We’ve all heard about the benefits of cloud storage and how it’s going to revolutionize the way we store and access our data. So far, though, the technology has been slow to take off, especially with casual users, despite its many benefits. Many have been leery of adopting the technology, given its steep price and the comparatively small amount of storage on offer. Google woke up to this fact this year, apparently, and drastically reduced the rent on Google Drive accounts in an attempt to make it more attractive to everyone.
With Google Drive, you now have 15GB of data storage for free, and the option of renting 100 GB for $1.99 per month and 1TB for $9.99 per month. We admit that it’s still cheaper to buy a new hard drive than to rent more Google Drive space, but you still have 15GB of free space that you shouldn’t waste. We recommend you use all that free space to store your media. Why should you bother, you ask? Here’s why.
We recommend you use all that free space to store your media. Why should you bother, you ask? Here’s why.
Google Drive Lets you Share your Media Files
You will be able to privately share your uploaded media files – your images, videos and audio files – with anyone you want, just by sending them a stable link. All you have to do is select a file and copy the “Link to share” link and send it someone in an email. The person receiving the link can view the file from any device – they don’t need a Google Drive account for it.
The next time you’re listening to your favorite song and want to share it with a loved one, all you have to do is send them a link. The person receiving the file can also transfer the received file to their own Google Drive account with a couple of clicks.
You have to change the “Sharing settings” for your file(s) before sending it to someone. A file can be private (visible only to you), public or selectively shared with people who have access to the “Link to share” link.
Google Drive Lets you Play your Media Files
Apart from using Google Drive for storing and sharing your media files, you can use it to play your media too, regardless of where you are or what device you’re using (as long as you have fast internet). Google Drive can be turned into your portable media library that you can never lose and change easily.
You can use Google Drive’s own built-in player or sync it with a third-party application like Audiobox to play media. The Audiobox app syncs with your media files, regardless of where they are stored, and will stream the media to any device, like your PC or smartphone. For example, if you have songs stored on Google Drive, SkyDrive and on your computer’s hard drive, Audiobox can find them and stream them to your smartphone. Sounds very convenient, doesn’t it?
Google Drive Lets You Add Captions to Your Videos
Google Drive also lets you add captions to your videos from within your Google Drive account. You can take advantage of this feature and add captions to your favorite old homemade videos with the garbled audio that nobody can understand except you, because you were there!
Adding captions is not a complicated process – you can check the Google help page or YouTube if you get stuck at any point of the process. Google Drive supports two caption formats: SubRip (.srt) and SubViewer (.sbv).
You can Use Multiple Google Drive Accounts
If 15GB is not enough to store your HD videos, there’s no need to pay $1.99 per month for extra storage. Google allows you to create and use multiple Google Drive accounts, even if it’s not very convenient to do so. If you have multiple cloud storage service accounts (like Google Drive, DropBox and OneDrive), you can use a service like CloudFuze to access all your data from these multiple accounts in a single place.
Google Drive makes it simple for you to access and share your media. Also, using Google Drive will free up a lot of storage you can use for other stuff. Google Drive also supports queued uploads, so if you have limited bandwidth, you can upload your media files to Google’s servers over a period of several months if necessary. Their servers are stable, so don’t worry about losing your data. To check how much storage you have, click this link.