Flickr was acquired in April by professional image hosting service SmugMug, and today, the very first significant changes under the new ownership have been revealed. There's a major downgrade for free users, who are now restricted to 1,000 images on the image sharing website, instead of the totally free 1TB of storage that was previously offered.
Free users with more than 1,000 images or videos will have till January 8th, 2019, to upgrade to Pro or download their surplus content. After January 8th, totally free users with over 1,000 images or videos won't have the ability to upload any more. And on February 5th, 2019, totally free accounts that are still over the limitation will have their content actively erased till they're back under 1,000 (starting with the oldest content first).
Flickr is also adding various changes and improvements to the $49.99-per-year Flickr Pro service over the course of the next couple of months. Paid clients will be offered unrestricted storage for images and videos at full resolution, no advertisements, extra data on how their images are performing, "premier" customer support, videos up to 10 minutes long (instead of 3 minutes), and partner discounts from Adobe, Smugmug, Peak Design, and more.
To sweeten the deal for any totally free holdouts, Flickr is also providing a 30 percent discount off of the very first year of Flickr Pro through November 30th, which may help ease the sting of losing that totally free storage space.