Sharing Files Across Multiple Devices Part 1: Dropbox

I use several different applications for storing and accessing files across the different devices I use: Mac and Windows computers, iPhone, iPod Touch, sometimes Linux, occasionally Android, formerly Blackberry. Today I want to tell you about Dropbox:

 Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, documents, and videos anywhere. This means that any file you save to your Dropbox on any device will automatically synchronize to ALL of your devices where you have installed it: computers, smartphones, iPod Touch, and also to your account on their website. In addition you can designate certain folders or files to share with other people by giving them a link address. If you lose or crash your computer the files will still be in on their site to restore.

Here are some ways I use Dropbox:

 

- I keep my current Sibelius music scores in it, so that I can work on them either on my home Mac or my office PC (both have the Sibelius software installed).

- I also keep PDF copies of finished music scores in it, so that I can email them to band members when necessary, even if I’m on my iPhone.

- I keep my 1Password database on it, so that I always have access to my latest passwords when I run the app on the Mac or the PC.

- I save PDF tickets to shows in a folder so I know where they are when the date comes up months later.

- If I’m someplace without my computer but need to print a file (e.g., some music or a ticket) and there is any network-connected computer available (e.g., a library or a friend’s house) I can access Dropbox via the Web and get my files.

So what does it cost? Dropbox is free for storing up to 2 GB of data. You can also increase your free space up to 18 GB by referring friends to sign up (you each get an additional 500 MB – all of the links here are for my affiliate code, so using it gets you an extra 500 MB to start), and occasionally by specific special offers (e.g., if you are a student, or they roll out a new feature and you try it).

If you want more space than they provide for free you can also pay for additional space, starting at $9.99/month or $99/year for 100 GB.

I’ve used Dropbox for over 5 years and have been very happy with it.