Media center app maker Plex will soon give its users a way to sync their media to Dropbox to access it from anywhere, according to this GigaOM story by By Janko Roettgers. “Plex launched a new feature dubbed cloudSync at CES Tuesday evening, which makes it possible to upload copies of movies, songs or pictures to Dropbox and then access them from any Plex client.”
I’m a Plex user, and I love the service. It allows you to watch any digital content on any device, including pads, smart phones, the Roku, etc.. However, you typically load the content on a single physical system, thus you need access to that system.
The approach by Plex to use Dropbox is one that will be part of most services and devices that share digital media. We’re moving steadily to a point in time where most of our movies, photos, and other media will be stored in the cloud and shared among all of our devices that play media.
You can do it today, but you have to be a bit of a geek, perhaps setting up a shared drive. However, services such as Plex understand that it has to be turnkey for most users.