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Old 12-05-12, 03:36 PM
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What you use: A list of services

The idea for this was inspired by an article I read recently about this stuff. Sorry if this is a repeat thread.
I think it would be interesting to see what everyone here is using to handle all their media (whether it be purchases, backup, streaming, etc.), and what services you're considering switching to/from. I took most of the categories from the original article (here), but feel free to add your own categories as you see fit.


eBooks
What I use: Kindle
What I'm considering: nothing. Kindle is the only way I'll buy eBooks.

Audiobooks
What I use: Audible
What I'm considering: I'm not even aware of a competitor here, but I've only purchased two titles from Audible.

Apps & Games: Mobile
What I use: Google Play (works with my phone & tablet)
What I'm considering: Nothing. A fully cross-platform Steam-like store for mobile games would be killer. Until such a thing exists, I think I'm sticking with Android here.

Games: Non-mobile
What I use: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii
What I'm considering: dumping the PS3 and Wii.

Music: Streaming
What I use: Spotify
What I'm considering: XBox Music, Rdio

Music: Purchasing
What I use: Vinyl and CDs.
What I'm considering: Amazon, iTunes, etc. I'm still weary about "purchasing" MP3s.

Music: Locker
What I use: nothing
What I'm considering: Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player. I've waited far too long to do this...

Photos: Locker
What I use: Crashplan (backup only), Google+, Dropbox
What I'm considering: Consolidating. I have too many photos in too many places.

Photos: Sharing
What I use: Google+, Facebook, imgur
What I'm considering: not sure.

Home Movies
What I use: Crashplan (backup only)
What I'm considering: YouTube actually sounds like a smart idea.

Movies & TV: Renting
What I use: Amazon Instant Video
What I'm considering: Vudu, XBox Video

Movies & TV: Streaming
What I use: Netflix, Hulu+
What I'm considering: nothing right now.

Movies & TV: Purchasing
What I use: DVD, Blu-ray
What I'm considering: Amazon Instant Video, Vudu (I've made TWO purchases on AIV, and it's good, but being in Canada, availability of the service requires workarounds)

Podcasts
What I use: Stitcher
What I'm considering: Anything. Stitcher is good, but not amazing to me.

Educational
What I use: nothing.
What I'm considering: nothing. For reference, this category is what iTunes U provides.

Cloud Storage: Shared Documents, etc. (ie: easily accessible)
What I use: Google Drive
What I'm considering: SkyDrive, Amazon... not sure...

Cloud Storage: Backup Documents, files, etc. (ie: not easily accessible)
What I use: Crashplan
What I'm considering: SkyDrive, Amazon... not sure...

Other (specify)
What I use:
What I'm considering:

Notes/Comments:
In 2013, I want to consolidate my data into as few services as possible. Right now, a lot of my data is in various places for no logical reason. I see three distinct categories of "stuff" (media I purchased, personal stuff, and media I rent/stream), so hopefully that'll make it easier to make the right decisions on where to keep it all. I have TONS of stuff stored with Crashplan, but it's not easily accessible for streaming or sharing.

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Old 12-05-12, 03:56 PM
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I hope my life never gets this complicated.
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eBooks
What I use: Kindle Paperwhite, iPad 3
What I'm considering: I'm fine with those devices.

Apps & Games: Mobile
What I use: iOS, Google Play, Amazon App Store, Nintendo 3DS, Sony Vita
What I'm considering: I don't need yet another way to play games.

Games: Non-mobile
What I use: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Wii U
What I'm considering: I only use the Wii for Gamecube games. Considered selling it but I keep it for Eternal Darkness and Everything or Nothing.

Music: Streaming
What I use: Spotify, Pandora
What I'm considering: I don't stream enough to use more than those two.

Music: Purchasing
What I use: Vinyl, Amazon, iTunes once in a blue moon
What I'm considering: Is there much left to consider? I don't buy CDs anymore.

Music: Locker
What I use: Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player
What I'm considering: Not interested in iTunes match.

