Time to Move Away from Dropbox

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Dropbox has been a loyal service to me, syncing files and folders across all my devices and platforms for years. The reliability has been faultless and not once did I ever see sync issues or conflicts of file(s) warning messages. I use the service for personal and work use but it has always bothered me that their pricing structure for the service was more expensive than their competitors even though Dropbox could justify the cost by pointing to reliability of sync.

Apple provide a storage sync service through every iCloud account and their current pricing structure for different levels of storage is more affordable than Dropbox but arguably, their syncing reliability has not generally had universal agreement in the industry plus crucially, iCloud didn’t offer a folder/file sharing feature that Dropbox did.

Last week at WWDC, Apple finally introduced iCloud folder sharing coming later this year and for me and I know for a lot of other folks, that was the final hold out of staying with Dropbox – a nail in the coffin, if you will for using the service.

To add a second nail to the coffin, this week Dropbox introduced an update to their service which Daring Fireball’s John Gruber called;

Now it’s a monstrosity that embeds its own incredibly resource-heavy web browser engine.

With more subscription services being introduced to consumers for streaming video, music and various other software, I personally feel it is nice to cross Dropbox off my paid-for subscriptions as now iCloud can finally replace it – at least for me that is and you might find it can for you too.