AOL Launches Xdrive

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AOL has launched the Open Xdrive, a public API that allows developers to create rich media management to share with their Web site users.

AOL Launches Xdrive
“AOL Launches Xdrive”
AOL Launches Xdrive

Users can upload and share all file types such as photos, videos, music and documents from any Web site using Xdrive. Files are stored and accessed from the user’s personal online storage account.

Users of Xdrive will have 5 GB of free storage without limiting file size or bandwidth. Users have the option of upgrading their accounts to 50GB for $9.95 per month.

"Rich media management and online storage increases engagement. Giving consumers the ability to share their media assets help Website owners build awareness and increase their audience," said David Liu, Senior Vice President of AOL Portals.

"By utilizing each consumer’s complimentary 5GB Xdrive account, a Website owner can benefit from these capabilities without incurring the usual infrastructure, operations, and development costs."

AOL Launches Xdrive
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  • Ben Widhelm

    I applaud AOL for their efforts to open XDrive, even if it is a half step…

    Hesitant to jump into developing on this platform for 4 reasons:

    1. JSON (JavaScript) only.
    2. Unclear pricing model. 5 GB for free is great, $9.95 for 50 GB is ok, no indication of anything beyond. Sites like www.elephantdrive.com and www.mozy.com are giving away unlimited storage at that pricing…
    3. Don’t see the incentive for AOL the media company to commit themselves to the platform. Who is to say this won’t go the way of their dialup business?
    4. XDrive’s platform has been consistently inconsistent. As one of the earliest players in the space, I’m sure they’ve wrestled mightily with legacy systems. Perhaps that has changed now that they are part of AOL, but I’m reserving judgment until there is some empirical data.

    S3 remains the champion…

  • http://www.elephantdrive.com Matt K. Olson

    On November 12 2008 Xdrive LLC part of AOL LLC sent out to Xdrive account holders an AOL Official Mail notifying them that the Xdrive service will be shutting down on January 12 2009. On December 12 2008 Xdrive LLC part of AOL LLC sent a second notice to Xdrive account holders.

    Check your SPAM box if you don’t see it in your Inbox especially if you have a non AOL email account.

    I would not recommend waiting until the last day. Get it done today…!

    I recommend choosing ElephantDrive and to make transferring those digital assets over as easy as possible just click the link http://www.elephantdrive.com/m/ct.aspx?ici=267 …this is the Xdrive to ElephantDrive migration page.

    ElephantDrive is the only solution provider working in cooperation with Xdrive using their Open Xdrive API. While competitors of ElephantDrive may offer discounts on their subscription plans you’ll have to do all the work of transferring your digital assets. ElephantDrive is committed to helping every Xdrive account holder make transitioning their digital assets seamless and transparent by using the Xdrive to ElephantDrive migration page.

    ElephantDrive offers packages that are designed to protect the digital assets of individuals, SMBs, and large organizations.

    Xdrive consumers with questions about transferring their digital assets over to ElephantDrive can check our Common Questions page.


    Matt K. Olson
    Consultant @ ElephantDrive

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