I think this best fits here in software. Today, I store everything on my Mac on iCloud Drive and Apple’s services. It’s great having full sync on my iOS devices and my up-to-date content everywhere with me. It’s also backed up off of my device and god-knows-where in Apple’s data centres.
I can’t imagine going back to the old days, where content lived exclusively on my MacBook HDD and was backed up to Time Machine, I would take and sync my photos to iPhoto then back via iTunes … Apple’s ecosystem to me, is the biggest plus of using Apple computers and devices. Switching is much harder, though even if one did, Google’s Drive or OneDrive would likely become the go to cloud of choice… Let alone DropBox or other third party more flexible solutions.
This discussion is to figure out if many power users still use offline, private and local storage of their photos, music, files etc. and opt to not use cloud storage at all in 2019. I can’t imagine this at all, really, but as I’ve considered Linux lately the idea crossed my mind that not everybody has an easy to use integrated cloud service. So why do you avoid the cloud, how practical is/isn’t this and what’s your main motivation for this?