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How to access your music collection from OneDrive with Groove Music on Windows 10

In much the same way you can with some competing music services, Microsoft's Groove will let you play your own music from the cloud. You can add your MP3s to OneDrive and play them on your PC, tablet, phone, and Xbox. It's really simple. Upload your music files to the "Music" folder in OneDrive and that music will magically appear in the Groove Music apps for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile, the Xbox Music app on Windows Phone 8.1, as well as on your Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Watch our how-to video for more details.

Here are the 3 simple steps:

  1. Open your OneDrive Music folder from the web or via the OneDrive folder on your Windows 10 PC.
  2. Upload your favorite MP3s from your hard drive to the OneDrive Music folder.
  3. Open your Groove Music application on your PC, Windows Phone (Xbox Music for Windows Phone 8.1), Xbox, or the web with the same Microsoft Account you used in OneDrive. Your OneDrive music files will now be listed as songs in your collection.

If you are not seeing your files, make sure you have accepted the Xbox Terms of Use. You can add music files in MP3, M4A (AAC), and WMA formats. You can currently add up to 50,000 songs to your collection.

It's also worth noting that only songs in the Music folder on OneDrive are added to the collection. All music on OneDrive saved in a different folder location will not be added to the Groove Music collection. If you want to remove songs from the collection, take out the files from the Music folder.

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Originally published March 2015, updated August 2015

Mark Guim is Video Editor at Windows Central. He switched to Windows because the MacBook Pro isn't Pro enough. You can follow him on Twitter at @markguim.

310 Comments
  • So will this work if you don't have a pass?
  • Correct. I don't have a pass, but I'm still able to listen to my personal collection.
  • Does this cache/download the tracks once you play them or are you effectively streaming music you own already, every single time?
  • It does not download / cache the played songs automatically, but you can choose to download them anytime (for future offline playing).
  • From what I've read, it should because it hooks in to your OneDrive account, not their music library.
  • No pass required.
  • The "pass" is just to get another 100GB in Onedrive. The streaming feature is for everyone :)
  • any idea whether we get to keep the 100GB for having XBOX music pass even after our music pass expires?
  • Easy guess . No
  • Probably the same as the rest of OneDrive.  Collection goes into read-only mode until you fall below quota. This is one thing Google does better.  They don't count your music against your cloud storage quota.   However, at the same time MS are giving away gigs for everything.  I'm over 200GB total space with plenty of room for my 32k songs.
  • And then Office 365 gives 1TB of storage, with it being theoretically unlimited. So plenty of storage options, even without a Groove Pass.
  • Yeah I know i have tripled my storage on OneDrive and I don't pay a cent,so i have 30 GB as opposed to the standard 10
  • With groove music you can listen for Free, from One Drve.
  • Yes.
  • Pretty much like a streaming services. Except this one is self-provided. Not gonna use it. My data plan is quite limited. :(
  • You can download with wi-fi, and use it offline.
  • You can use USB and use it offline lol
  • Except managing playlists in one place is simpler and can accessed anywhere.
  • Lets find a CPU and cord to put all your songs on every device...   Or you can just upload to onedrive once and use any device without the hassle of doing in manually  
  • Hmm... Maybe you right. I'll give it a chance later on. Copying files to OneDrive itself is not viable by now since I have problems on my wifi plan.
  • It never actually downloads it for me
  • T-Mobile unlimited music streaming is certainly great right about now.
  • T-Mobile is the solution to that.
  • It's no different from the way Google Play Music works, really. 
  • Have to be online or will it work offline? Better give it a try and go down the tube/metro...
  • You can download the tracks locally, but I'm not sure there's an automatic option unfortunately.
  • If there was an automatic option then all of my sync woes would be solved!
  • Yes...it would be great if you could sync from the OneDrive. Still an issue with editing the metadata though ... Zune did it so well and it is a nightmare on Xbox.
  • I still use Zune for all my music management. You only have to use XBox Music to purchase.
  • Thanks guys, useful info. I'll transfer mine this weekend and see how it all works... Or doesn't work... Lol
  • Hmmm...Now that I think about it, I could probably use Zune Exclusively to manage my music and not have to open up the XBM app at all on the PC, since they say you can play WMA files through OneDrive. It would be hella easier to manage my collection of DRM protected vs MP3. I'll be testing it out mañana as soon as all my music is in the cloud.
  • That's what I do, I only use XBox music when I want to buy something... Zune still downloads the DRMed .wma files just fine and handles my 10 song credits every month just fine. But because it's still programmed for Microsoft points it can't transact money. You could also purchase through your phone but I'm not convinced that the phone downloads the 320kbps files when you buy them.
  • I'm gonna take a wild guess that you live/are from California?
  • What would give you that idea?
  • I prefered MusicMatch Jukebox until Yahoo! bought it and ruined it.
  • Hell yes! I still have the old .exe for musicmatch pre-yahoo! I used it because of the tagging and file renaming based on tagging that it could do. Luckily, I got my first Zune right after yahoo ruined it and the rest is history...
  • MediaMonkey
  • Lol. India is left in vain..!!
  • thats so true.....i am really not sure why we dont have this features in india..
  • it's only there in the countries that have Groove Music.
  • Which is like a dozen countries in the whole planet!!! Back to Spotify and web stations for me xD
  • Need something where we can save playlists, etc.
  • Works with playlists too.
  • Partially. Static playlists work fine. Auto playlists are detected and added, but their contents are empty.
  • I uploaded my music and even the iTunes DRM songs were recognized on my device. Of course, I could just be streaming the Xbox version. Now if Xbox video would do this with iTunes video files I never have a reason to open iTunes again.
  • I guess you could test this by renaming the file to another song and changing the metadata?
