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  • iPhones/iPods Getting More Online Data Storage Opportunities



    A company with a "cool" name is coming out with an equally cool opportunity for some iPhone and iPod owners. According to the announcement today, IceWEB is extending its online storage service to support both the iPhone and iPod Touch. The new product is dubbed "IceShare" and will be available for download in the App Store. As it stands, the app can be purchased individually or as a corporate license.

    Shortly after IceShare was introduced, comparisons to Apple’s MobileMe were made. And while its far too premature for a side-by-side analysis to size up the "competitors," the only assumption that can safely be made at the moment is that online storage and cloud computing services are hot commodities in the digital world today.

    Many industry analysts predict online storage services will become even bigger business this decade. As a result, IceWEB is hoping to capitalize on this perceived "demand" from consumers looking for new ways to store and access data as mobile users on the go. Through this new venture, IceWEB's servers will provide iPhone and iPod Touch users "full access" to their important data. As you would imagine, users can open, download, upload, and create files over WiFi or 3G.

    Of course, the same industry analysts who predict the boom of the online data storage business are those who similarly can't believe that the external hard drive industry has not yet altogether imploded. While online file storage and file Sharing sites and services have undeniably become immensely popular, it's unlikely that they will send external hard drives the way of the cassette tape any time soon.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhones/iPods Getting More Online Data Storage Opportunities started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 18 Comments
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Apps like this will be useful...once Apple allows full root access to the iPhone. And open app development to take advantage of it.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Sounds promising...
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      I prefer external HD so I can put in my safe.
    1. hackint0uch's Avatar
      hackint0uch -
      I hope Apple will allow full root access too sometime. It's annoying how they lock down the OS so much. It could do so much more, more devs would come to the iPhone (like me, don't want to pay or make jailbreak apps unless they can get to all users). If this doesn't get through approval that would be bad, they let dropbox in. Is there a survey for Apple to open the iPhone OS?

      Don't compare it to mobile me, it will give Apple a reason to reject it.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Microsoft sidekick anyone?
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Definitely something that will continue to get bigger and more popular. Unfortunately that will also mean the price will climb, but all together I think it'll still be worth it.
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      I still prefer external hard drives. I could careless about the iPhone OS being open. If it were to be open like Android it'll pretty much head to no where. Every developer will make their own version and the OS will have no direction. It'll just be one big clutter IMO. But anyway, cloud computing is nice but having my files right on my external hard drive is the safest and quickest access for me.
    1. mofolo's Avatar
      mofolo -
      Quote Originally Posted by hollow0 View Post
      I still prefer external hard drives. I could careless about the iPhone OS being open. If it were to be open like Android it'll pretty much head to no where. Every developer will make their own version and the OS will have no direction. It'll just be one big clutter IMO. But anyway, cloud computing is nice but having my files right on my external hard drive is the safest and quickest access for me.
      But Jailbreak has opened up the iPhone OS, and look what amazing things it has produced for the iPhone Community;
      Backgrounder, Winterboard, just to name a few.

      You cannot say that this is a bad thing!
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mofolo View Post
      But Jailbreak has opened up the iPhone OS, and look what amazing things it has produced for the iPhone Community;
      Backgrounder, Winterboard, just to name a few.

      You cannot say that this is a bad thing!
      Yes, i know there's jailbreak for it and it's great there's no lie about that. But the iPhone OS is still not completely opened up to where other manufactures are making their own versions of it. That's what i wouldn't want.
    1. bengo's Avatar
      bengo -
      Quote Originally Posted by hollow0 View Post
      Yes, i know there's jailbreak for it and it's great there's no lie about that. But the iPhone OS is still not completely opened up to where other manufactures are making their own versions of it. That's what i wouldn't want.
      Wow, you are clueless! Google makes Android; HTC for example, makes a customized UI for Android ( which you can change if you don't like it ).

      Two completely different things.

      Open OS means anyone can develop applications for it without having to ask the OS manufacturer for permission.
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by bengo View Post
      Wow, you are clueless! Google makes Android; HTC for example, makes a customized UI for Android ( which you can change if you don't like it ).

      Two completely different things.

      Open OS means anyone can develop applications for it without having to ask the OS manufacturer for permission.
      Uhh...I'm pretty sure he knows what he's talking about. He doesn't want iPhoneOS to become Android, which it won't.

      And your depiction of an "Open OS" is only half-right. It also means you can write apps and extensions without technical restrictions (like the OS not being "open" to developers)
    1. smuggler's Avatar
      smuggler -
      I highly highly doubt that the ability to store information online will wipe out the external hard drive market, there will always be a market for hard copies
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      Microsoft sidekick anyone?
      Haha.
    1. bengo's Avatar
      bengo -
      Quote Originally Posted by n00neimp0rtant View Post
      Uhh...I'm pretty sure he knows what he's talking about. He doesn't want iPhoneOS to become Android, which it won't.

      And your depiction of an "Open OS" is only half-right. It also means you can write apps and extensions without technical restrictions (like the OS not being "open" to developers)
      Uhh right I'm pretty sure he doesn't, or he's confused as to how the two would become "alike".

      Anyway, Apple will never license iPhoneOS to other vendors, nor will they loosen up their restrictions on app development, so no worries there.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      i have the Zumodrive cloud front installed [iphone/mac] but have rarely found the patience to use it. downloading any file, especially photos or music [which is why i got it] will give you a bloodvein in your forehead the size of a grapefruit. forget it, external HD's are far faster and secure. maybe not as accessible sometimes. but at least i wont die of a heart attack from my blood pressure rising.
    1. pyromcr's Avatar
      pyromcr -
      i think that i am going to go check that app out...
    1. SquareWheel's Avatar
      SquareWheel -
      Quote Originally Posted by n00neimp0rtant View Post
      once Apple allows full root access to the iPhone.
      This is Apple we're talking about. They'd lock you out of your house if they could.
    1. TooSlo's Avatar
      TooSlo -
      I'm just going to keep my 3TB FTP storage available instead of some company holding my information.