It's taken the storage burden off your devices
Back in the day, if you wanted to save documents or photos, you had to save them to your computer's hard drive. That meant going through and pruning your Napster library, high school essays, and digital camera pics every once in a while to free up enough space in order to save something new. Or maybe you'd burn them to a CD or offload the big stuff to an external hard drive. Now, thanks to dramatic improvements in internet speeds, you rarely have to save a thing to your machine. Instead, we stash space-sucking files in the cloud, and seamlessly stream content from it via services like Spotify, Netflix, Dropbox, and Google Drive. Content -- whether it's your favorite TV series, a hot new album, your vacation photos, or that complex spreadsheet you've been putting together for work -- is still physically saved, just on a server somewhere else, ready for you to access it whenever you're online.