ZumoCast Offers a Personalized Cloud
By NICK BILTON SEPTEMBER 8, 2010
So you want to take a video that is sitting on your computer and watch it on your iPad or iPhone. It shouldn't be too difficult, right? Yet the options available from Apple, the company that makes the software and hardware for those devices, can either be very expensive or very slow.
There are essentially two options from Apple. You could pay $100 for a yearly Mobile Me account, gaining access to an iDisk drive that lets you drag and drop files into a cloud-based hard drive. These can then be retrieved from other computers and mobile gadgets running Apple's iOS 4 software.
The alternate and less expensive option involves plugging an old-fashioned U.S.B. cord into your mobile device and then going to get lunch as iTunes slowly syncs your files.
Or you can use a free third-party application.
Although a number of file-sharing services have existed for a while, a new free product called ZumoCast, which had its debut on Wednesday, takes the idea of self-sharing to a new level by offering the ability to create a personal file-sharing cloud.