Plex is one of the most popular solutions available for storing all of your media and playing it back on just about any device imaginable. Using Plex has always meant building an always-on device, like a PC or a network-attached storage (NAS) device on which it could run. For most of our readers here at the DMZ that wasn’t a big deal. If you’ve already got a home theater PC then you could most likely also run the Plex Media Server application on it. For many people that’s too much work, and for them Plex announced a new, simpler, approach to their media server.
Plex is rolling out a new service called Plex Cloud. The idea is simple: instead of building, running, and maintaining your own Plex server at home, let them host it for you in the cloud. We’re all used to hosted web apps by now. In fact, many of you may already access your home Plex server by going to their website. The bigger question you’re probably asking is where you’re going to store your media files. Plex is currently working with Amazon to host all of your media in the Amazon Cloud Drive.
Hosting your gigantic media library on Amazon’s servers isn’t cheap, but it may not be as much as you’re expecting either. Currently you can sign up for Amazon Cloud Drive for $59.99 year in the United States. Amazon also says that storage is unlimited. That’s about the price of one hard drive (which may or may not hold all of your media.) You can also use Cloud Drive to host other files too.
So for $60 per year, plus a Plex Pass ($5/month, $40/year, or $150 lifetime), you can have the easiest media server available. Right now you’ll need to ask for an invitation to try out the new service. So what are your thoughts? Are you ready to ditch the always-on PC, and the maintenance required to keep it all going, in favor of a cloud-based solution? Let us know in the comments below.