Monday, December 16, 2013

Sugar Sync going Pricy. BitTorrent Sync to the rescue

Sugar Sync dropped a bomb last week, when they announced  that they would no longer be offering free 5 GB accounts to customer, and for existing customers either they migrate by Feb 2014 (to a paid account), or wish goodbye to their data.

For a home user like me, who has 3 PC's to deal with and ensuring that the desktop and My Documents is in sync, Sugar Sync 5 GB plan was a blessing, ensuring online backup as well as keeping the 3 PC's in sync. But i was in no appetite for shelling out ~ 75 $ a year (that's the cheapest plan they offer) for my data backup.

Bit Torrent Sync to the rescue here. Its uses a P2P protocol to ensure folders across PC could be kept in sync. What's more for devices on the LAN it uses the local network (rather than going through the Internet which Sugar Sync used to do) and save me in bandwidth, since out here in India data speeds are still capped. Android version of the application is pretty sleek and ensures that music and photo transfer happen in a jiffy over the network.

Have been using it over the past couple of days and have been more than happy with what's on offer. For now have bought an year's contract with Sugar Sync (for a discounted rate of 17$ ), but if things go fine with Bit Torrent Sync, wouldn't be renewing the contract any further.

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