Remember when storing personal data and media was a chore? Floppy disks, CDs, DVDs, and USB storage devices cluttered our desks at home. Thanks to cloud services, these troubles are a thing of the past. From documents and music, to photos and finances, your personal data and your personal life can be organized and put on to the cloud. Below is a list of some of the cloud services available for your personal data.
Music –Digital music has been around for years now, but where do you put it? Physical media is a thing of the past and even an iPod has become unnecessary. Why? Streaming music services are abundant on the cloud. Services like Spotify.com, Pandora.com, and GrooveShark.com allow you to create playlists of existing music on the web and stream it to your PC or mobile device.
Photos and Video – Digital media has become increasingly important in our lives and the quality of it has improved over time. YouTube.com and Vimeo.com are excellent cloud services where high quality videos can be instantly uploaded and stored. When it comes to photos, services like Picasa.com, Flickr.com, and Shutterfly.com help us keep our photographs constantly accessible from the cloud.
Documents – Google has long been a pioneer of cloud services for personal life, and documents are no exception. Google Docs (docs.google.com) is capable of hosting documents. Documents such as spreadsheets, presentations, or regular Word docs, can be edited and saved on the cloud. Other services like Zoho.com have comparable document hosting and editing on the web. Microsoft has recently released Office 365, a cloud based version of their popular Office suite of software.
Storage – We are always in need of general file storage to make all of the above happen. The cloud once again has us covered. Dropbox.com and Apple iCloud ensures that our files are synchronized across all of our computing devices when connected to the internet. Google Drive integrates with existing Google cloud services to give direct access to cloud hosted files. Microsoft SkyDrive does the same for Microsoft related services.
No matter what your needs may be for storing and organizing your personal data, the cloud has a service and solution for you. Thanks to the cloud, your data is no longer held captive by a single physical device. All you need is an internet connection and your data is accessible anywhere in the world.