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

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.

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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

Your Profile

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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