If you've taken enough photos to fill up the storage allotment on both Dropbox and Google Drive, and you happen to be an Amazon Prime subscriber, you might want to check out the somewhat nondescript Cloud Drive app. Starting today, Amazon Prime users get unlimited photo storage via the company's branded cloud storage solution. The default free level of generic storage, for Prime members and everyone else, is still the standard 5GB.
The deal applies no matter what device you happen to be using, so automatic photo uploads from Android and iOS via the Cloud Drive app are free, and so are any photos you manually upload to the service's web application via Windows, OS X, ChromeOS, et cetera. I'm guessing that the common photo formats (JPEG, PNG, and perhaps RAW) are being auto-detected - any other kind of file will count against your total.
Amazon offers the now-standard desktop app for immediate syncing to local folders, and of course the photos are available on the Fire TV set-top box, along with a few other common devices like video game consoles. If you happen to have a Kindle Fire or Fire Phone, the app is probably already on your device. If it isn't, check out the Amazon Appstore listing here.
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon today introduced Prime Photos, the newest benefit for Prime members, which provides free unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive. Most people have a lifetime of birthdays, vacations, holidays, and everyday moments stored across numerous devices. And, they continue to create billions of photos every year. Now, Prime members have a simple, secure place to store them all for free. Starting today, members can securely store their existing photo collections, automatically upload new photos taken and access them anytime, anywhere, at no cost. Members can start using the Prime Photos benefit today by visiting www.amazon.com/primephotos.
Tens of millions of members around the world already enjoy Prime. In the US, membership includes unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 20 million items, instant streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes through Prime Instant Video, one million songs and hundreds of playlists through Prime Music, early access to select Lightning Deals and access to over 600,000 books to borrow through the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.
“This time of year in particular, families are capturing thousands of photos of holiday parties, family gatherings and opening presents,” said Greg Greeley, Vice President Amazon Prime. “With free unlimited photo storage, we’re providing one more reason for members to use Prime every day. Prime has always allowed members to conveniently save time and save money, and now with Prime Photos they can save memories too.”
Prime Photos will now enable Prime members to:
- Upload photos from their iOS and Android devices, Fire tablets and Fire phone, and Mac and Windows computers—and have them stored for free in the Amazon cloud.
- Access their photo collections at any time from nearly any device—including the big screen using Amazon Fire TV or the newly announced Fire TV Stick, as well as PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and select LG and Samsung smart TVs.
- Add photos to Cloud Drive in their original version so customers never have to worry about losing the full resolution image.
- Rest easy knowing that their photos are protected in the Amazon cloud.
Prime Photos is extended to all US Prime members. Members can access their photos on the following devices: Fire tablets, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV stick, Fire phone, iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, PlayStation 3 and 4, and select LG and Samsung smart TVs.