Here's what Apple's iCloud Drive will cost you, compared with its competition

With a new cloud storage service coming soon from Apple, it's time to see how all the top services compare on price and storage.

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At WWDC 2014, Apple debuted iCloud Drive, a cloud storage service where you can backup any type of file, and access anywhere you have an Internet connection.

The service will be built into Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, when both operating systems become available later this year. iCloud Drive lets you back up important documents, photos, and other files, so you can access them from your Mac computer, iPhone, iPad, or PC. Everything syncs across your devices, so if you make changes to a file on one device, it'll update on another.

Apple is hardly breaking new ground here, as many companies offering affordable cloud storage have come before it. Dropbox and Box have been around for years, and Microsoft recently revamped its cloud offering with a new name and new storage tiers. With so many options to choose from, let's take a look at your choices and what they'll cost you. You can make your own decision on which one is right for your needs, since there's not really a clear overall winner when it comes to price and storage.

Windows Mac iOS Android Windows Phone
Apple iCloud Drive x x x - -
Amazon Cloud Drive Web only Web only x x -
Box x x x x x
Dropbox x x x x -
Google Drive x x x x -
Microsoft OneDrive x x x x x

Apple iCloud Drive

Apple iCloud Drive will be available for Mac, iOS, and Windows 8; no word yet if there is a desktop client for Windows 7.

  • Free storage: 5GB
  • 20GB: $0.99 per month (about £0.60, AU$1)
  • 200GB: $3.99 per month (about £2.40, AU$4.30)
  • 1TB: Price to be determined

Google Drive

You share your storage space between Gmail, Drive, and Google+ Photos accounts, if you use those services.

  • Free storage: 15GB
  • 100GB for $1.99 per month (about £1.20, AU$2.15)
  • 1TB for $9.99 per month (about £6, AU$10)
  • 10TB for $99.99 per month (about £60, AU$108)

Dropbox

Dropbox gives you a discount if you pay per year, and you can earn extra free space from referrals and through promotions from the company.

  • Free storage: 2GB
  • 100GB for $9.99 per month, or $99 per year (about £6 or £60, AU$10 or AU$108)
  • 200GB for $19.99 per month, or $199 per year (about £12 or £120, AU$21 or AU$215)
  • 500GB for $49.00 per month, or $499 per year (about £30 or £300, AU$54 or AU$540)
  • Unlimited business plan costs $15 per user, per month, with a minimum of 5 users. (about £9, AU$16)

Microsoft OneDrive

OneDrive's individual plans are billed annually. The 1TB OneDrive for Business option has a promotional price of $2.50 per user per month until September 2014. After that, it's $5 per user per month.

  • Free storage: 15GB
  • 100GB for $1.99 per month (£1.99, AU$2.11)
  • 200GB for $3.99 per month (about £2.35, AU$4.24)
  • 1TB for $2.50 per user, per month (£1.50, AU$2.70)

Amazon Cloud Drive

You can no longer download a desktop app for Amazon Cloud Drive; instead, you can upload files to the website or one of the mobile apps.

  • Free storage: 5GB
  • 20GB for $10 per year (around £6, AU$10)
  • 50GB for $25 per year (around £16, AU$27)
  • 100GB for $50 per year (around £30, AU$54)
  • 200GB for $100 per year (around £60, AU$108)
  • 500GB for $250 per year (around £150, AU$270)
  • 1000GB (1TB) for $500 per year (around £300, AU$540)

Box

Box's paid plans are designed for businesses and teams.

  • Free storage: 10GB
  • 100GB for $5 per user, per month (about £3, AU$5.40)
  • Unlimited - $15 per user, per month, with a minimum of 3 users. (about £9, AU$16)

Editors' note, June 23, 2014: This article was updated to reflect new prices for Microsoft OneDrive. All prices are given in US dollars, and converted to other currencies. However, prices may vary by region. Apple has not yet announced international pricing.

 

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