Saturday, March 03, 2007

Bandwagon changes in a major way


I did some comparing and contrasting of Bandwagon and MP3Tunes prior to the Bandwagon launch; you'll remember that Bandwagon was offering a free year subscription to bloggers, but I was traveling and missed on on the signup window.

Anyway, I was taking a look at the service again and realized that Bandwagon has changed their entire business model from a yearly unlimited storage fee to a monthly/yearly fee for using their service to back up to your own storage solution and/or to sync between 2 Macs.  Check this out:

  • $1 per month or $12 per year buys you backup and restore capabilities to your own storage service -- currently Amazon S3 is the only supported storage provider, but they will be adding support for any FTP-enabled site in 1 month and Omnidrive in 2 months.

  • $1.50 per month or $18 per year buys you the same backup and restore capabilities as the first package plus sync capabilities between two Macs -- storage provider support is on the same timeline as the first package.

I think it's very interesting that Bandwagon changed from a full-out storage solution with pretty slick OSX software to what now amounts to be a software provider with a monthly/yearly revenue model instead of a one-time purchase model.

You'll still want to do the math on the cost of using Amazon S3 and Bandwagon vs. MP3Tunes and the handy calculator on the main JungleDisk page can help you with that (link below). 

Link -- Bandwagon main page

Link -- Bandwagon product offering page

Link -- JungleDisk 

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