Once to a Subscription model. Especially when the subscription costs a decent amount.
I can see Microsoft offering separate subscriptions for: Office, Cloud, Music, Xbox Stream.
Then maybe even try to combine them into a unified subscription that’s like US $300 / year, and even though it would offer unparalleled value, it would flop as there would be very little support from people.
Yet, the same people would unknowingly be generous to pay more for separate Netflix, Spotify, Dropbox, and PSN subscriptions.
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