The one upsmanship in giving away storage continues with an announcement today from AOL that come September the company will provide 5 GB of free storage on the company’s XDrive system to anyone with as little as an AOL or AIM screen name. AOL purchased XDrive last August for an undisclosed sum.
Chris Gilmer over at AOL owned Download Squad reports the service will include permission based file sharing, scheduled automatic backups from your hard drive to Xdrive, automatic upload of e-mail attachments from AOL Mail or any non-AOL POP3 or IMAP-compatible mail providers and a lot more.
We did a comparison of 13 storage companies in January, but the market just keeps changing. Who will top today’s AOL announcement?
Maybe it’ll be Windows Live Drive? Or Google Gdrive? There’s more by following the link, but, as always, the question the question is whether this kind of freebie really pays off in ad sales or other fee-based services. It may work out to “everybody else is offering it as part of their package, so we have to as well.”