Well, to be clear, they are not restricting access to your devices. They're restricting access to their services. And I don't begrudge them for that. The world can't operate by giving stuff away for free. But if you need to get $10 for something everyone else is selling for $1-$3, your business model has some serious trouble. I would sure pay them $2.99 for a a gig or two with shared devices. By the time they figure out whether this is going to work out for them, their base will be long gone. That's what they had going for them - like AOL - first in, with a zillion users who will stay until they die. I'm sure they need to be thinking about how to monitize that vast user base. But if they drive them off, they'll be gone forever. Because there are just so, so many other cheap to free options.
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Wow - I just replaced the hard drive in one of my machines. First I heard of this is when I tried to log into Dropbox on the "new" machine. I'm primarily using Dropbox as the sync for 1Password, not for the smattering of free space. I have a free TB of cloud space from my Google Fiber account, not to mention Box, Mega, and many others. 1Password wants $2.99 a month to store my vault for unlimited machines, so guess how that's going to turn out. It might be the case that Dropbox "needs" to charge $10 a month for their service. But if that's the case, they're doomed, because there are just too many other options. I'm reluctantly scraping them off as of today. I don't need a few free GB from Dropbox, but it was certainly nice when it was free. I'd pay them $2.99 a month to keep it, just for the convenience. But at $10 a month, I'll scrape it off and never think of it again.
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