  • ITunes hasn't DRMed music in years but the videos will be for ages.
  • Is there anythingI need to do if I already have Music in my OneDrive?
  • My question too. I had a Music folder already. Must take a look and see what effect that has had.
  • Yes, you need to MOVE the files from whatever folder they are currently in to the new "Music" folder on OneDrive.
  • Ok, but I already have a Music folder I created in my OneDrive. Are you saying MS created their Music folder?
  • Yes, it was created within the last 24-hours, automatically.  It sounds like there might be a bug where if the folder already exists in a users account, it didn't get added.... Sounds like a question for Microsoft support.  Or you can try maybe renaming it and seeing if the new one appears after logging out / logging in?
  • AmeriCanuck10 - it sounds like it should work even if you already had a Music folder.  So I guess see if Xbox Music app sees your music before doing anything drastic like renaming folders, etc.
  • I already had a Music folder. When I opened up the Music app, it took a while, but then it created a Music 1 folder in OneDrive. So then I moved all my music to the Music 1 folder, deleted my old Music folder, then renamed Music 1 to Music and it's all good.
  • If you already had a music folder you are good to go. 
  • I had this folder for a long Time already because there was a link about the music locker that created this folder. Probably forgot all about reading the article and clocking the link, lol
  • This is actually not true and falsely stated in the article. Groove music can scan any folder to its music library als OneDrive folders. I have two different OneDrive folders connected to Groove Music and neither are named Music and both work flawlessly... Except the initial indexing that took some while (5gb)
  • I already had a Music folder with some mp3s in OneDrive and upon opening XBOX music they are all available for streaming and download.
  • I already have synced my music into xbm a year ago, all you needed to do is upload music then point xbm library to the one drive metadata music folder then it would download required files while streaming music.
  • Does it stream or upload to my phone?
  • Stream. But you can download it.
  • Both (you choose)
  • It streams, but you can download any song locally at anytime (so you can play that song offline).
  • is there a way too get tracks from phone to one drive all at once, versus one at a time?  
  • You sellect all your music with a File Manager and past to OneDrive folder (Pocket Explorer can do that).
  • ok, got pocket explorer, selected all music, next step? thanks
  • You have to add your OneDrive account to Pocket Explorer. Select all music and past to the Music OneDrive folder.
  • Why make things more difficult than they are? you can do that more easly through OneDrive app or through Files
  • Just drag your local music files / folders to the OneDrive "Music" folder...
  • how do I add one drive to pocket? I do not see that option. Is that in the paid version? there is no paste option in one drive thank you :)
  • Forget Pocket Explorer. Open OneDrive, tap on the plus sign, tap on "Phone", navigate to the folder where you have the music and check the boxs to the left of the file name, when you have selected all the files that you want  tap on "done" button on the appbar. The secon option is to open Files, navigate to your music folder, tap on the "select" button on the appbar (is the second starting from left) check the box to the left of the files name and tap on "share" botton (is the last one) on the appbar, select OneDrive, choose the folder an tap on add button.
  • Thank You, Will try these steps.
  • Offilne mode available as well :) This is great!
  • Why can't you do this in desktop mode? Why do we have to do this online in OneDrive?
  • You can do this with your OneDrive folder no PC as well. But you have to be online so OneDrive can upload your music of course.
  • Yeah it works, I did it from OneDrive on my Windows Phone
  • One question about those 50000 songs: Do they take the standard One Drive storage, or does Microsoft allocate more storage for them when you add them?
  • Standard.
  • I would assume that's the total allowed, but the total that actually fits is dependent on the amount of free storage available in one's account
  • Trade in some Bing reward points and get 100GB free.  I have over 300GB for free from various promotions and Bing rewards.
  • Oh that's great! I have quite a bit of music but I only take a small amount due to my phones memory limitation. I will have to use this now to get the rest of my music on Xbox music.
  • Good-bye iTunes....  and don't let the door hit you on the way out.
  • Is internet connection is required for listing songs ?
  • Yes but you can download them onto the device for offline listening.
  • Thanks.
  • No, once they are in the collection the song can be downloaded in the xbox music app.
  • Thanks
  • This has been a long awaited feature to fill the gaps of missing music in their Xbox music service. Most frustratingly they will have most artists/albums I listen to but for rights reasons are missing specific albums from those artists or a single song here and there. Don't listen to Metallica often but I'll be adding my Tool, Beatles, and Metallica collections to this off the top of my head of major missing artists from this service.
  • Yeah this is true for outside the US. Some albums aren't available for streaming but are available to buy or only a 3rd party compilation has select songs on xbm
  • Nicely done
  • Do the files have to be directly in the music folder or can you have folders of music within the music folder?
  • You can have folders / sub-folders.  For example, artisit folders / albums / songs, etc.  Makes it a lot easier to manage it going forward.
  • Does not seem to be working for me, none of my songs show up in Groove, even tho I can see them in OneDrive. I have this structure "Files\Music\-=[ Varius Artists ]=-\-=[ Trance Mixes (Big) ]=-"
  • Some things to keep in mind the limit my be 50,000 songs but I have 24,000 or so songs and man is it slow to scroll through, it's a bit better if you view by artist or album but not much. One more fun thing if you had been using XBox music fro a PC your collection was already being synced to the cloud now mine is a huge mess of dupes. I do like this feature but man this is going to take some time to clean up.    EDIT I should have kept reading Windows central has an article on how to fix this   http://www.windowscentral.com/easily-get-rid-duplicate-tracks-your-xbox-music-library  
  • I'm getting a lot of copies of albums for some reason. Not sure why.
  • I don't see a music folder on my one drive. Can I just create one named music and will it work ?
  • Yep. That's what I did.
  • I believe so, I had created one called music and put one album in there to test something and that folder works for my collection...
