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The Best Online Storage: A Cloud-Vs.-Cloud Comparison

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Now that Apple has launched its Cloud platform, the battle for internet-based-storage supremacy is on. Here's how the top four stack up.

Your Profile
Apple addict (a.k.a. iSheep)
Your Cloud
Apple iCloud
Highlights
Stores anything created in an Apple application, with no size restriction, synchronizing content across devices, even uploading pics from your iPhone as you snap them.
Comparable With
Apple devices and PCs running Windows

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Data geek
Your Cloud
Google cloud suite
Highlights
Safeguards your Google universe: photos, documents, contacts, e-mail (up to 10 GB each). Plus, Google Music streams and synchronizes up to 20,000 tunes.
Comparable With
Anything with a browser, but Google Music is only for Android

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Audiophile
Your Cloud
Amazon Cloud Drive
Highlights
Stores all file types no matter the size and streams all your uploaded songs for free—even the ones you didn't buy on Amazon—via its new Cloud Player.
Comparable With
Anything with a Flash-equipped browser

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Microsoft Office power user
Your Cloud
Windows Live SkyDrive
Highlights
Comes with free Office applications to edit docs on your Web browser and synchronizes photos and videos between your PC and Windows smartphone.
Comparable With
PCs running Windows, Apple computers, and Windows phones

— Brian X. Chen




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