Monday MiMedia introduced a new cloud-based backup plan that uses a hard drive to initially gather user files before offering them online. Once users backup their files and multimedia from the PC, the "Shuttle" drive is then sent back to MiMedia--using an enclosed label--for online access. This bypasses the long, tedious process of backing up data across a broadband connection.
According to MiMedia, the user's data is encrypted, re-organized by type and presented in a single user interface via MiMedia Online. "Users can login to MiMedia Online from any computer or iPhone to listen to music, including their favorite playlists, watch videos and view all of their photo galleries," the company said. "In addition, MiMedia makes it very easy to privately share photos and videos with friends and family."
MiMedia Online consists of three services--the Digital Media Player & Library for music, photos, and videos, the Backup Dashboard for backing up existing and additional files once the main load goes online, and the (m:) drive for storing other important files. The company also offers a free iPhone app for accessing the multimedia library on the go.
Currently the service is in beta and offers four monthly and annual options--25 GB for $5/month or $50/year, 50 GB for $10/month or $95/year, 100 GB for $14/month or $145/year, and 250 GB for $24/month or $245/year. The full-blown, non-beta version is expect to launch soon, followed by a Mac version currently in development.
You then do not have to worry about their system going down for whatever reason, having your stuff lost or hacked into or any number of other things that can and do happen to data once it is outside of your control.
If your stuff is really that important, why would you hand it over to a third party?
I'm sure the business will be huge, but it still baffles me.
Not so much decade as country. Thank you for further proving my point. I did find a 500g for $50 but it is a seagate and I have had very bad luck with them, others may have had great success, not me however. So I will have to shell out an extra $7 to get a WD.
Decade is a little long, you should have used year instead. In 2000 80g was $475ish. It was about 2007 that prices really started to fall. So in actuality, you should have said "where have you been the last couple of years?". I would have also accepted the phrase "few years".
I promise to do more research in my next post so that I am not out by that crucial 180 gigs which seems to have so disturbed you. My apologies.
What if you house burns down? I guess you could pay for off site storage, or carry your backup drive to work with you where it could be stolen.
What about the online access? I find it easy to share my pictures through the service I use. I also stream my mp3 library through my WinMo phone to my car stereo.
I also have a very neat tool for sending files and photos to friends, uploading songs etc. It's called my computer.
Don't get me wrong, if you want to pay for a device and then pay someone to use that device for you, more power to you, it's your money, give it away however you want.