Re: SkyDrive, Google Drive, and Apple????
i got 25gbs free on skydrive, 20 gbs free from box.net. So given that apple wants to charge for icloud they'd need a good free solution of the same gigabytes to even be in the conversation with me: ie 20gbs free icloud file storage.
And as for icloud's itunes match: i already got about 17k songs in Google play, again for free, that do the exact same thing as itunes in the cloud. And i'll never have to pay for it. And soon Google is adding "scan and match" so no more uploading. And i'll fill up the remaining 3k slots without having to upload. So for me the other services like skydrive, box, googleplay, google drive (don't really use) etc all offer better file solutions at a much better cost (no cash money).
Side note i don't think apple likes people messing with files. I'm was on macs a long time, then move to windows for 13 years but my parents still have macs. One thing i notices is in windows there's a file explore that's used often. you are expected from software to navigate to the file and open it. With Mac OS, they often seem to craft apps to minimize you actually having to find or remember where the actual file is. For example, if you let itunes manage your music, it will rename the file to something unintelligible, and resort it. Itunes assumes you have no interest in using that file again. Another example, is iphoto. I remember trying to tell my mother to email me a photo and i was telling her "just open gmail and drop the jpeg into the browser and it will add it to the email." But she kept saying, "it's in iphoto. I don't know where the actual file is." Come to find out that's just the way iphoto worked. It imported a photo from her camera but never told her where the file was. I may have renamed it something unintelligible too. I know that you CAN and do use actual files and that there is an actual file structure but i get the impression is that Apple's view has always been, "Our goal is to make it simplistic to use and to do that we'll do everything for you, like making it so you don't need to mess with those pesky actual files like those windows cretins." And notice that with icloud there's no real way to get at the files your storing. I don't think they want you touching files.
because of this i sometimes wonder if it's even in there makeup to think about users wanting to store actual files. And so even though they are said to have tried to buy dropbox i still wonder if they are wired to think these things are even a good idea.