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MP3.Com, i-Drive.Com Join to Manage MP3 Files

MP3.com and i-drive Thursday launched a custom version of i-drive within the MP3.com site.

i-drive.com's new "sideloading" feature, available from MP3.com (MPPP), makes it easier for visitors to collect and manage MP3s. MP3.com visitors can gather, store and arrange MP3s in private Web-based folders. Storing MP3s on the Web through sideloading, rather than on a hard drive, greatly enhances the usability of large MP3 files for the majority of Web users.

"By incorporating i-drive's powerful sideloading feature, MP3.com is now able to provide artists and consumers with a fun and secure way to store and manage digital music on the Internet," said Michael Robertson, MP3.com's chairman and CEO.

Starting today, MP3.com visitors will see a "Save to my i-drive" link below every downloadable MP3 file, which allows users to collect multiple MP3s in only seconds. If the visitor does not have an i-drive account, they will be able to register in minutes from MP3.com.

Once the files are in the i-drive account, visitors can utilize i-drive's Sync tool to download the files at a more convenient time. Once their play list has been downloaded to the desktop, users can also arrange the files into multiple subfolders to create MP3 mixes.

As a bonus, visitors creating an i-drive account from MP3.com receive 50 MB of storage, which is twice the amount of a standard i-drive account. Users with an existing i-drive will receive the bonus MP3.com-sponsored 25 MB upgrade the first time they sideload an MP3.