Amazon Cloud Drive now available throughout Europe, sort of

Amazon Cloud Drive now available in Ireland and the UK
Amazon Cloud Drive now available in Ireland and the UK

Amazon’s answer to Dropbox, Amazon Cloud Drive, is now available throughout Europe, having first launched in the United States 17 months ago.

A new Mac and Windows Cloud Drive app coincides with its launch in all 27 EU member states. The app operates almost identical to Dropbox or Google Drive on desktop.

Before you get too excited though, some restrictions do apply according to Amazon’s support documentation. While all countries in Europe can use the service by availing of its 5GB of free storage offer, only users in the UK can pay for additional storage.

Prices in the UK are similar to those advertised in the States – £6 for an additional 15GB and up to £320 per year for 1TB in total.

Amazon’s Cloud Player app – which enables streaming of media files from Cloud Drive – still appears to be US-only for now.

Amazon’s Cloud Drive joins the likes of Google Drive, Dropbox, Apple’s iCloud and Microsoft’s SkyDrive, so there’s no shortage of online storage options out there.

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