AOL have said that they’ll give 5 gigabytes of online storage to every web user with an AOL or AIM (AOL instant messenger) screen name, from September. They’ll use the XDrive service which they acquired last year.
According to AOL, users will be able to back up important files like photos, documents, music and videos from any PC or mobile device with a Net connection, share them with others, with no upload or download charges or restrictions. It will be integrated so that users can just drag and drop files from their local hard drives to the service. There’ll also be a premium paid service offering 50Gb of storage.
Some see this as a direct competitor to Google’s GDrive; the market for online backup is growing as more companies tap this area. Whilst 5 gigs won’t back up your entire hard drive, it should allow you to store a decent amount of files and digital content. Free forever? Who knows, but it will be to start with.