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This article was published on April 17, 2014

Dropbox acquires photo storage startup Loom, service to shut down on May 16

Dropbox acquires photo storage startup Loom, service to shut down on May 16
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Cloud photo storage service Loomannounced today that it has been acquired by Dropbox.

Loom is no longer accepting new users, and existing customers can keep using Loom until May 16. The firm will offer an option to export data over to Dropbox.

Dropbox announced Carousel, its own photo storage app that was similar to Loom, last week. Loom users that switch to Carousel will receive the an equivalent allotment of data from Dropbox, with paid users receiving free upgraded storage for a year.

If you’d rather not have your Loom data head over to Dropbox (because, you know, reasons), you can request a zip file of your entire library.

Loom co-founder Jan Senderek acknowledged in his announcement post that the decision was “made with great care”:

 We have worked hard on our product and feel that our vision aligns perfectly with Dropbox’s vision for Carousel…After spending some serious time investigating if this was the right move for us, we realized that Dropbox has solved many problems around scaling infrastructure and at Dropbox the Loom team will be able to focus entirely on building great features with a fantastic user experience

If you have additional questions about the transition, Loom has created a FAQ for its users.

Image credit: Loom/Dropbox

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