Photos: Sharing
What I use: Google+, Facebook, imgur, Dropbox
What I'm considering: I don't use G+ all that much

Movies & TV: Streaming
What I use: Netflix, Hulu+
What I'm considering: That's about all I need

Movies & TV: Purchasing
What I use: Blu-ray
What I'm considering: I don't purchase digital copies of movies.

Podcasts
What I use: iTunes
What I'm considering: I only listen to a few podcasts, so iTunes is fine for what I use.

Cloud Storage: Shared Documents, etc. (ie: easily accessible)
What I use: Google Drive, Dropbox, Skydrive, maybe others I'm forgetting, I sign up for a lot.
What I'm considering: Whatever's free.
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Old 12-06-12, 09:52 AM
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I don't use ebooks, I don't buy digital files, and I don't use any social networks except for very light Facebook usage.
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eBooks
What I use: Nexus 7
What I'm considering: New iPad, I don't read much.

Audiobooks
What I use: Audible
What I'm considering: None

Apps & Games: Mobile
What I use: Google Play
What I'm considering: Nothing.

Games: Non-mobile
What I use: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U
What I'm considering: dumping the PS3

Music: Streaming
What I use: Spotify, Slacker (Pandora takes too long to buffer on my phone)
What I'm considering: None

Music: Purchasing
What I use: Amazon
What I'm considering: None

Music: Locker
What I use: Google Music
What I'm considering: Amazon Cloud Player

Photos: Sharing
What I use: Google+, Facebook
What I'm considering: None

Home Movies
What I use: Local HDD
What I'm considering: None

Movies & TV: Renting
What I use: Amazon Instant Video, Cable box
What I'm considering: None

Movies & TV: Streaming
What I use: Netflix, Crunchy Roll
What I'm considering: nothing right now.

Movies & TV: Purchasing
What I use: Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Formats
What I'm considering: None

Educational
What I use: Nexus 7
What I'm considering: nothing.

Cloud Storage: Shared Documents, etc. (ie: easily accessible)
What I use: Google Drive
What I'm considering: None

Cloud Storage: Backup Documents, files, etc. (ie: not easily accessible)
What I use: Google Drive
What I'm considering: None
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Old 12-07-12, 08:26 AM
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I use Gmail, Rdio, Kindle (Paperwhite and app), BeyondPod (app? ... service?), Google Maps, Dropbox (phone photo instant upload and locker), Google Drive (docs), Google Play Music and Movies, Google Music locker, Good Technologies (enterprise email / calendar), Netflix and Amazon Instant Video. I don't play any games beyond Ski Safari and rarely buy media.
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Old 12-16-12, 10:22 AM
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If Stitcher isn't doing it for your podcasts consider BeyondPod. I'm using the pro version (went on sale for $0.99 last year) but the free version is pretty good as well.
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Old 12-16-12, 10:38 AM
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eBooks - paper. I read a few books on the iPad, but just started a new hardback by a favorite author, and it's greatly preferable.

Audiobooks - never bought one, but would use iTunes since I'm already in the system

Mobile Apps/Games - iTunes/IOS

Games non-mobile - none

Streaming music - Spotify, Youtube

Purchasing music - Amazon/iTunes for singles, CDs for important stuff (have most of what I want anyhow)

Music locker - none yet

Photo sharing - Flicker for the best of my work, Facebook for most stuff I share (photos set to public)

Home movies - shooting AVCHD now, archiving locally. Would like to back up to cloud, but when you shoot upwards of 10GB a trip, uploading at 1 mpbs is painful

Movie renting/Streaming - Netflix on the increasingly rare occasion they have what I want, iTunes through AppleTV, and InDemand through cable company. Bought one movie, was disappointed at how I couldn't play the extras on TV. Not interested in watching movies on the phone. Buy very few BD and no DVD.

Cloud - iCloud blows. Have a crashplan account from black friday I need to set up
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I'm not really adding any value to this thread, but this is what I use.

eBooks
What I use: Kindle Touch
What I'm considering: None.

