You might have heard of Gobbler, it’s still in beta (isn’t everything these days?) but it has created quite a buzz in the audio world. Why? Because it’s a backup solution dedicated for us musicians and engineers working with Pro Tools or other DAW’s. Right now you can get a year of the service for free.

According to their website, Gobbler will help you backup, transfer and organize your projects. Sounds good.

The backup is cloud-based and a very clever solution too. Gobbler automatically finds your projects and back them up. Great! Can you toss your DVD’s and hard drives now then? Not quite.

Gobbler is not a good archiver, it’s better – and probably intended – for backup of the projects you’re currently working on. Professionals can’t take any risks. If you’re responsible for a clients work and the Gobbler service for some strange reason is down while your project is corrupted you’ll need another backup.

So here’s the details on the deal:

For everyone who signed up for Gobbler prior to Dec 7th 2011 (and has logged into Gobbler at least once using our client software), you will keep your Gobbler accounts for free until Feb 1, 2013 (a full year of free service). Whatever amount of storage you have accumulated by getting your friends to sign up will be included in that amount. So if you currently have 75GB or 150GB of storage it’s yours for free for a whole year. You will continue to be able to accumulate storage during that year. On Feb 1 2013 when the free year is up your will be grandfathered in at our lowest price of $7.95 per month for life no matter how many gigs of storage your have earned between now and Feb 1 2013.

I’ve been using Gobbler for a while and can definitely recommend it. Go sign up for it if you haven’t already.

Oh, one last thing. I was actually in a situation recently where both my backups were fucked. It shouldn’t happen but it did, luckily I had them in the cloud.