Google slashes storage prices, offering 20GB for $5G

Google announced today that they’re now offering “twice as much storage for a quarter of the old price.”

Comparing starter prices to the cost of a “triple mocha,” plans range from 20GB to 16TB, and Google helpfully equates how much you can store in pictures taken by “a 5 megapixel camera.” The five tiers offered to me when I opened the product page were:

20 GB ($5.00 USD per year)
80 GB ($20.00 USD per year)
200 GB ($50.00 USD per year)
400 GB ($100.00 USD per year)
1 TB ($256.00 USD per year)

While the cost is slightly higher per gigabyte (and a subscription, not a one-off purchase), it’s not prohibitively so when held up against standalone storage. And although some people fear cloud-based storage for stability or privacy, storing data via Google also means you won’t have to worry about spilling a coffee on your kid’s baby pictures or a project you’ve been working on for six months slipping from your pocket on the F train to be smashed beneath the feet of rush hour commuters. Also gone are the days where you spend your entire commute patting yourself on the back for preparedness, only to arrive at your desk realizing you left your files in your other purse or pants.

Integration with Google’s email and photo storage accounts is a natural plus for those who already use those services, too. I’ve had some kind of storage-consolidation item on my to-buy list for some time, meaning to spring clean all my computers (okay, some time=three years, but shut up, I’m a busy person who also likes napping) and I’ll be looking to Google as soon as I need more space imminently. Do you plan on taking advantage of Google’s newly cheaper storage options?

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