Both provide, basically the same service, file synchronization between as many devices as you like/need. There are certain differences that distinguish those two. At first sight, you can see that Box.net is showing at their website is their corporate clients. And that seems to be their aim – companies rather than individuals. Both players operate on freemium business model, giving free service and possibility to expand it to paid plans.
Read more to see the summary of freemium plans and Comscore 13-month stats for both services.
- 2GB free space
- unlimited file size
- possibility to get more free space by referring Dropbox to other people
- public file sharing
- 5GB free space
- files up to 25MB
- public file sharing
5GB from Box.net is really nice as for a free plan, but even sharing an archive file with e.g. your photos from holidays seems to be a problem already. It’s very unlikely anyone (apart from companies) has more than 2GB of documents, presentations and spreadsheets. When it comes to individual users, Dropbox has a clear advantage here. Yet, for corporate solutions, thanks to numerous features including, Google Apps integration, Salesforce integration and analytics, Box.net is a more appealing solution. It’s definitely worth trying out which service works for you best depending on your expectations.
Comscore Stats Dropbox VS Box.net
Now, let’s have a look at how popular those both services are using Comscore data.
Last year, May 2010, both services were in the same place with approximately 2 million unique visitors per month. In June 2010, though, Dropbox started growing rapidly meeting the growing popularity of file synchronization and storing files in the cloud.
May 2011, Dropbox is at 5,364,000 Unique Visitors while Box.net is at 2,728,000 UV. Dropbox is at 133.2% YOY change and Box.net only 15.3%, yet it will be interesting to see how Dropbox numbers will change this month after their recent security issues. Again, this reflects the difference in business focus both companies – Dropbox: small studios, individuals and home users against Box.net large businesses and international corporations.
For both services, dominant group of users are males, but the age varies a lot: Dropbox 45-54, while Box.net 15-24. Who is filling that huge gap for active internet users aged 24-45? Is that Sugar Synch, or any other of their competitors?
Dropbox is more popular in Europe, and has slightly more visitors (27.1% against 25.1%) in North America. Again, this might change after recent security issues. On the other hand, Box.net is more popular in Asia and Middle East and Africa.
The amount of competitors that emerged in the last year or two (e.g. Spider Oak, Wuala, Microsoft SkyDrive, and SugarSynch,) shows that there’s still a lot of potential customers out there that those companies will want to provide their service to. Personally I am a bit surprised that Microsoft is not promoting their SkyDrive as it has huge potential with closer integration into Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Are you using Dropbox and/or Box.net, or any other file synchronizing software? You feel like one is much better than the other? Feel free to share your opinion in comments below. If you want to see comparison data for any other service of this kind, let me know.