Cloud Services: 5 of the best

It's a cloud service showdown..

Take a look at our pick of the best cloud-based services on offer today. We've been told that the sky is the limit... but we never realised it was literal

Data clouds are now drifting majestically over the UK, with more forecast. With so much choice on offer, which service is the best solution for you? Are you a music hoarder or perhaps you're a bit trigger happy with the SLR? Whatever you want to store in the cloud, one of these services will have you covered, whether it's the well cemented Windows Live Skydrive, Apple's iCloud or the UK-bound Google Drive.

iCloud
Data Storage: 5GB
What it stores: Music, 1,000 photos, apps, documents, iBooks, contacts, email and calendars
OS: Macs and iOS 5. Windows users get photos and some basic features only
Extras: iTunes Match lets you push 25,000 Tracks in your library to be shared through iCloud
Launch and Pricing: Autumn 2011 for main service, spring 2012 for iTunes Match. Free, plus $25 a year for iTunes Match (UK price TBC)

Amazon CloudDrive
Data Storage: 5GB
What it stores: Files, music, photos
OS: All devices compatible with Adobe Flash
Extras: Includes Cloud Player music-streaming app
Launch and Pricing: Available now in US for free,then $1 per GB required per year over 5GB. UK launch TBC

Skydrive
Data Storage: 25GB
What it stores: Files, photos
OS: Windows, Mac, Windows Phone 7
Extras: No music capacity
Launch and Pricing: Available now, free

Dropbox
Data Storage: 2GB (Up to 18GB on free plan)
What it stores: Files, photos and videos
OS: Windows, Windows Phone 7, Mac, iOS, Linux
Extras: Keep everything in your cloud-based dropbox folder, then share it with all your friends
Launch and Pricing: Available now, free up to 18GB, $9.99 a month for 50GB, $19.99 a month for 100GB

Google Drive
Data Storage: 5GB
What it stores: Files, photos, videos
OS: Windows, Windows Phone 7, Mac, iOS
Extras: There will also be a range of Drive-compatible apps available, though there are no specifics as of yet
Launch and Pricing: Available soon in UK, free up to 5GB, $2.49 a month for 25GB, $4.99 a month for 100GB