Windows Phone “Mango” supports music streaming from SkyDrive?

By LiveSide | In Mobile, News | Posted May 25, 2011 44 comments

Earlier today we revealed that a new SkyDrive is coming which will bring Photos and Office documents together in a new HTML5-based user interface. In case you missed it, here’s a screenshot of it in action:

Windows Live SkyDrive Wave 5

With the new Windows Phone "Mango" release, we will also see improved SkyDrive support which allows not only Photos and OneNote sync as in the current Windows Phone 7, but also support for Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. We also noticed that PDF sync will also be supported in the Office hub, and Windows Phone will automatically open it up in the Adobe Reader app (if not available, you will be prompted to install the app) (thanks My Microsoft Life for the photo):

PDF Support

What makes it more interesting is that when Derek Snyder, Executive Communications Manager for Windows Phone, demonstrated SkyDrive support in a video from Pocketnow.com, he (accidently) accessed one of the SkyDrive folders with a music file inside. Here’s what he said:

With SkyDrive … we have the ability to help you find applications [to open specific file types] … So there we have music that’s came in, and I mean all that stuff is available.

Music on SkyDrive

We’re not exactly sure whether these music files stored on SkyDrive can be directly played back on the phone, however there’s definitely that possibility (although accessing music from the "Office hub" sounds a bit weird).

One of the missing gaps with SkyDrive currently is the inability to playback or stream music and video files directly from the cloud. Microsoft had been ahead of the crowd with their Zune Pass cloud-based music subscription service, however this does not support storage of personal music collections on the cloud, nor is it available worldwide (besides US, UK, France, Italy and Spain), and their competitors had been catching up. Amazon and Google has recently launched Amazon Cloud Player and Google Music Beta respectively, and Apple is rumored to have signed deals with music labels for their upcoming iTunes cloud music service too. We’ve heard rumors of a "Windows Live Zune" before, and Microsoft definitely have the ability to enhance and reform their cloud music offerings. It’ll be interesting to see how it plays out in this space.

Posted May 25th, 2011 at 6:00 am
  • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

    Think you might need to update your article.
    Zune Pass is available outside the US, in 4 other countries: UK, France, Italy, Spain.
    The US are the only country who get the 10 free songs to keep per month though.
    But sadly Zune Pass is not avilable where I live in Australia.

    • damaster

      Thanks! Updated the post.

  • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

    Think you might need to update your article.
    Zune Pass is available outside the US, in 4 other countries: UK, France, Italy, Spain.
    The US are the only country who get the 10 free songs to keep per month though.
    But sadly Zune Pass is not avilable where I live in Australia.

    • Damaster – LiveSide.net

      Thanks! Updated the post.

  • MichaelGillett

    Ummm, Zune Pass is available outside of the US. Thanks for the link to MML :)

  • Anonymous

    Ummm, Zune Pass is available outside of the US. Thanks for the link to MML :)

  • calumcookable

    It’s all finally coming together. Three screens and a cloud :D

    • http://www.about.me/AngeloGopaul Eingoluq

      Yep. though I always believed that it should be 4 screens and the cloud. with your car dashboard being the fourth. I also considered watches but that can be considered as a mobile screen.

      • http://www.flavors.me/fludlyt Fludlyt

        I agree, they do in a way have a fourth screen being the car dashboard with their Windows Embedded Automotive platform and Ford Sync.

        • http://www.about.me/AngeloGopaul Eingoluq

          Its to bad they dont see it that way. Also that technology only comes stock with new cars. For a person like me wanting to get into tuning, it will be great to pickup a Pioneer deck with zune pass and a metro interface with live tiles.

          • http://www.flavors.me/fludlyt Fludlyt

            That is a very good idea. I can imagine picking up a Pioneer deck with a Zune subscription. They have good services and it seems they are beginning to move in the right direction but they still need these kind of ideas to really promote them such as yours for Zune.

  • Anonymous

    It’s all finally coming together. Three screens and a cloud :D

    • http://unhub.com/eingoluq Eingoluq

      Yep. though I always believed that it should be 4 screens and the cloud. with your car dashboard being the forth. I also considered watches but that can be considered as a mobile screen. 

      • http://www.flavors.me/fludlyt Fludlyt

        I agree, they do in a way have a fourth screen being the car dashboard with their Windows Embedded Automotive platform and Ford Sync.

        • http://unhub.com/eingoluq Eingoluq

          Its to bad they dont see it that way. Also that technology only comes stock with new cars. For a person like me wanting to get into tuning, it will be great to pickup a Pioneer deck with zune pass and a metro interface with live tiles.

          • http://www.flavors.me/fludlyt Fludlyt

            That is a very good idea. I can imagine picking up a Pioneer deck with a Zune subscription. They have good services and it seems they are beginning to move in the right direction but they still need these kind of ideas to really promote them such as yours for Zune.

  • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

    One more bit of clarification – the presenter in the Pocketnow.com video is Derek Snyder (I think that’s his name) and not MS Mobile Communications President Andy Lees, but interesting times for SkyDrive!  At the launch of Amazon Cloud Drive, Windows Live guy Mike Torres tweeted to the effect of “stay tuned for SkyDrive” (his tweets have since been protected), hinting at just this kind of “play music from the cloud” capabilities. 

    • damaster

      Thanks Kip. Post updated :)

      Definitely agree there – SkyDrive has a lot of potential. In fact, they were probably one of the first to market. Let’s hope Microsoft brings on the innovation and be able to out-perform their competitors as fast as they did with Windows Phone Mango.

  • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

    One more bit of clarification – the presenter in the Pocketnow.com video is Derek Snyder (I think that’s his name) and not MS Mobile Communications President Andy Lees, but interesting times for SkyDrive!  At the launch of Amazon Cloud Drive, Windows Live guy Mike Torres tweeted to the effect of “stay tuned for SkyDrive” (his tweets have since been protected), hinting at just this kind of “play music from the cloud” capabilities. 

    • Damaster – LiveSide.net

      Thanks Kip. Post updated :)

      Definitely agree there – SkyDrive has a lot of potential. In fact, they were probably one of the first to market. Let’s hope Microsoft brings on the innovation and be able to out-perform their competitors as fast as they did with Windows Phone Mango.

  • #TeamCortana

    Skydrive music streaming: YES!

    Something branded “Windows Live Zune”: NO!

    Leave Zune alone.

    • http://removevirusguide.com/how-to-delete-windows-troubles-solver-rogue-program.html Windows Troubles Solver

      What is SkyDrive? I also do not quite
      understand.

  • Anonymous

    Skydrive music streaming: YES!

    Something branded “Windows Live Zune”: NO!

    Leave Zune alone.

  • Bob

    Here’s a tip for you (one that will make sense if you look at all of the evidence): “Windows Live” is dead.

  • Bob

    Here’s a tip for you (one that will make sense if you look at all of the evidence): “Windows Live” is dead.

  • Zicoz

    I really don’t see much use for this. If you want to play music that’s not available on Zune just copy it to your phone. No buffering, no data cost and it’s fully integrated in your Zune player.

    • damaster

      Yes, of course, but that requires you to sync up with your PC whenever you want to update those music. The advantage of your personal music collection stored on the cloud means that you don’t need to be personally near your PC to do that.

      Also, the storage space on your phone will always be limited. With cloud music streaming, it means it’s possible for your entire music collection to be available anytime, anywhere.

      • Zicoz

        I guess it depends on where you own your music from and how much of it there is then.  But wouldn’t it then be better to integrate some sort of support for Windows Home Server? That way you get “unlimited” storage much cheaper.

        • damaster

          Yep. Also depends on the availability of music on Zune Pass too. Personally, I listen to quite a bit of Chinese/Asian music that’s not available on Zune Pass, so a combination of Zune Pass and personal cloud streaming service would actually be of value to me.

          Yes Windows Phone will be able to stream from Windows Home Server soon – see http://www.liveside.net/2011/01/10/windows-phone-7-comes-to-windows-home-server-codename-vail-and-media-center-set-top-boxes/ for our coverage. But remember, a WHS box may cost quite a bit for some people, compared to SkyDrive which is currently free. The market is definitely out there, otherwise we won’t see Amazon, Google and Apple all jumping on the bandwagon for providing cloud music service.

  • Anonymous

    I really don’t see much use for this. If you want to play music that’s not available on Zune just copy it to your phone. No buffering, no data cost and it’s fully integrated in your Zune player.

    • Damaster – LiveSide.net

      Yes, of course, but that requires you to sync up with your PC whenever you want to update those music. The advantage of your personal music collection stored on the cloud means that you don’t need to be personally near your PC to do that.

      Also, the storage space on your phone will always be limited. With cloud music streaming, it means it’s possible for your entire music collection to be available anytime, anywhere.

      • Anonymous

        I guess it depends on where you own your music from and how much of it there is then.  But wouldn’t it then be better to integrate some sort of support for Windows Home Server? That way you get “unlimited” storage much cheaper.

        • Damaster – LiveSide.net

          Yep. Also depends on the availability of music on Zune Pass too. Personally, I listen to quite a bit of Chinese/Asian music that’s not available on Zune Pass, so a combination of Zune Pass and personal cloud streaming service would actually be of value to me.

          Yes Windows Phone will be able to stream from Windows Home Server soon – see http://www.liveside.net/2011/01/10/windows-phone-7-comes-to-windows-home-server-codename-vail-and-media-center-set-top-boxes/ for our coverage. But remember, a WHS box may cost quite a bit for some people, compared to SkyDrive which is currently free. The market is definitely out there, otherwise we won’t see Amazon, Google and Apple all jumping on the bandwagon for providing cloud music service.

  • http://removevirusguide.com/how-to-get-rid-of-security-protection-scam.html security protection virus

    Windows phone is really interesting ,is it a cellphone?

    • Zicoz

      Not yet, you can’t send SMS and make calls untill WP8.

  • Anonymous

    Windows phone is really interesting ,is it a cellphone?

    • Anonymous

      Not yet, you can’t send SMS and make calls untill WP8.

  • JessieAnderson

    If this is coming it needs to be integrated with the “Zune” experience not as a stand alone area…   I doubt we’ll see it in Mango – it would have been a nice Sable Rattle move ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jessiethe3rd Jessie Anderson

    If this is coming it needs to be integrated with the “Zune” experience not as a stand alone area…   I doubt we’ll see it in Mango – it would have been a nice Sable Rattle move ;)

  • http://profiles.google.com/buckhoe Buck Khoe

    I have some music stored on skydrive and it looks just like the demo image in this article.  A couple of weeks ago I tried to stream it, but no go.

    Key would be a Live Zune Player for organizing your music, a file explorer isn’t good enough. 

    Would I like to stream music, particularly my own collection from Skydrive?  You bet!  If MS can figure out how to do this and still honor DRM, I expect they will do it.

  • http://profiles.google.com/buckhoe Buck Khoe

    I have some music stored on skydrive and it looks just like the demo image in this article.  A couple of weeks ago I tried to stream it, but no go.

    Key would be a Live Zune Player for organizing your music, a file explorer isn’t good enough. 

    Would I like to stream music, particularly my own collection from Skydrive?  You bet!  If MS can figure out how to do this and still honor DRM, I expect they will do it.