  • It can't hurt to try it out. 
  • Open Xbox music first, then go back to OneDrive. It was missing for me at first, but after opening xbox music on my phone the folder appeared. Creating the folder manually will probably work as well though. :)
  • Windows Central writer using a Mac on his vid...
  • I'm surprised it let you come here?  Don't worry, we won't tell.
  • No no! I mean that Mark Guim, the guy in the video is using a Mac, sry should have been more clear on that
  • You are aware that people besides PC owners may want to use OneDrive and Xbox Music, correct? Like in some universe, there could be someone with a MacBook who also has an Xbox One. The best way to grow the ecosystem is not to present yourself as an exclusive club for ideological nerds ;)
  • You're right that we need to grow our ecosystem, but in that case you have to inside the video tutorial point the fact that it can be use across different platform such as IOS or Android and provide a link to a different video showing how it's used in those platform... But many of us are really insulted with this, it's not enough fighting everybody in defense of our platform?....  
  • 4 fun, grow up. And no, this is not "our" platform. It is a platform you paid to use.  So sensitive. 
  • Jbestman... Metete en lo que no te importa caraculo...
  • Google-translated that: "Your mother was a Hamster and your Father smelled of Elderberries..." ;-)
  • Exactly Daniel, we're not Google after all.
  • We are all aware of it and we can stand it but just think about it... we as Microsoft fans expect to see a freaking Windows device (Not just Surfaces) on nearly all videos, and yes, you can say that it can also work on other browsers or OS's of the competitors but this is not the place to show Macs exactly...
  • Now if only the Band had a companion xbox music app for play controls (play / pause / skip / shuffle / etc.) we won't need to pull out our phone everytime we want to change the song....  I'm sure it's coming soon and that will be awesome.
  • All depends on if it was tested for avrcp
  • Take note that the music folder is named after your region.
    I already had a music folder in onedrive. But Microsoft added a new folder named musik. That's the Swedish word for music. As I am Swedish I moved my music files over to this new Swedish music folder and then it started to work for me.
    So if you are non-English speaking, look for a music folder in your native language and place the files there.
  • Excellent, now just add FLAC support! :D
  • FLAC takes up a lot of space in Onedrive.
  • I have 10TB (out of unlimited) space available. Not a problem for me!
  • are you going to play your music in your house using your wifi or when your out somewhere using your phone data because i think Flac will take too much of your data plan if your planning on using your phone to listen to.
  • I have unlimited data too. well throttled at 10GB / month.
  • FLAC might be a better experience, but the larger file size doesn't make it viable right now for streaming.  I'm sure that will change as data speeds increase.
  • Also not a problem for me on LTE network! Maybe not viable for all, but flac isn't THAT huge. Streaming YouTube or netflix is more data hungry than any audio streaming
  • Submit the idea to their UserVoice account.  With enough votes they might add support for it.
  • No need.  FLAC support will be in Windows 10.  That's already been announced.
  • FLAC has been announced a while ago. Will be in Win 10.
  • Doesnt mean it's supported for wp10
  • Yes it does. Unified OS
  • Its actually working in w10
  • Thank you for the info, I look forward to the Win 10 update on my Nokia 640. I want to stream FLAC to my outdoor speakers, over WiFi, from my phone using One Drive.  Presently I have to convert them to MP3 before uploading to One Drive to support streaming.  Now I can have my music collection mirrored on One Drive an not screw around with alternate formats.  A major koodos to the Grove team for supporting FLAC in Win 10!  Now get my Zune "Now Playing" backgrounds back!!!
  • So I have 12GB of music stored on OneDrive. I want to download the music for offline use on my phone, but it needs to be stored on my SD card, otherwise it won't all fit. Anyone know if I can do that? If so, how?
  • Fastest way would be to just connect your phone with your PC with a cable and transfer the data directly to it. As it has always been if you want to add music files to your phone ;)
  • That's how I do it, but it would be great if my phone would be automatically synched to my OneDrive folder everytime I download new songs to my PC. Currently I have all of my PC content synched to OneDrive.
  • I don't believe you can auto-sync the songs to your phone from OneDrive, but you can  bulk download them through the OneDrive app.  I'm not sure if you can tell it to save to the SD card since I don't have that option.
  • I think you're right, can't find any options for that. What a shame. :( Would be so cool if I can add stuff on my computer and then it magically gets synched to my phone... Hope this function will be added in the future.
  • Add the idea to their UserVoice site.  It might get added if it receives enough votes.
  • Go to settings>storage sense. About halfway down the screen it should say. "Change where you store your music, photos, apps, and more." and the first dropdown should be for "store new music, videos, and podcasts on my... change that to 'SD card' and you should be good. I basically have everything but apps being stored on my SD card.
  • Thanks, apparently I already had chosen that option. The problem turns out to be that the songs won't automatically get downloaded to my phone. It seems that it has to be done manually. Then I might as well just transfer them with a USB cable because that's quicker.
  • I anticipate the syncing to be there in Win10 if not late WP8.1 this is just preparing and getting all the background stuff in place first. For me, it is nice because I have access to all my music when I'm out of the house, because I don't keep my entire library on my phone at once (its 46 GBs) so if I get a hankering for some old 112 I can pull it down into my library at high quality.
  • I'm actually using Win10 Technical Preview. I just took the opportunity to submit a suggestion through their feedback app about auto-sync.
  • Thanks, I had reverted my Surface Pro 2 back to 8.1 because my battery life was shit with the preview, so I don't have the means anymore.
  • You always gotta have some 112 in your collection! I have their Part III album. I want to get more of their stuff.
