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EarthLink, AOL Offer Digital Content Storage

New York — With billions of gigabytes of hard disk space drowning in a sea of digital music, photos and video, EarthLink offered to throw consumers a life vest, for a modest fee.

The company’s WebLife service offers 1GB of storage space to its Internet subscribers for free and to non subscribers for $3 a month. The company will offer two additional tiers — WebLife Plus with 5GB and WebLife Premium with 10GB of storage and the option to purchase more space for $1 per GB per month.

For digital images, WebLife offers online printing with mail-back options and in-store pick-up through Wolf Camera and Walgreens. The service also serves as a photo sharing, editing and organizing platform for digital images.

A backup feature allows consumers to archive specific files, folders or their entire hard drive through automatic or scheduled incremental uploads. Consumers can encrypt their data with 256-bit data security during the back-up process. Once backed up, WebLife files can be accessed from any computer connected to the Internet.

In a similar move, AOL announced that it will begin offering 5GB of online content storage to consumers with an AOL or AIM screen names for free starting in September as part of a broader strategic shift away from paid-for access products.