Google Drive Storage Space Gets a Big Price Drop
Google recently announced drastic price reductions for its paid Drive subscriptions, with 100 gigabytes of cloud storage now costing just $1.99 a month and 1 terabyte of data available for 9.99 per month, significantly undercutting the prices of rival Dropbox. Google Drive already offered lower pricing than Dropbox but the difference between the two services seems to be even larger now.
For individual Dropbox users, 100 gigabytes of cloud data runs $8.25 per month when billed annually or $9.99 per month on a month-by-month basis. A 200 gigabyte Dropbox account runs $16.60 per month billed annually, while 500 gigabytes is $41.60. Previously Google charged $4.99 per month for 100 gigabytes and $49.99 per month for one terabyte, both of which have been slashed to $1.99 and $9.99 per month respectively. The search giant also offers storage levels of 10 terabytes and higher starting at $99.99 per month.
Google Drive also offers 15 GBs of complimentary cloud storage for free. This is a higher amount than Dropbox’s starting 2 GBs, though that number can be increased through various methods including referrals.
As of right now Dropbox is the leader in the cloud file storage business, serving as the default storage and sharing platform for many. The service is available cross-platform, with dedicated applications available for Apple’s OS X and iOS, as well as Microsoft Windows and Google’s Android. Dropbox was allegedly offered a nine-figure buyout by Apple as part of a personal pitch by Steve Jobs in 2009. This offer was rejected and Apple ultimately went on to introduce its own iCloud service in 2011 which takes a different approach, focusing on the seamlessly syncing data in the background rather than dealing with traditional file structures such as Dropbox, Google Drive and others in the space.
Much like Dropbox, Google Drive also has its own application for Apple’s iOS as well as an OS X desktop client. The service is also integrated with third-party applications such as VLC. Other cloud storage solutions compatible with Apple’s platform include Box, Microsoft’s newly branded OneDrive and SugarSync. A Box personal account comes with 10 gigabytes for free, OneDrive includes 7 gigabytes of free storage and SugarSync recently transitioned to a paid-only model.
Are any of you going to be taking advantage of Google Drive’s new pricing options?