Ah, the weird and wonderful world of file sharing. A number of service are either built around it or have it as a feature – Dropbox, Mega, and the list goes on. The dodgy parts – sharing music or movies with friends (or total strangers) – is usually just not talked about. Services generally get away with not being held liable for the under the table stuff their users might get up to, unless that service is called MegaUpload.
Anyway, point is, most cloud storage companies keep quiet about how their services can be used for file sharing of the dubious sort. StreamNation takes another route – one that doesn’t just stay hush-hush about sharing music and movies, but openly proclaims it to be a core feature.
At heart, StreamNation is your standard cloud storage service. You get an allotment of free storage (20 GB) with the option to pay for more and you can sync your files to all of your devices. In keeping with the times, you can use it to stream media to your TV using AirPlay or Chromecast, too. And, as long as we’re talking photos or documents, you’re free to share what you have with anyone, at any time.
But, there’s a reason why the service is called StreamNation. With movies and music, you can also share, but there are some restrictions. You can only share with friends connected to your account on StreamNation, so they would have to sign up for an account, as well. If you choose to share something with someone, they can stream it – not download it – directly from your cloud storage. StreamNation is trying to avoid legal trouble by making their service similar to the days when you would share media by handing over a physical disc – if someone else is streaming music or a movie from your account, you won’t be able to access it until they’re done.
It’s free to sign up for StreamNation, but you’ll have to pay for extra storage. 100 GB, 500 GB, and unlimited storage cost €5, €10, and €20 monthly, or €48, €108, and €228 yearly. You see the € because StreamNation is based in Europe.