updated 05:55 pm EST, Thu February 22, 2007
Bandwagon backs up iTunes
Xackup has launched bandwagon, an online iTunes backup service offering unlimited storage. Bandwagon is designed for music lovers who forget to use rsync, ftp, or CDs + DVDs to backup music. The service is automatic, and features menubar controls with selective backups or full restorations. A queue manager supports free choice of which iTunes items are scheduled for backup, and users can pick artist icons from 'Alanis' to 'the Woz.' Bandwagon is $70 per year for unlimited storage until February 28th before midnight (PST), or $1 for a 30-day trial with unlimited storage. The service will cost $100 per year after February 29th, according to Xackup.
The new service also enables users to select which iTunes items are to be backed up without requiring any drag-and-drop operations, while a quick search feature uses Apple's Spotlight technology to sift through queued as well as backed up and missing items.
Bandwagon uses Amazon.com S3 service -- Amazon.com's Simple Storage Service -- for its back-end provider to host online backups for customers, relying on Amazon's trusted security measures and speedy networks for redundancy and reliable backups. The same company also offers xackmail -- an online backup of Apple Mail content for $2 per month with an unlimited storage capacity.