I have been hesitant to start using iCloud. Mainly due to my concern over exceeding my monthly usage cap of 50GB. Toss in YouTube and Netflix and it starts to get tight. I don't want to upgrade my internet package just so I can use iCloud. At least not yet. I already pay $55 for internet for 10/1. And overage is about $3/GB. Nor am I interested in buying extra blocks. Been there done that and got few up with the tricks they play. I also got tied of calling to get errors fixed in my bill. I have better things to do in my spare time.
So am I just being paranoid or would syncing/streaming my content blow my cap out of the water. Let's assume I have one mobile device now and maybe another in the next year. I also have an ATVv2 and a PC running iTunes.
As an example right now I have my iTunes library streaming 320kbps music to my ATV ... all day. That is about 1GB right there. Or am I missing something?
With a low cap and heavy streaming usage I'd be reluctant to use iCloud as well. However, $55/mth for 10/1 seems awfully steep. Do you not have any third party ISP options where you live? I pay that much for unlimited 32/1, no contract.
Only cable where I live. It is $56/month plus tax so closer to $64/month actually. Be thankful, you have a great deal. No unlimited packages with Videotron. TSI is an option but the deal is bittersweet with a the initial cost of moving over.
Anyway for now I just wondering if anyone had trouble with iCloud and staying under their caps. Or am I misunderstanding the technology? With caps I just don't see cloud taking off. I will never consider putting my camera videos into iTunes until unlimited come to my part of the woods.
2012-03-10, 07:40 PM
Putting videos in iTunes has nothing to do with iCloud. Videos in iTunes are stored locally on your computer and not on the cloud. Same goes for music, apps etc. iCloud is used exclusively for synching calendars, contacts, photos, & documents between devices as well as locating your mac/iphone/ipad. Email can be included if desired. I seriously doubt that you will go over your bandwidth allocation using these services. I have used them extensively and never have gone over my 60gb data allocation/month.
If you are renting/purchasing movies or TV shows on iTunes, they are streamed/downloaded to your device and this will increase your data consumption. I rent a movie about once a week and again, have never had issues. This service is not associated with iCloud and is available to everyone with an iTunes account.
iTunes match is a separate subscription service from iCloud that costs $27.99/year. It stores your music library on Apple's servers so that it is available for an iOS device or iTunes on another computer. You could conceivably use more data here if you download a large music library to another device.
Hope this helps.
Thanks ajhaze. That is exactly the type of information I was looking for. Plus you have first hand experience with the service. I already sync 4 computers using google so my email, bookmarks, documents, apps, contacts, and photos are taken care of.
2012-03-11, 11:46 AM
No problem, glad I could help.
By the way, if you are streaming music to your Apple Tv, you are streaming it from your computer - therefore you are not using any of your internet bandwidth. You would only use bandwidth if you were streaming music from an iTunes match account to your Apple TV.