  • It's works FLAWLESSLY.  Loving it. Only problem I'm seeing is that it's running into a OneDrive issue of not being able to upload folders.  I have all my music very well organized in recursed folders by artist and album.  I would love to just be able to drag and drop everything but I just can't.  So it's slow going.  If anyone has any suggestions for circumventing this, let me know.  I started with the things I can't actually stream.  Love that I can then redownload them at any time straight to my phone.  
  • Just use file explorer on your Windows PC
  • I don't understand how that will help.  I have windows 7.
     
  • Basically since 8.x we've had mtp which is compatible with wmp
  • Download the OneDrive desktop app and it will put OneDrive into your file explorer and let you associate folders and libraries with OneDrive. I just reorganized my collection into the XBox Music folders and drug them into my OneDrive "Music" folder and it's uploading its ass off.   *I said OneDrive far too much in that comment*
  • You can just paste all music there, if you music has the properly album/artist tag, it will be add correctly/separately on Xbox Music.
  • This is awesome! Now, about the Xbox Music app...
  • I haven't used the Xbox Music app since the first week with my 920.  Mix Radio just works better for me.  It's a shame MS sold it.  Xbox Music and Mix Radio should've been merged.
  • It's awesome!
  • For me it's only showing a partion of my music. 201 in XbM app vs 841 songs on SD... Seems slower i think.
  • SD?
  • the former name of OneDrive SkyDrive
  • Yea this is awesome! Was the last glaring omission for Xbox Music when compared to some others. Now its perfect, I can have ALL my music with me whenever and not have to waste space on a drive if I don't want to. The ability to remove duplicates as mentioned in a previous post is also awesome. Uploading now.
  • I re-organized and started uploading my collection 14 hours ago and I'm still at 67%... It is uploading 46GB of music but still...
  • LoL
  • Download speeds and Upload speeds are usually very different. My DL speed is like 10Mbps, Upload is a measly 1Mbps. I started uploading 19 GB worth of music last night. I am currently at 41%. So, my guess is, I won't be done 'til tomorrow.
  • Yep. I am up to 76%.... WEEEEEEEEEE! I will also likely not be done until sometime early tomorrow.
  • This was slick!  Copy into OneDrive/Music on my desktop, play from the phone a couple of mins later! Now I just need a TB of OneDrive space and family sharing of this feature.
  • Redeem some Bing rewards points for 100GB of free OneDrive storage.  It's good for a year.
     
  • Maybe this was already answered but does this work on Surface RT XBOX Music App?  I was not seeing them last night although I was seeing them on my phone and Xbox One.
  • Win RT 8.1 with 2014 Summer Update? If so, yes.
  • Not sure, but I'm going to guess probably not.  MS seems to be leaving the Surface 2 behind.  Their Windows 10 update chart showed that.  I'm in the same situation with my surface 2.  Hopefully the Surface Pro 4 will come with a non-Pro version with an Intel M processor in it.  I would upgrade for that.
  • Can you play your music while in game? I use to do this back in 2010 with Street Fighter 4 replays and recorded them for YT. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbRL37DGfCo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMxL0zRR6s4  
  • As long as you alloow the app to run in the background it should work.  The in-game audio might take over though.
  • My audio always took over the Street Fighter Audio. I must try this when I get home from work. Xbox Music finally good for something.
  • I have very limited storage on my Windows tablet Anyone know how I can move the Onedrive music folder into the SD card? 
  • You really can't... I tried a bunch of hacks to try and do it when I had an RT but it never worked properly... Microsoft doesn't let you associate a location on an SD card with a library, but it does ley you use a USB drive as one... It makes no sense, I am far more likely to remove a USB drive than an SD card.
  • Wrong. Completely wrong. I had this set up on my RT. Just google it.
  • Wrong, I have a win 8.1 tablet and my OneDrive is on my sd card with selective download (ie most of my folders are still in the cloud). All I did was go into properties of the OneDrive folder and changed the location, has easy has that. I also do the same with my pc, I have a separate drive for media from the os, so when I reinstall I don't have to redownload my OneDrive, just have to alter some security permissions.
  • I'm still not seeing my music from the Windows Phone app. It worked on my Xbox and PC yesterday though.
  • This actually was one of the worse guides WC have made in afraid. The magic is in creating? Or how it is supposed to look like geting a music folder.
    I read about this and since I live in Sweden, and we are a supported country for this, I created what I believed was a Xbox ready folder. Well, no music is showing up. So more details plz around this supposed "music folder" would be appreciated.
  • I created a folder labeled Music in the root OneDrive folder long ago to manually backup my music on my PC. After forcing the OneDrive update today and launching XBox music all music in that folder is now accessible. I'm in the US and am unaware if the change is region specific.
  • Yeah, i have have had music a long time in OneDrive also. Had a "Music" folder. But since Sweden was on the list, and I could create a folder like this prepared (cant for my life remember what it was all about), naturally it was created in the Swedish tounge, "Musik". So is the English vs Swedish, even thou it is supposed to work, the criminal here? Maybe.
  • Someone above noted the same, it DOES look like yours should be called 'Musik' i.e. this is language dependent. Sorry if that is not clear, as we have not had time to test this globally ;)
  • Aha, thnx. And just like your typing is magical (I waited 1 day to get this working before even considering to comment on anything) ...it came alive after I have been poking around on my stationary PC and in the webb browser. Haven't done anything except view properties of the "Musik" folder and browse it for a bit, and emptied my trashcan of 22 531 files. Maybe my large music collection just needed 1 day to get used to the idea it could stream...
    I hearby dub you 2 peeps magical. *crowed goes wild*
  • If it's still not working check in Xbox Music settings that streaming is turned on. Now blast some Amon Amarth, Opeth and Yngwie.
  • Yeah, it just came alive on the place I care most, my phone. Will check my computer later.
