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Amazon joins the unlimited cloud storage game (Prime Members)

 
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Nov 04, 2014 08:54 |  #1

If speedy delivery, a subscription music and video service wasn't good enough, Amazon is now throwing another sweetener in to convince you to sign up to Prime. The retailer has announced that it'll offer Prime subscribers unlimited photo storage in the company's cloud drive. According to the release, users will be able to upload their collections in full resolution to ensure that their image is always protected. As well as the company's own smartphone and tablets, the service will work on iOS and Android devices, and the snaps can be accessed with a variety of hardware including the Fire TV, Stick, PS3, PS4 and, presumably, any device that can already access the company's other online attractions.

http://www.engadget.co​m ...1/04/amazon-prime-photos/external link

It says full resolution but then only mentions iOS and Android - I wonder if you can do it with other photos as well or just mobile photos?

edit:

Requirements for Uploading Photos & Videos
•The photo or video is smaller than 2 GB
•The video is less than 20 minutes long
•You have sufficient storage space available on your Cloud Drive and on your computer
•File and folder names contain fewer than 255 characters



Supported File Types

For photos:
•.bmp
• .gif
•.jpeg
•.jpg
•.png
• .raw
• .tif
• .tiff

For videos:
• .mp4 (including mov, 3gp, m4v)
•.avi (including divx)
•.mts (mpeg transport stream)
•.mpg (mpeg program stream)
•.asf/.wmv
•.flv
•.ogg

Note:
•Supported video codecs include: h.264, mjpeg, mpeg4, mpeg2, mpeg1, h.263, Sorenson. Supported audio codecs include: aac, mpeg1/2, amr, wma, qcelp, pcm.
•Photos or video file types that do not meet the above requirements can be found in Cloud Drive Files, but not viewed in Cloud Drive Photos & Videos. Unsupported photo file types are not covered under the Prime unlimited storage benefit and will count against your Cloud Drive storage limit.

So it accepts raw as well - up to 2 gigs per file? This makes my prime membership worth it on its own.


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Nov 04, 2014 10:53 |  #2

Nice. I'm not going to start using this as my primary cloud storage, but it sure will come in handy.




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Nov 04, 2014 11:19 |  #3

Nice. I wasn't going to renew but I may now.


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Nov 04, 2014 12:20 |  #4

I just tried to log in for my cloud storage here at work and I ran into an interesting problem. I'm in Canada but use Amazon.com for everything. When I try to log into Cloud storage it keeps defaulting to the .ca site where I only get 5gb.


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Nov 05, 2014 00:04 |  #5

After setting this up, it appears they have not made it very useful as a real backup solution from the desktop (probably by design). There is no automatic sync or backup utility, just a window to drag and drop. So any backup has to be manual. uploading a 500MB folder took about 10 minutes, which means I'm at about a month for my whole photo library at that rate. And then there is no real method for synchronizing new files or changes. I'd just have to remember to upload new folders manually.

There's not a very flexible way for sorting images other than date and albums.

The android and ios apps have auto sync, so I'm guessing it's more designed for those and to facilitate sharing limited collections from the PC to mobile.

Also, you can send someone a generated link with access to a specific file, but it is not a direct link to the JPEG, so embedding in forums,etc, would not work.


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Nov 05, 2014 10:07 |  #6

Anyone know if other raw types are supported? CR2, ORF?


Asked Amazon and their response:

Thanks for contacting Amazon.

I've gone through the details and can see the unlimited photo storage benefit includes most major image file types: JPEG, GIF, (both animated and non-animated), most common TIFFs, RAW, PNG, and BMP.

****I will make every effort to evaluate the information you have provided, and try my level best to escalate this issue and ask the specialist team to work on it and make the "raw formats" available at the earliest to avoid any inconvenience to you or any other customers. Thanks for bringing this to our attention and I'm truly sorry we did not meet your expectations in this regard.




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Nov 06, 2014 01:45 |  #7

Well after setting this up and running into limitations, I did finally decide it was time to get my photos into cloud backup. But Amazon's limitations led me to look for a real cloud backup provider and I signed up for iDrive instead! Thanks, Amazon! :lol:


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Nov 06, 2014 10:20 as a reply to tkbslc's post |  #8

This will make a great backup to my backups!!!

We will see if they really mean unlimited as I am currently in the process of copying more than 44,000 photo files (more than 278 gb) from my NAS 2TB hard backup to Amazon Prime. This will be a cloud backup of my hard backup.

I wonder if they will shut me down at some point. I expect it will take a day or so for the uploads to complete.


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Nov 07, 2014 04:57 |  #9

Fyi, Office 365 subscribers get unlimited backup via their OneDrive account and Windows and Mac OS X sync applications. I have the feature but not the internet to support it, haha. Just throwing that out there as another alternative. Google Drive University/Education and Apps users with 5 or more users also get the unlimited treatment as well, also with sync tools.


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Nov 07, 2014 18:07 |  #10

It won't let me upload unlimited .raf raw files :(

edit: Amazon customer service said they support .raf files for free so I'm troubleshooting with them. hopefully this all works out.




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Nov 10, 2014 01:35 |  #11

Hmmm...uploaded a bunch of .mp4 and .mov video files, they counted against my data and cut me off after 5 GBs.


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Nov 10, 2014 02:18 |  #12

Yep, ONLY picture files are "free".


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Nov 10, 2014 06:25 |  #13

http://www.amazon.com ...=cd_tou_fp&ref_=cd_​lm_touexternal link

https://www.amazon.com ...isplay.html?nodeId=​468496external link

At least for anyone concerned if Amazon will use the photos for any purpoase, vaguely but it seems like they 'may' under their privacy police it mentions in the first article. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.




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Nov 10, 2014 11:05 |  #14

tkbslc wrote in post #17262375external link
Yep, ONLY picture files are "free".


OK, good to know




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Nov 10, 2014 11:12 |  #15

But does Cr2 work?


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