Rumor: Official SkyDrive app for Windows Phone coming soon – supports music streaming?

By damaster | Posted August 24, 2011 19 comments

It had been an on and off story with music streaming on Windows Phone using SkyDrive. Back in May this year, we first reported that Windows Phone “Mango” might support music streaming from SkyDrive, however later Microsoft outright denied that claim. Later on in July when the Beta 2 Refresh build of Windows Phone “Mango” came out, users discovered that you can in fact playback music files from SkyDrive on the phone, although it’s awkwardly accessed from the Office hub rather than the Music + Videos hub.

It seems like Microsoft has plans to temporarily change that. According to WMPU, a New Zealand TechEd attendee claims that he had seen a demo by Microsoft showing off an official SkyDrive app, which includes the ability to playback music directly from the folders. Nothing else is known, but here we’re hoping that Microsoft provides some sort of integration with the Music + Videos hub with the SkyDrive app, making it a temporary solution to compete with Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player or Apple’s iCloud.

Of course, we hope there are long term plans to bake this directly into Windows Phone itself, such that it provides a seemless cloud syncing experience between Windows Live and Windows Phone. Stay tuned at LiveSide for more news on SkyDrive and Windows Live!

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 7:00 pm
  • http://twitter.com/oakleymandave David Welch

    What I don’t understand is why would you want this get a zune pass and stream all the music you want from the cloud.

    • Damaster – LiveSide.net

      Yup, exactly the reasons “Guest” had posted below. For most users not living in the US and UK, they’ve never heard of Zune Pass. Whereas SkyDrive is available worldwide.

  • http://twitter.com/oakleymandave David Welch

    What I don’t understand is why would you want this get a zune pass and stream all the music you want from the cloud.

    • Damaster – LiveSide.net

      Yup, exactly the reasons “Guest” had posted below. For most users not living in the US and UK, they’ve never heard of Zune Pass. Whereas SkyDrive is available worldwide.

  • David Welch

    What I don’t understand is why would you want this get a zune pass and stream all the music you want from the cloud.

    • damaster

      Yup, exactly the reasons “Guest” had posted below. For most users not living in the US and UK, they’ve never heard of Zune Pass. Whereas SkyDrive is available worldwide.

  • Guest

    Cos not all foreign music is available via the Zune Pass (e.g. Bollywood)

  • Guest

    Cos not all foreign music is available via the Zune Pass (e.g. Bollywood)

  • Guest

    Zune pass is not available worldwide

  • Guest

    Zune pass is not available worldwide

  • Mario Albertico

    I don’t have a data plan that would be friendly for streaming anything from anywhere (Zune, WL, Amazon, Google, w/e), so it’s hard for me to get excited for streaming. However, a SkyDrive app would be awesome if it had Dropbox-like functionality. But with SkyDrive implementation coming to the Office Hub, I kinda doubt it. Though, it would be nice to have the SkyDrive app work as a really nice outside-of-OfficeHub file management app… The app could then feed all of the synced content from the web into the respective hub (kinda how it operates independently now) and serve as a look-at-everything on your SkyDrive interface. Too much to ask? lol, maybe…

  • Mario Albertico

    I don’t have a data plan that would be friendly for streaming anything from anywhere (Zune, WL, Amazon, Google, w/e), so it’s hard for me to get excited for streaming. However, a SkyDrive app would be awesome if it had Dropbox-like functionality. But with SkyDrive implementation coming to the Office Hub, I kinda doubt it. Though, it would be nice to have the SkyDrive app work as a really nice outside-of-OfficeHub file management app… The app could then feed all of the synced content from the web into the respective hub (kinda how it operates independently now) and serve as a look-at-everything on your SkyDrive interface. Too much to ask? lol, maybe…

  • Mario Albertico

    I don’t have a data plan that would be friendly for streaming anything from anywhere (Zune, WL, Amazon, Google, w/e), so it’s hard for me to get excited for streaming. However, a SkyDrive app would be awesome if it had Dropbox-like functionality. But with SkyDrive implementation coming to the Office Hub, I kinda doubt it. Though, it would be nice to have the SkyDrive app work as a really nice outside-of-OfficeHub file management app… The app could then feed all of the synced content from the web into the respective hub (kinda how it operates independently now) and serve as a look-at-everything on your SkyDrive interface. Too much to ask? lol, maybe…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=861135006 Nicholas Thompson

    For me I just think it great that anything I choose to file on Skydrive can be rendered on my WP7. Doesn’t need to be more complicated than that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=861135006 Nicholas Thompson

    For me I just think it great that anything I choose to file on Skydrive can be rendered on my WP7. Doesn’t need to be more complicated than that.

  • NJT

    For me I just think it great that anything I choose to file on Skydrive can be rendered on my WP7. Doesn’t need to be more complicated than that.

  • Nikhil Jain

    MS also developing sykydrive client Windows, iPhone, Mac and Android along with windows phone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nikhilj Nikhil Jain

    MS also developing sykydrive client Windows, iPhone, Mac and Android along with windows phone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nikhilj Nikhil Jain

    MS also developing sykydrive client Windows, iPhone, Mac and Android along with windows phone.