Amazon.com, Inc (NASDAQ: AMZN) To Discontinue Amazon Drive-In 2023 and Turn Focus To Amazon Photos

Amazon.com, Inc.’s (NASDAQ: AMZN) customer-focused storage service, Amazon Drive, will be discontinued over the course of the following year, the company stated today. The firm explained that it was using the chance to “more completely focus” on Amazon Photos, it’s rival to iCloud Photos and Google Photos, in an email to users.

File uploading to Amazon Drive to stop in 2023

Users of Amazon Drive have till the end of 2023 to save stored files, with file uploading expected to stop working on January 1, 2023. The automated transfer of video and images to Amazon Photos does not apply to other file kinds; they must be downloaded manually via the Amazon Drive online dashboard.

For a possible refund, customers who presently subscribe to premium Amazon Drive packages can terminate their memberships right away. It is possible to cancel on the internet or use the iOS and  Android apps before the applications are taken down from App Store and Google Play on October 31.

When Amazon Drive first debuted a decade ago as Amazon Cloud Drive, it offered pay-as-you-go tier-based storage packages for both Amazon Prime and non-Prime customers. An API that enabled third-party programmers to incorporate Amazon Drive into their apps and preserve things like game settings, user preferences, and other application status data in the cloud was released in November 2014.

Amazon Drive unveiled unlimited subscription in 2015

Amazon Drive launched unlimited subscriptions in 2015, but they were removed two years later. A little while after, non-photo uploading storage was reduced to 5GB. Nevertheless, Amazon Prime subscribers and users of Fire tablets continued to receive unlimited free file storage. Amazon Drive’s downfall most certainly had something to do with rivalry. After all, numerous providers now, like Google Drive, Box, Dropbox, and OneDrive, provide inexpensive cloud file storage. Pricing for 2TB of space on Amazon Drive was $119 per year, which is more expensive than comparable amounts of space on Google Drive and Dropbox.

Google Drive, iCloud, and OneDrive were the three most prominent cloud storage services as of September 2021, according to Statista.

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