Originally published as younity Launches Beta Version of Personal Cloud Service on Technorati
Santa Monica based younity announced today the beta launch of it’s unique personal cloud storage service designed to eliminate device to computer syncing and storage limitations for iPhones and iPads. Today marks the public beta launch of the app, which allows iPhone and iPad users to access all their music, videos, photos and other files from all laptops, desktops without any plugin, plugging in or syncing.
The service also removes storage limitations by not actually storing any of your files online, but instead works by providing a single file system across all devices where younity is installed (either Macs or PCs). Once installed, Younity indexes all your photos, documents, videos and music and represents it as a single file system. So what it allows for, is your machines, whether it’s a Mac or PC to stream the files directly to your iOS device from where they’re at, not by syncing it to a online cloud.
“younity seeks to revolutionize the relationship between people, data and devices. Our vision is to create a way for all your devices to work as if they are a single device,” said Erik Caso, CEO at Entangled Media, who devloped the Younity app. “With an average of more than three Internet-enabled devices per person, users generally don’t want to be forced to use one device or another, they just care about accessing the files. Let’s say you have a PC at the office and a Mac at home, younity allows you to seamlessly access any file you want on-the-go, including music, photos, videos and word documents, via your iPhone, iPad or iPod.”
According to younity estimates, people have roughly 1 terabyte of files per person across all computers and mobile devices. This number is also poised to grow as people add devices, and pictures and videos start taking up more space due to increased resolution. These numbers are good for younity, who say storing this much data in the cloud would be cost prohibitive for most people. Not to mention the fact that people just don’t remember to sync devices, or want to.
“One of the first things our users told us was that this killed the need for them to sync. We learned that people don’t sync their devices — they never remember to,” adds Caso. “Our users were elated to have the ability to get the benefits of syncing without ever having to plan ahead or plug-in their phone or tablet.” And just in case you want local access, the platform allows people to also download anything to their mobile device from the private cloud for use later or offline.
Another added benefit of younity, is that it can take a Windows Media Audio file, or other file type that isn’t compatible with an iOS device and play it on your iPhone or iPad. This removes the need to convert files on your computer that might not be in iOS friendly format before you can play them on your phone or tablet.
younity is free to use and avaiable for Mac OS X, Windows computers and all iOS devices including iPhone, iPad and iPod. The company also has plans for Android and Linux support, although no dates for release have been announced. You can find the app on iTunes, as well as downloads for Mac and PC from www.getyounity.com.
younity is currently one of the companies participaring in MuckerLab’s 3-6 month Startup Accelerator Program, which provides office space, mentoring, funding and the ability to demo their startup at it’s Demo Day, which will take place in January 2013 in Santa Monica.