Cloud Drive Price Comparison: Amazon, Apple, Google, Box, Dropbox, Skydrive and SugarSync

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 24, 2012
Updated • Jun 5, 2016

If you are looking for a new Cloud Drive service for storing data online, or for synchronizing data such as photos or documents, then you are in for some research on the topic as offers vary largely from provider to provider.

Price can be an important factor when selecting the right cloud hosting service especially if you might exceed the free storage provided at one point in time in the future.

With that many services in the field, it is important to compare pricing, as much as it is important to look at the feature sets individual services offer. Like pricing, features differ a lot between services.


It starts with the supported operating systems.Amazon Cloud Drive's software is available for PC and Mac, and Android and iOS. Microsoft OneDrive on the other hand is available for those, and also for Windows Phone and Xbox.

If you need to access your files on specific devices, you need to make sure that they are supported by the cloud hosting service of your choosing.

Back to pricing. All services offer Gigabytes of free storage. If you need more, you need to pay either a monthly subscription fee, or a yearly fee. Free storage ranges from 2 Gigabyte that Dropbox offers to the 15 Gigabyte that Google Drive offers. And if that is not confusing enough, some services give you extra Gigabytes if you refer other users, or take part in promotions.

Cloud Drive Price Comparison

cloud sync price comparison

Online storage pricing differs immensely between services. If you take the 1000 Gigabyte tier alone, the price difference between the cheapest provider, Microsoft, and the most expensive one is more than $550 per year.

The price information you find listed below are as of June 2016. Please note that pricing may change at any time in the future. If it does, please let us know in the comments so that we can update the table.

The following screenshot displays the free space and extra space pricing of the following cloud hosting services: Amazon Cloud Drive, Apple iCloud, Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive and SugarSync.

The prices highlighted in gree indicate the cheapest storage pricing up to this point. Some services may offer more online space for a cheaper price than other services offer less storage space. Click on the image to view it in full screen.

Storage (GB) Amazon Drive Apple iCloud Box Dropbox Google Drive Microsoft OneDrive SugarSync
2 free
5 $11.99 free free
10 free
15 free
50 $11.88 $23.88
100 $96 $23.88 $89.88
200 $35.88
250 $119.88
500 $299.88
1000 $119.88 $119.88 $119.88 $83.88 $660
unlimited $59.99


  • Amazon is the only provider that offers unlimited storage, and that at a very good price of $59.99 per year. The company's other plan gives you 5GB of storage but supports unlimited photo storage.
  • Apple provides Apple Music customers with access to their entire music library in the cloud, and does not count it against the storage quota.
  • Google offers storage beyond the 1TB mark. You can sign up for 10TB, 20TB or 30TB of storage for $99.99, $199.99 or $299.99 per month respectively.
  • Microsoft's 1TB offer includes a subscription to Office 365.

The best free service storage-wise is Google Drive which nets you 15 Gigabyte of free storage. When it comes to paid accounts, price may not be the sole decider when it comes to selecting a provider.

If price is the only factor, Amazon Drive takes the crown as it gets you unlimited storage for $59.99 which is half as expensive as most 1TB plans offered by other providers.

Most services offer a trial option or a free option, so that you can try before you subscribe. This is highly suggested as you can test the programs and functionality that these services provide you with before signing up for a paid plan.

Now You: are you using a cloud synchronization service? If so which, and why?

Cloud Drive Price Comparison: Amazon, Apple, Google, Box, Dropbox, Skydrive and SugarSync
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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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