Games: Non-mobile
What I use: PS3
What I'm considering: None.

Music: Streaming
What I use: Amazon Cloud Player, Google Play, Pandora, Spotify.
What I'm considering: None.

Music: Purchasing
What I use: Amazon MP3.
What I'm considering: Google Play.

Music: Locker
What I use: Amazon Cloud Player, Google Play.
What I'm considering: None.

Movies & TV: Renting
What I use: Amazon Instant Video, Vudu.
What I'm considering: iTunes, PS3.

Movies & TV: Streaming
What I use: Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Vudu.
What I'm considering: None.

Movies & TV: Purchasing
What I use: Vudu.
What I'm considering: Amazon Instant Video.

Cloud Storage: Shared Documents, etc. (ie: easily accessible)
What I use: Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive.
What I'm considering: None.

Cloud Storage: Backup Documents, files, etc. (ie: not easily accessible)
What I use: Backblaze.
What I'm considering: Crashplan.
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Old 12-20-12, 06:36 AM
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eBooks
What I use: I read real books.
What I'm considering: Nothing.

Audiobooks
What I use: I read real books.
What I'm considering: Nothing.

Apps & Games: Mobile
What I use: Only use my cell phone to make/receive phone calls.
What I'm considering: Nothing.

Games: Non-mobile
What I use: Super Nintendo, PSOne
What I'm considering: Nothing.

Music: Streaming
What I use: Don't stream music.
What I'm considering: Nothing.

Music: Purchasing
What I use: Vinyl and CDs.
What I'm considering: No additional.

Music: Locker
What I use: Nothing.
What I'm considering: Nothing.

Photos: Locker
What I use: Nothing.
What I'm considering: Nothing.

Photos: Sharing
What I use: Nothing.
What I'm considering: Nothing.

Home Movies
What I use: I have my DVD/BD collection but use no services associated with them besides cataloging software and itrackmine.
What I'm considering: No additional.

Movies & TV: Renting
What I use: Don't rent movies.
What I'm considering: Nothing.

Movies & TV: Streaming
What I use: Don't stream movies.
What I'm considering: Nothing.

Movies & TV: Purchasing
What I use: DVD, Blu-ray
What I'm considering: No additional.

Podcasts
What I use: Don't do podcasts.
What I'm considering: Nothing.

Educational
What I use: Google Search.
What I'm considering: No additional.

Cloud Storage: Shared Documents, etc. (ie: easily accessible)
What I use: Don't do Cloud.
What I'm considering: Nothing.

Cloud Storage: Backup Documents, files, etc. (ie: not easily accessible)
What I use: Nothing.
What I'm considering: Nothing.


I like things simple/uncomplicated... -kd5-
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Old 12-20-12, 03:15 PM
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eBooks
What I use: None - If I did I have an iPhone

Audiobooks
What I use: None - Library if I want something
What I'm considering:

Apps & Games: Mobile
What I use: iTunes

Games: Non-mobile
What I use: Steam - Only own a laptop and that is not powerful enough to play most games so no real gaming is done these days.

Music: Streaming
What I use: Do not really stream music too often, pandora.

Music: Purchasing
What I use: CDs, iTunes, Amazon

Music: Locker
What I use: Nothing

Photos: Locker
What I use: Box.net

Photos: Sharing
What I use: Photobucket

Home Movies
What I use: Not many of these

Movies & TV: Renting
What I use: Redbox, library, anything above two dollars is too expensive too rent.

Movies & TV: Streaming
What I use: Netflix

Movies & TV: Purchasing
What I use: Blu-Ray And DVD, not touching digital unless it was a fifth of the cost.

Podcasts
What I use: No podcasts

Educational
What I use: The Internet

Cloud Storage: Shared Documents, etc. (ie: easily accessible)
What I use: Nothing to share

Cloud Storage: Backup Documents, files, etc. (ie: not easily accessible)
What I use: The only cloud storage I use is Box.net for an offsite backup.

I try to keep things as simple as I can.
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