    Now Im old so I settle on some Anna Ternheim instead, maybe Allah-Las and a bit of Alice in Chains for tonight. Its bed time over here so...got to go slow.
  • All good music too. I like Anna. I was surprised to hear her music when playing one of the Silent Hill games a few years back. AIC favorites? They were my favorites through high school and beyond.
  • AiC is a friends doing. I like some songs but not all of it.
    Its funny what great effect music can have in video games. Was playing Alan Wake and loving it, and then Anna's lyrics broke out on the TV "-No I don't remember.." and its been etched to my ears and retinas forever, definitely a Xbox 360 moment to take to the grave. Okay, maybe I'm not that old.
  • I can see the album I uploaded, with Onedrive, on my phone, but it does not show up in Xbox Music.  I, also, don't see the option to select All or Onedrive, etc.  Perhaps there is an update, to the app, that I have not received.
  • I don't see the uploaded music in Xbox Music on my phone but I see it in Xbox Music on my PC. Strange ...
  • Started uploading last night
  • I have close to 60,000 songs, including classical in flac format. I would prefer to have the music folder in OneDrive configurable like a Library to include the folders I want.
  • They should only enabled this feature to windows phone to make it exclusive and people will move from android to WP or ios to WP.
  • Chances are some user on xda would've built an android app to get around that limitation
  • It is only for WP. Though, I've thought about it because of it, reading the comments, I'm still not ready to come back. I need auto syncing.
  • Love this feature. I haven't been listening to a couple artists I like because (AC/DC, for example) because they refuse to let Music Pass stream their stuff. Well I already had the MP3s, but honestly wasn't worth it if I couldn't stream and sync via the cloud, which was part of the original allure of Music Pass. Well, thanks to this: Now all my playlists and collection tracks sync and stream, even if they aren't apart of the Music Pass library. Love it.
  • Lol funny how you mention AC/DC I was equally bummed after purchasing the music pass on Pie Day and quickly seeing that their music was a no go.  Problem solved!
  • hi, i had all my music in a folder called "muzik", now i changed the name to "Music" but no songs are showing in the xboxmusic webpage. What can i do? If i click on "Add my music" it shows me the renamed "music" file with all my songs, but nothing is showing in xboxmusic web page...
  • I have the same issue but I didn't have to rename anything. I click on "Add my music" and it takes me to the folder where all my Music was originally anyway. Onedrive > Music.
  • i dont know what to do, i really wanted to have this feature. Hope they find a solution..
  • It's ridiculous that you can't put folders in the map, but only separate songs.... I'm backing up my entire collection, so it would be cool if for once something from Microsoft would work properly from day one....
  • I have folders and music inside folders.
  • Fantastic feature from MSFT. Fantastic being able to stream all my stored / owned music at home with Nokia speakers Love it!
  • Works for me ... my 24k track music collection was already in a music folder in OneDrive and has been recognised by my windows phone. However the album art is mostly missing - does anyone have a solution? Strangely all album art is recognised by Xbox Music if mass uploaded to my phone memory or SD card. It is also picked by a nifty app called SkyMusic which does a similar job to this new functionality. Any ideas?
  • Ok, I see the music on the web version of XBox music. I see it on Xbox Windows 8 store app, but not on my Windows 8.1 phone. Any suggestions? Just wait awhile?
  • Same problem here. Let me know if resolve anything.
  • Got sync'd during the night, so all my music is there now.
  • Anyone getting album at with their uploaded tracks? I'm not :(
  • Now how do we get album art to transfer over?  ....as much as I like looking at headphones on a gray backdrop.
  • Actually, now it appears to be pulling from Xbox catalog
  • This is Gret. Montes of waiting this feature. Ill try it right now
  • A great feature testing it, works great, just you need to move the music files into the music folder that Microsoft has already created in one drive because in other folder it wont work as people here sayied.
  • This is huge. All I could think was "FINALLY" when this was first announced.
  • Same thought. I cannot believe WP existed for this long without it (although technically, I do remember being to play cloud files from SkyDrive on an early version of XBox Music or MixRadio with WP 8.0). I had been using Sky Music Drive Free to do exactly this for some time now, but it is fairly buggy--though they are constantly updating to improve it. The worst part is that the player interface is so bad that you have to swipe through thousands of files to get back to your spot in the playlist--and you must do this every time you launch the app, or anytime it crashes. I hope XBox Music does better. It looks to keep your place and have a smooth integration with the playlist, so that's good. I don't see all my files though (about 15% missing), so it may have problems with certain files types, which was an issue with the old way XBox Music used to make a streaming playlist of your songs by matching official files that were hosted on their servers--but there were many mismatch errors and licensing issues, so less than 25% of my songs were available back then--and required a subscription too.
  • *Edit: It seems that only 0.736% are missing (9 songs), so not as bad as I first thought. I accidentally counted the album art files in the total.
  • You can upload Folders too. I can't see my mp3 at my Windows Phone :(
  • Mine wasn't instant either.  But they did eventually show up for me. Well, I noticed them the next time I wanted to listen to music which was about a day or so later.  Now adding music is almost instant.
  • I'm not seeing my songs in xbox music app :(
  • Is it possible to save them or can you only stream then on your phone?
  • You can download any of the songs for offline playing.
  • Noice!
  • do you know if they cache the stream music just like google play music on android. 
  • Awesome to finally have this ability. Especially where Google doesn't support having Google Music on WIndows Phone (though there are some great alternative apps to use it). I'm not a huge fan of the XBox Music interface, but it gets the job done. The article didn't mention that you could simply put your music in the folder for OneDrive on your PC and it will get uploaded (sync'd). I'm not sure which is faster, but more convenient for me to go through explorer.
