The file storage and sharing marketplace is a landscape heavily populated with services. There’s good reason for this: a lot of people need to move a lot of files about, a lot of the time. Little wonder, then, that Dropbox is valued at over $4bn, and Box has managed to raise, over several rounds of funding, a total of $309m. These heavyweights provide large amounts of storage and access to files via nearly any internet-connected device.
In recent times, though, a slightly different, nimbler, quicker kind of platform has become popular. The first of this type – and, perhaps, the genre-defining player in this field – was Droplr. Since its launch in 2009, it has provided a remarkably simple and fast method of getting files online and shared. A younger competitor, CloudApp, has also entered mainstream use, and clearly there are plenty more startups which feel that this is still a lucrative file-storage niche.
One such service is Cloudup. The unique selling point of this cloud platform is its delivery of uploaded files, of nearly any type, in streams, which act as multimedia playlists. But is this focus on the recipient really the new, killer feature in the crowded file-sharing arena?
So you’ve decided you need a tool to help you share files easily, but can’t quite decide which one. CloudApp and Droplr are the two most popular apps for sharing files from your menubar or directly from the web, but they’re both so similar it can hard to tell which one is the best for you. The both are web apps for sharing files, they both have native apps for sharing simply from Windows and OS X, they both have free account options, and they now both have pro accounts for sharing more files with more features.
Last year, Jarel wrote an in-depth review comparing CloudApp and Droplr, but a lot has changed in the past year. Let’s look at each of these apps features today, including their native Windows and OS X apps, so you can see which app makes the most sense for you.
If you’re looking for a way to store your files online, it can quickly get confusing trying to find the best app. We recently rounded up a number of great apps for syncing your files to your other devices and the cloud, then followed up with a list of apps for sharing files online. There’s a bit of crossover between the two, and among each category many of the apps share very similar features. If you don’t already have a file sharing or syncing app you love, it can be rather tough to decide which is the best for you.
But then, why would you need both an app to sync files and an app to share files? Wouldn’t one be enough?