Cloud storage in the modern world
My question to the community is, who is excited for cloud storage in the days of tiered data plans? I understand the fear of MicroSD cards from the OEM's point of view of security. Do a lot of us pro users (nerdy, techie people) decide on devices with expansion slots or does cloud storage make up for low on board storage?
Personally I cannot stand storing music or videos on the cloud even with fast download speeds because drain on the battery and long pauses between music playing. So I ask all Android users, is cloud storage what it is cracked up for media use, or do you feel the same?
I currently have about 25-30gb of music. I realize though that I only listen to a small fraction of it in any month. I may be really in to one band one month, and another the next. If I play it smart, I can keep a small amount of music on my phone for emergencies, and have the rest up in the cloud just in case. I also wouldn't personally download the music on the go, unless I was connected to a wifi hotspot.
I also have an iPod touch for keeping my entire collection handy though, which sort of undermines my argument
Personally I have a drop box account that I use for moving documents and pictures around not for Movies and Music.
My biggest problem though is the size of my collection I have a few terabytes of media. It’s just not practical at this point to store it in the cloud.
But I do admit to having most of my music in iTunes match and Google Music to make it easier to it. I have also stopped downloading movies that I can access from iTunes. As for my books they are all Amazon Kindle so they are safe as well.
My answer to your question is that no I don’t decide on a device based on if it has an expansion slot or not. I see it as a major bonus if it does but not something I have to have. For me cloud storage does make up for low on board storage.
I subscribe to Sony's Music Unlimited and Pandora. When I get in the car and just want to go I'll start up Pandora. When there's specific songs I want to hear, I start up Music Unlimited. It has the same channel feature as Pandora, but you can just play an album or an artist or whatever. It takes a minute to start up (on my iPhone 5), but I rarely have issues once the music starts going.
I'm thinking you want to discuss more than simple speed on streaming, but that's what I get the most out of the cloud in today's world. For documents and data I really think it's overrated. How many word documents do you really need to have within reach at all times? Google Drive is pretty good and free, so I would certainly never pay for something like Carbonite or whatever. Most of the stuff I have in google drive are vacation pics I didn't want to upload to facebook or documents that I shared with friends for class or whatever.
Sorry I am not giving you the perspective of an Android user...but you should probably specify the operating system, like Jelly Bean (because of Android's evergrowing shitty fragmentation issues).