Many of you already know that I am a big fan of Dropbox, the cloud-based file sharing service. I use it all the time, and I know a lot of my blog readers have signed up for it too (it’s free). Now there’s a new player on the scene: Bitcasa.
First, a quick review on how Dropbox works:
- You create a free account on Computer A (your home computer, for example)
- A new folder appears, called My Dropbox (this is the shared folder)
- You go to Computer B (perhaps your work computer, or another home computer)
- You log in to your free account and put Dropbox on Computer B
- Computer B now also has a folder called My Dropbox
- Any files or folders you put in the My Dropbox folder on one computer will also be there on the other computer. Any edits done on these files will also be reflected on both computers. No more emailing files to yourself from work to home or vice versa!
There are lots more features than that, but hopefully you get the idea. You can get Dropbox for free here.
Here’s the catch with Dropbox – your new free account is allowed up to 2 gb of space. If you need more space than that, you need to get a paid account. Or you can get free space by telling other people about it. In reality, for most people 2 gb is sufficient if they are just sharing a few files between work or home, or with some friends.
But there may be some occasions when you could need more space than that. That is the primary selling feature of Bitcasa, the new file sharing service just introduced. You can sign up for the free Bitcasa beta here – just enter your email and click “Sign up”.
Bitcasa’s big promotion is that they are offering infinite storage. Here are the features as listed on their site:
Will Bitcasa mean the end of Dropbox? Probably not – Dropbox already has a huge user base. However, I think Bitcasa is worth trying out to see where it goes.
One thing to keep in mind is that it is in the beta stage – this means that we users get to try it out and see how well it works, and find any bugs that may be present. So don’t use Bitcasa for any critical files that aren’t stored elsewhere also.
Please let us know your experience with Bitcasa in the comments below.