Microsoft didn't just discontinue Groove Music Pass; they're also retiring Groove Music on iOS and Android later this year. Users that prefer purchasing music, storing it on the cloud, and streaming it to their devices will have to look elsewhere to get their music fix. Luckily, there are a number of apps on both iOS and Android that allow you to stream music directly from OneDrive.
As a bonus, each of these also works with other popular cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive, so you aren't locked into one cloud provider.
Cloudbeats is a simple music streaming app that lets you use OneDrive or other cloud services a source for music. The interface is a bit boxy, but it works well and supports music, audiobooks, and playlists.
If you upgrade to the pro version, you can use Cloudbeats with Chromecast and download tracks.
Cloudbeats is available on both iOS and Android. There are free or lite versions depending on your operating system but to remove ads and get all of its features you'll have to upgrade for $4.99.
CloudPlayer is my favorite app off of this list. The interface is excellent, it automatically detected all of my music and album artwork, and it supports downloading or streaming music. It also supports multiple clouds very well so you can take music from multiple sources.
The app supports Chromecast, Android Auto, AirPlay and Android Wear, so there are plenty of ways to listen to your music through the app.
CloudPlayer is only available on Android devices. It has a free version but to get premium features like cloud streaming and casting support you'll have to upgrade for $7.99. You can try premium features for free for 30 days to help you decide if it's worth the price.
Cloud Indeed is a solid option for those on iOS. It works with OneDrive as well as other popular streaming services. It takes this further by having a fusion mode that combines your music from various cloud sources.
You can stream music or download it, and the app also supports file management so you can move your music around to organize it.
The interface isn't as clean as I'd like but it works. It looks better on iPhones than iPads due to spacing issues.
It's available on iOS for free but unlocking all of its features such as playlists and adding more accounts costs $3.99. That upgrade also removes ads, which are more present in the free version than they should be.
OneDrive music is still alive
When Groove Music was around, I didn't even consider looking for another app to stream music from OneDrive. Thankfully, there are options to choose from that look great and work well. Some of them even have features that never were available through Groove Music, giving you an upgrade on your music streaming.
What apps do you use to stream your music? Let us know in the comments below.
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