"It seems to have come to appeal not only to the hard-core early adopters, but to mainstream users. It's no longer a novelty to have an MP3 player, and even having a place online to store MP3 files so you can fill up your iPod on the road has become more common." - Streamload chief executive Steve Iverson.
Streamload's service also allows its customers to share files stored on the system, but has guards in place to prevent the swapping of pirated content. The free offer will go into effect on Monday, but there is a catch or two.
People who sign up for the free 10GB service can only download 100MB a month and can only upload files of 100MB at a time. Customers who pay about $10 a month have much looser restrictions.