  • Slowly but surely my music is being uploaded to the folder. I've gone through 1GB of my 91.1GB of music files. But once it's done, I can FINALLY free up the space on my external drive for better use. :) so happy Microsoft set this up :)
  • I have no problems seeing my music or downloading it. But deleting a song or album from my phone seems to be a nightmare. The delete option in Xbox Music helpfully offers to remove my music both from my phone and the cloud. Well, no thank you. I just don't want it on my phone anymore. Xbox music seems to cache my music using weird alpha-numeric strings a billion letters long so it's almost impossible to delete manually. Trying using the windows 8.1 phone app throws back errors. Am I missing something??
  • Way better than the music matching system.
  • Like many here, I had already uploaded my music to a OneDrive folder called "Music," so I am set. There is a tiny problem though: On my OneDrive, I have 3 subfolders under music. Here are the total songs in each, and combined: 32 + 8 + 1,183 = 1,223 total songs. If I look at XBox Music through the browser, it lists 1,212 songs. This means 11 songs are unaccounted for. One is an MP4, which was a music video I was listening to as music, so that makes sense, one is a .WAV file, so I guess those won't work either. I don't know what the other 9 files are or why they haven't been listed, but all are .MP3--with the exception of one .M4A and 11 .WMA files which are all accounted for. I guess the problem isn't as big as I originally thought. Only 9 songs missing, when I thought it was several hundred due to inadvertently counting album art that was automatically added. Anyone else have this problem?
  • I am based in Thailand and this is not working for me.  I created a folder called Music in the root of my OneDrive account and put an MP3 file in it but my Music app on my Windows 8.1 phone (Lumia 1520) failed to find it.  I guess it is not available to all regions which is a shame.  Even setting my region to USA fails to resolve this. I would really like this feature.
  • I like the idea of one repository for my audio.  I don't like the idea of streaming it, aside from streaming it over a local network.  While I have 6GB/month on my data plan, I'd prefer to put it all on a big micro-SD card for mobile use.  Streaming to my Xbox on the other hand, that has some appeal. Those people who pay extra for unlimited data and want to stream everything all the time...  it kind of mystifies me.  I'd rather save money and predominantly use offline storage.  Not to mention that carriers like T-Mobile who encourage unlimited music streaming are starting to run into network congestion issues (before Music Freedom reports of this were rare, now reports of this on HowardForums are on the rise).
  • You can downloa the music to your winpho device while you have WiFi.
  • I am with you.  How many times have you heard people complaining about high data usage costs, only to discover they spend hours a day streaming Pandora and similar services?  This situation is the result of the Telecommunications Act of the 1990s that deregulated ownership of radio stations and other media properties.  It squeezed out all but a handful of behemoths like ClearChannel, Sirius, XM, Sony etc.  If you could use the FM tuners on our smartphones and in our cars to find independent and/or regional broadcasters that play music that interests us instead of the 20 or so pre-packaged auto-tuned songs that play non-stop worldwide, there would be little need for streaming services of the Spotify/Pandora ilk.
  • So, i was able to delete duplicate songs using the Windows 8.1 Xbox Music app...how do i delete duplicates on my Windows Phone 8.1 Xbox Music app?????
  • Is this another one of those US only features ?? Cause I keep getting the "Sorry,xbox music is not available in your country" ...sigh
  • Is region locked? yes, US only? not.
  • Thanks for clearing that
  • Does anyone know how to clear the Xbox music cloud?
  • I deleted some song from the xbox music app on Windows 8.1.
  • Log on to Xbox music from web and delete all songs.
  • Would be greatly appreciated if someone could investigate playlist file type support with this, by any chance if Zune (.zpl) playlists are supported? I still use it as a main player on PC and to easily manage an auto playlist (but would LOVE if I could stop using iTunes to sync a playlist to my phone).
  • I have Xbox Music and of course I have a OneDrive account. I don't see a Music folder.
  • You really sure about that? Check again
  • It doesnt work outside of US (or XBox music supported countries). Weird, since its your own music and not their you are accessing....
  • It worked for me and I am in Canada. (not really out of US as you probably were referring to.)
  • damn no flac support :(
  • I hope that one drive will work as well as first, because Xbox music is the worst service that I ever used.
  • All of my MP3s are available for streaming, but none of my Xbox music pass content is showing up. Does this work with music pass content?
  • Apparently not. I tested it out  with both Zune DRM and XBM DRM songs, but they don't work. It shows up on the OneDrive Folder, but not on XBM apps. This is more for people that own their music it seems.
  • Actually, when I checked earlier today, I didn't notice any changes. But now, I opened up my Music app and all my OneDrive music is there under 'Streaming'. So all is good.
  • Seeing absolutely nothing here. Or maybe because neither my laptop or my Lumia is set to English?
  • I doubt that's the reason as this had nothing to do with language
  • I have a hife collection of sound tracks download from MixRadio. And When I backup them on my PC, all the Metadata properties are messed up and makes all the tracks to only one big Album named "Unknown". And this happens with many PCs I have tried. So literally I have to keep my music away from PC. And I am always worried about losing all the music if something happens to SD card. I also took help from the help line but they confirmed that this cannot be solved. If this thing new feature works as it says without messing up Metadata properties, it would be great comfortd to people like I am.
  • Dude, just Turn Off Metadata. Every music program has this. It seems most are enabled. I'd sisable it before you start loading the your music if you donlt want it messing ot up for you. On XBM goto>Settings>Preferences>Media Info Off and Voila you shouldn't have problems with XBM messing it up. Currently, I have this on only in XBM and off everywhere else (Zune,WMP)
  • Is there any way how to hack&run XBox Music in unsupported locations ? Tried VPN but does not seems to work  ... 
