Photobucket Goes Retro with New Instagram-y App: Snapbucket

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Cool kids take note. Photo and video sharing service Photobucket is making a move into trendier territory with the release of their new Snapbucket app, available for download on Androids as of today (the iPhone version will be available soon).

Contrary to their other app, Snapbucket allows users to apply vignettes and other artful discolorations to get that retrofitted Urban Outfitter feel, which can then be auto-uploaded directly to their account in both the original and altered form.

So what separates Snapbucket from other artsy photo apps like Instagram, who already dominate the space? “We have found that very few people have all of their photos and videos stored centrally,” CEO Tom Munro tells me in an email. “Our goal is to help everyone complete their photo and video story in one place, for life. This is the reasoning and the incentive to offer unlimited storage for free to the world.”

Of course, if users already rely on other cloud services for photo storage (Flickr, Smugmug, etc.), or have already linked up with their friends on Instagram, the lure of Snapbucket’s late-to-market entry seems unlikely to cause anyone to uproot ┬átheir archive, which is always a pain.

But if you’re not already on the good-bad photo bandwagon, the promise of unlimited upload space on the go might be enough to earn Snapbucket a few cool points with smartphone photographers who prefer going vintage.

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