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The Difference Between iCloud and Dropbox [Dec. 29th, 2011|12:45 pm]
Tomas Gallucci
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From Daring Fireball

Dropbox vs. iCloud

Stephen Hackett:

iCloud may become a direct competitor of Dropbox’s, but the purposes of the services are different at this point.

Dropbox’s main usage is to sync files; iCloud would have users sync data, hiding the individual files from the user interface.

Perhaps not a bad definition of a post-PC device: one with no user-visible file system. Dropbox is very much a PC technology, conceptually, because it is all about the file system. That’s why we nerds love Dropbox on our post-PC devices — it gives us some PC-like control. Sometimes we want files.

Subtle but very, VERY difference in the two approaches.

And I'm not arguing that one is better than the other. In fact, I wished that iCloud allowed me to sync files and this was my frustration with iCloud once I got my hands on it. But I understood what Apple was trying to do. I just didn't have a way to articulate the scenario this simply.

(If you ask nicely, I could be persuaded to put up the crap that I have typed up...on second thought, it's probably best if that never saw the light of day.)