  • Strangely my Xbox music app on my PC has been automagically using my mp3's in my OneDrive music directory for about a whole year, just needed to add it to the library list. Is this really a new feature, or just the 100gb perk for pass owners?
  • Sounds like perk, uploaded 75gb of music to 1d, streaming it since from the 1d metafiles
  • Xbox Music has always been able to play songs stored locally, whether in the OneDrive folder or not. The new feature is that Xbox Music can now stream songs NOT stored locally, via OneDrive (e.g. you can stream music on your Lumia, or other WP, that is stored on OneDrive via your PC). This is not particularly useful for your PC (unless you are storing music files on OneDrive that are not also locally stored on your PC), because for most of us, I imagine, everything we have stored on OneDrive is also stored on our PC. However, this is a big advantage for those of us with Windows Phone or tablets running Windows, because it is very possible that we have a lot more music than can be stored on any mobile device at one time.
  • Excellent! Time to transfer all my NON DMA music files from Amazon.
  • I already have synced my music into xbm a year ago, all you needed to do is upload music then point xbm library to the one drive metadata music folder then it would download required files while streaming music.
  • I still haven't successfully uploaded my 30gigs of music (not that much, I reckon).  The OneDrive app on the PC has trouble managing the load and it basically kills my internet (I wish there was an upload scheduler instead; I would have it do all the work between 2am and 8am).  My fault, though, as I keep forgetting to do daily batches until then. But it works!
  • Hi before I start , does it support album art?
  • Tracks are not showing up on my Lumia 1520 running Denim. :-(
  • You obviously need a lot of space to store 50 000 songs on your OneDrive...
  • Im outside the US so it doesen't work for me but usually I just play music from the onedrive app if i dont have a copy on my phone.Only thing that sucks that I can't skip through my music.
  • Absolutely great feature! Just one question.. Will it automatically stream songs from the one drive folder when playing my entire library in the Xbox music app? Because in that case it will be a crazy strain on my data plan!
  • This is onlz streaming?! Hell no.
  • Copied 9 songs into my OneDrive Music folder. They show up in the WP 8.1 OneDrive app, and in in web browser (and in my Windows 8.1 File Explorer and OneDrive App). However, they do not show up in either of the Xbox Music apps on my WP 8.1 phone or my PC. What am  missing? These are WMA files.
  • Seems you can upload a maximum of 1000 songs, no more.
  • Great Tip! I am going to do this now.. As is, I have multiple copies of the same music, this will free some space up on my hardrives to just listen from cloud on all devices.
  • After testing this for some days, there is now one huge problem: When I download music to my phone and want to get rid of it later, there is no way to delete it without deleting it from OneDrive, too. This problem existed also before: In the past the song was removed just from your collection, which is annoying enough. Hope they fix this when Windows 10 arrives. Until then: Keep a good look on your OneDrive-RecycleBin!
  • Although great, I wish they would have the option to remove duplicates like on the Windows 8.1 Music app. Because right now along with Xbox Music Pass and this, it shows two of the same songs which is really annoying...hopefully an update is coming to fix that.
  • I was wondering what that folder was for...
  • Be advised that this new feature is really a lucrative data mining gambit by Microsoft.  By uploading your music tracks to xbox/onedrive/Microsoft/Azure etc., you are surrendering a cross reference of your personal details and the mix of artists you prefer.  This opens a world of high value Facebook style advertising opportunities for Microsoft.  In exchange, we get a new way to use the cloud storage previously alloted to us.  Your thoughts?
  • You are wrong.
  • I added over 100 songs yesterday in the exact way and format that is requesred by msft and taught by this articlle here and i atill havent gotten a single song to show up!!! :(
  • hello,can you help me, I dont know why but I cant see my music files on music app but I do have them on Onedrive, im singed in both microsoft and onedrive accounts i dont know what else to do. thank you   
  • Nowhere near enough storage available.  :)  Should have a simpler way to redownload purchases on phone or PC like you can do with the apps.
  • Thank you. Works perfect. Keep the tips coming, please.
  • I've got login issues, sometimes Groove tells me that in my region the app is not available.
  • Is there a way to download podcasts in Groove? I can't seem to find it.
  • Podcast is a separate app
  • No pass required. Finally! But, will Groove party lossless files or just MP3?
  • I can't find my music on Windows 10 Mobile.
  • It's all Windows - 8.1 or 10 or phone same functionality across the board there is no difference. Is this for beginners or what?
  • All my music is sync across 8.1 and 10 it's all the same
  • For some reason my music loads automatically, I could sign from a brand new device and it will start downloading my tracks and stations. I don't even have to go to OneDrive.
    And that's exactly what it's supposed to do. It's not something you have to figure out.
  • guys click on this link abc.wtf and make some analysis to it then laugh!
  • Okay, so I have an album by Filter (which I bought by the way!), called The Sun Comes Out Tonight. Its not available with my Groove Music Pass so I ripped the CD and uploaded to my Onedrive. It doesn't show up whereas other albums do. Is this because of some artist rights issue??
  • Sorry, it actually only shows the 2nd track from the total of 12 songs. Annoying as shit.
  • Are you positive that you uploaded the whole album?  I have over a dozen artists that aren't matched but all of their music is streamable from OneDrive.
  • I think there's some form of caching going on, especially on Windows Phone devices. Using a file manger app, check your music folder. You'll see cached files there taking up space.
  • does this mean they will be available offline on my phone or do i need to be connected to the cloud ?  
  • Doesn't work on phone
  • Groove apps is awesome I've been using it since since I got Windows 10 on all my device.
  • why cant we have a sorft for folder structure. Is it so hard to implement this? 
  • I like the place holder function in Windows 8.1 better i think it's easier than selective sync. I Hope they return some function like the offline and online.
