I’ve been playing with the Bitcasa “Infinite Storage” service for some time, and I must say I have difficulties commenting on whether I like it or not. It works quite nicely for a lot of things I keep on the online storage platform, but it also has certain bugs that may need to be fixed before I say the service is a really good one. First of all, what I like about it is that the desktop application creates a virtual drive on your computer. The documents you place on this virtual drive won’t take space on your computer and will be accessible from any other devices you use. Also, you can simply drag and drop your valuable files (in my case mostly music) to the folders in your virtual drive. This way they will be automatically uploaded to the online cloud storage platform.
The Bitcasa virtual drive works and looks just like any standard hard drive, except it does not run out of space. This is in case you’ve ordered a paid version. Simply place your digital data in the virtual drive and it is safe. This way Bitcasa helps you save space on your non-virtual drives, which is particularly helpful for mobiles.
The Bitcasa platform provides effortless auto-backup. All you need to do is simply right-click on a file or folder on your computer and select Mirror to perform an automatic backup to Bitcasa. The cloud storage system automatically backups your files even on mobile. You just need to download and install the Bitcasa application for iPad, iPhone or Android.
The greatest flaw I saw is that the service is somehow moody and non-responsive in terms of sorting files. It sometimes works. Other times it doesn’t. The platform provides a number of embedded folders, such as Photos, Music, Videos, Documents. It also has an external upload section, which, when used, uploads your files to the root folder. When you upload audios, you would expect to see them also in your embedded Music folder, wouldn’t you? At my first attempts what happened was that half of the files appeared there, and half not.
Then, I tried to move the files from the root folder to the Music folder. Some of them moved, some didn’t. Well, after a number of refreshes it all looked normal, but still… My best guess is that the file sharing system does not recognize music files correctly. It works for mp3s, but has difficulties with other formats. Of course, this may be some temporary error of the system, but bad luck, Bitcasa, for having this flaw right at the moment in which I’m testing it.
Unlike other similar cloud backup services, Bitcasa allows you to play or stream any type of music files without additional software required. When you click on a file it is automatically played on the online storage platform.
If you install the Bitcasa application on your mobile device, in my case iPad, you can also play your music files quite nicely. It provides an embedded audio player for your favorite music.
An embedded player is available for Android devices as well.
You can also play your favorite music in an offline mode, if you first favorite your files on the mobile application.