Microsoft reported to be prepping Xbox Music locker service
Coming soon to Xbox Music: OneDrive Music Locker for streaming your tunes from the cloud. Right now Xbox Music lets you stream music through the Xbox Music Pass, but that's only the songs that Microsoft has. Listening to your indie punk rock baroque fusion band tracks, however, has so far necessitated storing those tracks on your Windows Phone. That will change with the addition of OneDrive Music Locker, as found in the code for OneDrive.
The spot by LiveSino indicates that the integration between OneDrive and Xbox Music will allow users to upload their own files to their personal OneDrive cloud storage space and then stream them through the Xbox Music app as if they were any other song in the service. And this is said to be compatible with any device that supports Xbox Music. Organization within OneDrive will be straight forward, with a dedicated "Music" folder to keep everything straight.
We don't yet have an estimate for when this OneDrive + Xbox Music integration might happen, but it's an interesting find nonetheless. The cloud music locker solution echoes similar services offered by Google, Apple, and Amazon, though in this case integrating with the wide world of Xbox Music.
Source: LiveSino; Via: The Verge
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Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.
...................XBM is horrible right now, but we can expect it to be awesome in the future... It will be awesome because of the foundation that the WP8.1 XBM app is built on, and MS's goal, and need, to make it awesome...
So, the question isn't whether it will, or will not, become awesome, rather its WHEN will it become awesome... And I have two awnswer for you that you can count on... If they continue with the bi weekly updates and add in, or fix, at least 3 major features, or bugs with each update,, we could have an awesome XBM experience by August... If they continue with adding only one new feature, or fixing one major annoyance, per update, then it could be early 2015 before XBMOWP is nice... So, there you have it....
Keeping in mind that this service, which is listed in UserVoice, will be added in one of those biweekly updates...
you know it's not a final official 8.1 release and they are updating it when 8.1 officially launches... you decided to install a beta, developer, non final or whatever you want to call it version?
then, if you have a nokia, go back and wait for final release... still is like almost 1.5 months from release... so they will keep updating apps especially xbox music to be ready for that day.
well, I must say in my phone xbox music works better than when I installed 8.1 preview so it seems they are doing it.
oh yeah nothing... you are just making crap out of nothing, nobody has said it's paid or free. (and OneDrive is free, and music apps are free too so... I guess we can assume that)
but hey at least it's funny you say "just buy a phone with a storage card and 128 gb blabla"... I mean, look at the price differences of those phones, and the 128gb sd card... and then compare all that to what you would pay for xbox music pass or spotify or whatever other music service you use...
oh right, but sure it makes sense... in your super intelligente brain..... but of course I would rather give my money to Samsung for a new phone, than just paying couple dollars for a music pass. yeah yeah.
So in Xbox Music phone app you can choose between streaming a track from OneDrive or downloading the track via OneDrive to the local music collection already?
Do music files already automatically download to my phone storage when I add it to OneDrive elsewhere?
This functionality isn't available in my phone as far as I'm aware. It only seems to download files locally when you specifically open them, where it loads it on demand and checks for updates. Where am I going wrong?
Also, the article specifically states streaming from OneDrive. Streaming may be suitable to some, but for the majority local storage is the way it should be.
I agree with you.
A sync solution with all our OneDrive connected devices would be headed in the right direction. (Adding some features similar to Zune.)
Streaming music on a mobile can be expensive and unwieldy.
We are not living in the age of homogeneous free wifi. Downloaded music local to the device is the de-facto way to listen to music on a mobile device. People should be able to listen to music while in cars, busses, underground trains, planes (where spotty or non-existent cell coverage is to be expected). People should also be able to listen to music on holiday and not have to worry about roaming charges or whether they can get a spot on the beach within WiFi range. Hopefully these people will not remain forgotten! :)
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Very nice. I wish WP8 would have the features of WP7 and ZUNE too instead of having to use iTunes.
I thought that it synced all your music to the cloud, then you could cache it locally when you play it. I used to use it all the time...
I have Xbox music pass, and I used this before I got it.
I'm pretty sure that wasn't always the case... back when it was still branded under zune, I used this feature to stream a bunch of local bands to my phone which weren't in the marketplace. :/