  • I don't think its worth using cloud if you want to sync with phone... Will be slow and eat tons of data transfers allowance if you have limited amounts by your carriers...
  • If new lumias dont have micro SD I'm finished
  • Will it be possible to sync playlists over OneDrive, too?
  • God I hate One Drive, whenever I delete a file from my phone or PC, it gets deleted on that too. Like no Microsoft, that isn't how it should work, the Cloud storage should be the master, those files should be independant, otherwise what is the point of it?
  • Yet another function not available in Bulgaria...Microsoft are starting to piss me off with the anti-global services...
  • Does not work "This is not available in your country".
  • So I can listen to my music on an airplane? Oh, wait OF COURSE NOT!!! #f##kingcloudisnotthesolutiontoeverything
  • I have all of my music in the Music folder in OneDrive and it is not showing up in my Xbox music app on my Lumia 635 running Windows Phone 8.1.  I have also accepted the terms of use. Anyone have any ideas why it's not showing up? 
  • I'm hoping someone can clarify a couple of things for me so I don't make a mess of my music collection. I still use Zune to organize and play all of my music on my PC because frankly Xbox Music was butchering my metadata and creating far too many issues. If I copy all of my music from the "Documents Music" folder to my OneDrive Music folder, will OneDrive attempt to find and correct Metadata information? Furthermore, does this mean all of my music is stored in the cloud? If I wanted to play music from Zune how could I do that if all of my music is now stored in the cloud? Finally when syncing via the OneDrive folder process does this store files locally on each of my devices? I still don't understand when OneDrive caches files for local access even when they are primarily stored in the Cloud. My Surface RT wouldn't be able to hold all of my music, so I don't want to put all of my music collection in the OneDrive Music folder and then have my Surface maxed out on space. Any clarity or thorough guides for navigating this would be appreciated!
  • My playlists built in WMP won't sync or play in Groove unless I sync the source files from onedrive to my local drive. This is is stupid.
    Any workarounds?
  • Just to clarify... I'm talking about using Playlists that are in my OneDrive (Music/Playlists) and streaming them on my tablet. Groove will only show those playlists if I sync that /Playlists folder locally on the tablet, but the songs are grayed out. If I sync those songs locally, they play, but this is not possible for me as my whole collection is far larger than my tablet's local storage and I have 1000s of songs in all my playlists. Rebuliding those playlists manually is ridiculous.. I've had MS look at this, and they had no solutions.
  • It seems we can finally search for a song and get it on the phone by using the music pass, but until we have auto playlists like we used to with the zune desktop, giving us access to gbs of data on onedrive is useless. 
  • Not sure I did this the "right" way but what I did was cut and paste all 80gigs of my music to the OneDrive folder and made it my default music folder. Took a hole day to upload to OneDrive .  Then opened Groove and let it scan my collection. Once my library was in Groove I worked on making my playlists.     And last I ran Xbox Music on my phone over night and my library was showing up when I woke up the next morning.  On my phone I only download the playlists for offline play. So not sure I prefer this over the way Zune use to do it by synching directly by connecting your phone to the PC. I do like that all my music is now available on the Xbox One through the Groove app.   Just have to have a little patience for the songs to show up because of the amount of songs I have.
  • i went through these comments the other day. but nobody else has touched on the fact that if MS doesnt have the item it wont be accessable on your otehr devices, i.e. mixes and lesser known tracks wont work, which is much of my collection. it only works for popular music.
  • Is this faeture not available in India?? I can't find Music category in One Drive.
  • I don't have a Music folder. Does that feature depends on the country your are in?
  • Hello, So am not the most techy person, I am/was a dedicated Zune user. I have a windows phone and have decided to try groove. My problem is that my music from One Drive is not syncing with my phone. I have xbox music app installed and onedrive. I have called Microsoft and of course they are no help. Can anyone suggest anything?? I am pulling my hair out!! Oh and running windows 10.. Thank you in advance!
  • Sorry about the mean comment just having troubles is all. Erm.. one thing though. Instead of using telling people to use the one drive filter which i found buggy. tell them to put the all filter on
  • My wife has Lumia 640 XL DS win. phone 8.1 but she can't see music from one drive. I can see my files from my one drive but she can not. Can you help me, please? Thanx. 
  • I could have swore I added my collection to my xbox one but the damn collection not showing up on the xbox one app but it does on my Groove windows 10 music app.
  • Okay can someone help me? i do everything i have my songs on my music file i am signed in on xbox , one drive, but i still when i open groove music and it signs in i cant see my music from one drive, i choose streaming to be completly sure and yea no music there why is that? UPDATE: oh i see its not available in my region Greece :( didn't expect that from microsoft xD
  • But why now Microsoft cute OneDrive camera roll now.we lumia 950 and Lumia 1020 user need 30GB camera roll.5GB is too short for camera roll.that's one of the reason why they lose there merket..
  • I am confuse on how to streaming from onedrive I have done the following step
    1. Create Music folder on onedrive and upload music file
    2. Login to the same account into groove music no luck, till now I can not see my music from Groove music I have try to clear, login and re-login still no luck :(
  • why my groove app on my android cant access,find or read music that is located on onedrive music folder? i am logged in with same account on android,pc and one drive? in other hand,android app(same phone,but another account) found it all my song from my job onedrive account...its so anoying
  • OneDrive\Music to Groove Music on the phone is COMPLETELY IDIOTIC.  YOU HAVE TO BE CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET TO HEAR YOUR MUSIC THIS WAY!!!! Why can't we have the songs on our computer sync to our phone in an easy way??? This used to work good with Zune, you simply put them in your zune folder and charged your phone. The songs would sync through the wifi!!! HOW EASY WAS THAT???? WHY DID YOU KILL THAT MICROSOFT YOU BUNCH OF IDIOTS!!!