- Platform: Windows 10 / 7 / 8
- Media: Software Download
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Amazon Drive Desktop [PC]
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- Upload multiple files and folders at once
- Download all your Amazon Drive files and photos to your PC
- Store your photos, videos, documents, and other files securely
- See the photos you add using this desktop app instantly at Amazon.com/CloudDrive, via the free mobile apps for iOS and Android, or on your Fire device
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The Amazon Drive desktop app for Windows makes it easy to upload files and folders to Amazon Drive so you access them from anywhere. The app also lets you download all of your files back down to your computer. Amazon Drive offers secure online storage, automatic photo backup, and easy access to your content from your phone, computer, or tablet.
Learn more at www.amazon.com/clouddrive/learnmore
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Without any notice, Amazon pulled the windows sync and mac sync clients, and put up a page saying "check back soon", then very soon afterwards, the mac sync client stopped, you know, syncing. Months later, this turdblossom appears, and for windows only. OK, I thought, I can script something... except that the *new* software lacks the sync functions of the old.
Now we know two things about Amazon software developers:
1. They don't seem to understand that people who like a software that automatically uploads pictures from their phone, want software that automatically downloads pictures to their PC.
2. They can't create a UI (I'm looking at you Amazon Music App, too). The web interface blows on cloud drive, and there is no alternative.
Google gets it with Drive, yet I don't pay them.
Amazon doesn't get it, and I paid for cloud drive, in addition to Prime.
Read your reviews Amazon, and fix this.
I will not try and list all of the things wrong with their service, but I will highlight the top reasons to stay away unless you are looking to simply store music and photos for your Kindle.
1. Performance is terrible. On my 35 Mbps connection, I can download a file from my Amazon drive and my Dropbox drive at the same time. Dropbox is 2-3 times faster on downloads. It is easily 10 times faster to upload to Dropbox than it is to Amazon.
2. No syncing. Shocking to say they don't have this considering EVERY ONE of their main competitors does and it is considered one of the most basic cloud features. Worse is that they did and then replaced their desktop app with a poor excuse for a web front end that runs on your system and solely functions to let you select your cloud drive folder location and open their cloud website to manage your files. Once you put something in there, don't expect it to be backed up. You want something on the cloud, you must manually upload it, file by file.
3. Cannot delete folders. How basic a feature is this? Well, Amazon does not seem to support it. Want to delete a directory? You must navigate down through all the folders, one by one, in the web app and manually delete each file. If there is a way to do it by folder, it is hidden well.
4. All management is web based. Want to move things around in Explorer like you can with everyone else? Not here. You have to use their web app to manage your files. Great for a Kindle, not so much for a PC.
Honestly, other than automatically finding my music that I purchased from Amazon in my drive and getting unlimited photo storage space, I cannot think of anything redeeming about Amazon's implementation. They are asleep at the wheel in this case.
Update: Amazon did refund my money and reduced me back to the Free 5GB account. While that is not a product-specific thing, it is one of the reasons I have always been a avid Amazon customer. They also let me know that you can select folders for deletion by holding the Shift key down when you click them. This is not enough for me to adjust my rating as it is still missing to many basic features but at least it clears up one of the "what were they thinking" items. It also talks to the lack of usability - there are many better ways they could have done this without leaving it to you to figure out. :)
As it stands today, this download is basically confusing and half-baked. It serves only one purpose. You drag files into it, and it uploads them into your account. When I launched the program, it told me I had about 150 MB of space left (yes MB... not GB), but it had links telling me that it's now "Unlimited" for Prime Members, but that wasn't clear either. Apparently unlimited only applies to photos. Videos and other files are not unlimited. They give you 5GB for that. 5GB isn't even enough space for 10 minutes of high definition video, so if you have a photo library that has videos, you're going to need to upgrade to the next level... the true "Unlimited" version, which is $59 per year.
Assuming you get past all that, all this program does is let you upload your files by dragging them. It doesn't sync, so you'll have to remember which files you uploaded, so you can remember which ones need to be uploaded later.
Once the files are there, that's it. It doesn't actually let you do anything with them within the program itself. It gives you links to their web site to view or download them. One interesting thing about the website link was that it not only showed me files uploaded using this program, but it also shows you any personal documents such as PDFs and ebook files that you've uploaded to your Kindle. It's interesting, but not useful, because I can already do that on the Kindle itself.
I think Amazon needs to re-think their consumer cloud strategy. It seems to me that they need to decide if they are serious about building a consumer cloud product. As it stands right now, DropBox, OneDrive, iCloud, Google Drive, iDrive and others are far more consumer friendly, and useful.
I gave it two stars because of the potential, not because it's actually useful today.
I hope you found this review helpful. Questions and comments are welcome.
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