Dropbox buys cloud-based photo organiser Snapjoy

A week after Dropbox acquired audio streaming service Audiogalaxy, the cloud storage service has added cloud-based photo organiser Snapjoy to its kitty of services.

Snapjoy is a photo library where users can organise and collect photos spread across multiple online and offline sources like desktops, phones, Flickr, etc. to be stored in one large cloud-based account. Using Snapjoy, users can view these images online or via an iOS app. These images can also be shared with friends.


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As a fellow Y Combinator company, we’ve always admired Dropbox and loved their product. From the moment we met the founders, it was clear we shared a common goal. By combining forces with their amazing team, we can leverage the technology and scale of their platform and focus on what matters -- delivering an incredible photo experience to over 100 million people,” said the Snapjoy team in a blog post announcing their merger with Dropbox. 

Snapjoy will no longer be taking new signups even though existing users can keep using the services like they did before. Financial details of the deal have not been revealed yet.

Dropbox acquired Audiogalaxy last week adding fuel to the rumours that it could be looking at developing a cloud-based music service some time soon. Audiogalaxy wrote in a blog post after the announcement, “Over the last few years we’ve built a wonderful music experience on the web and mobile devices, attracting loyal users from all over the world. We are excited about the opportunity to join the amazing folks at Dropbox and bring great new experiences to 100M+ Dropbox users.

Audiogalaxy too suspended new signups post the announcement and announced that playlists built by users will be available only till the end of the year. The service will shut down completely by the end of the year.

In November, Dropbox rolled out an update to its iOS app, releasing v1.5.7. The update came with improved video streaming capabilities. It also brought with it support for languages like Italian and Iberian Spanish. Interestingly, the update offered support for password-protected Office documents for iOS 6. Lastly, some bug fixes and performance improvements were also included.

The Android app received an update in October, a while before the iOS app did. Version 2.2 of Dropbox for Android added a new Photos tab where users could view all their photos and videos. The Uploads option was moved to the menu in the file browser. A host of ‘under-the-hood bug fixes and tune-ups’ were also added.

Newer features like upload notifications, uploading images in the background using Wi-Fi or data plans endeared the app to users. To add icing on the cake, Dropbox allowed users up to 3GB of free space for uploading photos automatically, in 500MB increments.

Dropbox flawlessly manages to connect all your smart devices like PC, iOS devices and Android ones to a reliable cloud service. With its free storage capacity and interconnectivity, Dropbox has acquired quite a fan following and the Snapjoy merger will only increase it manifold.

Published Date: Dec 20, 2012 10:20 AM | Updated Date: Dec 20, 2012 10:20 AM