Managing and backing up your content is something we should all try and do. I was guilty of not backing up my content and thankfully I never had a problem with losing data. I knew it was time though to have something in place incase I had a hard drive fail or something else happen. I also wanted a way in which I could access all my content on all my devices easily. I currently use a MacBook Pro (home), iMac (work), iPhone and an iPad.
Here is what I use for managing and backing up my content:
Dropbox does have a free plan that gives you 2gigs for free of charge. I tried that for a couple months and loved how easy it was to use on all my devices. So I purchased the 100gigs for $99 a year. In my opinion it’s so worth the money. I can access all my photos, graphic work and any other data I have. Dropbox also has a great iOS app that will automatically backup your photos from your device. Which was key for me. Being able to access all my content from my 4 devices was the main reason I went with this system. I know there are other cloud systems out there. But this one worked best for me.
I was pretty excited when Apple introduced iTunes Match. It allows me store all my music in the cloud for only $25 a year. The matching functionality was also nice. Uploading all my music to a Google Music account would have been a pain. I can access all my music from all my devices so easily. I have about 60gigs worth of music so the $25 seemed like a good deal to me for the size.
I use iCloud to store all my contacts, calendars, and backup my apps. I didn’t see the point in buying a larger account for photos since I use Dropbox. I also hooked up my wife’s iPhone to backup her photos to my Dropbox account. So now I have easy access to all her photos.