Recently have received the below mail from Ubuntu One, one of the less popular cloud storage options, that they are closing their services. I tried their services in the past but wasn’t impressed by the user interface. The web interface looked much bare-bone compared to say Dropbox or Google drive. To be fare, it was a good option for Ubuntu users however, for non-Ubuntu users, their service lacked the bells and whistles of the popular ones. The news of Ubuntu One closing their shop reminded me of the initial impression I had of free cloud based services. One of the apprehensions I always had was that if the service is not doing well or not making profit, then it would be closed sooner than later.
Providing storage to hundreds of consumers doesn’t come cheap and if a particular company is not making profit then it becomes that much difficult to continue with the service. In the last couple of years, there have been a few companies that have given anywhere between 10-100 GB for free during their starting days. The primary concern which always prevented me from accepting such offers is that what happens once I upload or backup 10 GB of data to their servers and the company closes. It becomes quite a hassle downloading the whole lot and re-uploading in somewhere else.
We are writing to you to notify you that we will be shutting down the
Ubuntu One file services, effective 1 June 2014. This email gives
information about the closure and what you should expect during the
As of today, it will no longer be possible to purchase storage or music
from the Ubuntu One store. The Ubuntu One file services apps in the Ubuntu,
Google, and Apple stores will be updated appropriately.
As always, your content belongs to you. You can simply download your files
onto your PC or an external hard drive. While the service will stop as of
1 June, you will have an additional two months (until 31 July 2014) to
collect all of your content. After that date, all remaining content will
If you have an active annual subscription, the unused portion of your fees
will be refunded. The refund amount will be calculated from today’s
We know you have come to rely on Ubuntu One, and we apologise for the
inconvenience this closure may cause. We’ve always been inspired by the
support, feedback and enthusiasm of our users and want to thank you for
the support you’ve shown for Ubuntu One. We hope that you’ll continue to
support us as together we bring a revolutionary experience to new devices.
The Ubuntu One team
To take a stock of the current situation, here’s a list of a few available service providers.
|Google Drive||15 GB|
|Microsoft One Drive||7 GB|
|Apple iCloud||For iOS users|
|Amazon Cloud Drive||5 GB|
|SugarSync||All plans include a 30-day free trial|
|Bitcasa||Up to 20 GB|
|Flickr||1000 GB (Photos only)|
|Hightail (formerly YouSendIt)||10 GB|
|Mediafire||Up to 50 GB|
|Tencent||10000 GB (Chinese only)|
|Firedrive (formerly PutLocker)||50 GB|