Paul Thurrott: Xbox Music will have SkyDrive integration

By damaster | Posted June 7, 2012 20 comments

Xbox Music - Now PlayingMicrosoft recently just announced their Xbox Music service during E3 which will be coming to Xbox 360, Windows 8, and Windows Phone 8 devices. However, whilst this confirms the official killing of the Zune brand, it raises many questions as to how this will be different from the old Zune Music service, and Microsoft’s announcement has been vague regarding this. However, Paul Thurrott from WinSupersite has heard a few extra tidbits about the upcoming Xbox Music service that Microsoft didn’t mention during their announcement, and one of this is SkyDrive integration. Here’s a quote from Paul Thurrott:

[There] are a few more things I do know about, and I suspect much more we’ll learn in the months ahead. But here are a few more tidbits that Microsoft didn’t discuss.

SkyDrive integration.  As I discussed in Windows Phone 8 Preview, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore revealed that the SkyDrive cloud storage service, which now only supports documents and photos explicitly, will be opened up to music as well. “When I browse into the Music experience, my songs are automatically there, I can just click play without ever having to sync,” he said during a leaked video for Microsoft’s Windows Phone partners at Nokia.

The story about comprehensive music support in SkyDrive had been on and off. Back in 2011, we’ve been hearing rumors about SkyDrive supporting music streaming to Windows Phone “Mango” (which didn’t eventuate), and later on we’ve also heard news that a TechEd New Zealand attendee supposedly saw an official SkyDrive app which includes the ability to playback music directly from the folders (and the SkyDrive app was eventually released, but didn’t see music playback support). So could Paul Thurrott be right this time with SkyDrive finally supporting music playback via Xbox Music? Perhaps we might find out more during the unveiling of Windows Phone 8 in two weeks’ time!

Posted June 7th, 2012 at 3:41 am
Category: Featured, News
Tags: SkyDrive, Xbox Music
  • http://twitter.com/efjay01 Ef Jay

    Just quoting a leaked video doesn’t equate to actually revealing new information.

  • efjay

    Just quoting a leaked video doesn’t equate to actually revealing new information.

  • http://twitter.com/Georgesab George Sabourin

    I just hope they work it properly. I sync my music using the SkyDrive desktop now, and because of WMP’s annoying habit of creating hidden albumart/folder.jpg files, when synced via SkyDrive, these files show up on other computers/SkyDrive web as they don’t keep the hidden properties. Very annoying having tons of .jpgs.

    • Damaster – LiveSide.net

      Yes I totally agree with you. Here’s hoping that 1) SkyDrive will have a “Music” folder type (with built-in player on SkyDrive.com), which then 2) the Xbox Music apps on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 will be able to directly access those music and playback them, and 3) potentially also have a “fetch” feature similar to the Photos app, but for music.

      • http://twitter.com/Georgesab George Sabourin

        Yeah, if the apps linked directly to this, I’d be happy. As long as they let you put you’re own music in too and didn’t make it just as storage for Xbox bought music.

        Also, if they do add it, I hope they let you make “Music” folders or even “Picture” folders via the Desktop/Metro apps. As now, when I uploaded all my pictures from the desktop app, they didn’t get classed as picture folders, so they don’t show up in the pictures app of 8.

        • Damaster – LiveSide.net

          You can manually change the folder types on SkyDrive.com. All you have to do is click on the folder, then on the right sidebar expand the “Information” pivot, and under “Folder type” click on “change”, which will allow you to change it to “Photos”. Doing so will make the folder and its contents show up in the Windows 8 Photos app and Pictures hub on Windows Phone.

        • cuz84d

          I’d like to still see the Podcast Library too.

  • http://twitter.com/Georgesab George

    I just hope they work it properly. I sync my music using the SkyDrive desktop now, and because of WMP’s annoying habit of creating hidden albumart/folder.jpg files, when synced via SkyDrive, these files show up on other computers/SkyDrive web as they don’t keep the hidden properties. Very annoying having tons of .jpgs.

    • damaster

      Yes I totally agree with you. Here’s hoping that 1) SkyDrive will have a “Music” folder type (with built-in player on SkyDrive.com), which then 2) the Xbox Music apps on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 will be able to directly access those music and playback them, and 3) potentially also have a “fetch” feature similar to the Photos app, but for music.

      • http://twitter.com/Georgesab George

        Yeah, if the apps linked directly to this, I’d be happy. As long as they let you put you’re own music in too and didn’t make it just as storage for Xbox bought music.

        Also, if they do add it, I hope they let you make “Music” folders or even “Picture” folders via the Desktop/Metro apps. As now, when I uploaded all my pictures from the desktop app, they didn’t get classed as picture folders, so they don’t show up in the pictures app of 8.

        • damaster

          You can manually change the folder types on SkyDrive.com. All you have to do is click on the folder, then on the right sidebar expand the “Information” pivot, and under “Folder type” click on “change”, which will allow you to change it to “Photos”. Doing so will make the folder and its contents show up in the Windows 8 Photos app and Pictures hub on Windows Phone.

        • wizkid

          I’d like to still see the Podcast Library too.

  • Brian

    I still use my Zune daily…I am wondering if it will still sync with my Zune…so far, the existing Zune Player crashes in Windows 8

    • cuz84d

      Zune Desktop player works fine, but you may need to update .net libraries

  • Brian

    I still use my Zune daily…I am wondering if it will still sync with my Zune…so far, the existing Zune Player crashes in Windows 8

    • wizkid

      Zune Desktop player works fine, but you may need to update .net libraries

  • theNewDanger

    All the extra brand naming and the name changes are only continuing the branding confusion. What the hell does XBox have to do with Music that the names should be combined to kill the Zune brand? Why not just do away with naming altogether of a silo’d music source and sell music out of the Marketplace? And take Windows Phone off of the Marketplace naming so that more unity can be brought across Microsoft’s desktop, tablet, and smartphone “ecosystem” in the sale of desktop + mobile applications, music, Nook books, and any other digital wares Microsoft wants to sell in the future. Even Google is looking less bloated in that regard. All these extra naming changes do nothing to simplify what should already be a simple experience. Microsoft continues to contradict itself.

    • JSYOUNG571

      And may we say Amen to your comment. Totally Agree.

  • theNewDanger

    All the extra brand naming and the name changes are only continuing the branding confusion. What the hell does XBox have to do with Music that the names should be combined to kill the Zune brand? Why not just do away with naming altogether of a silo’d music source and sell music out of the Marketplace? And take Windows Phone off of the Marketplace naming so that more unity can be brought across Microsoft’s desktop, tablet, and smartphone “ecosystem” in the sale of desktop + mobile applications, music, Nook books, and any other digital wares Microsoft wants to sell in the future. Even Google is looking less bloated in that regard. All these extra naming changes do nothing to simplify what should already be a simple experience. Microsoft continues to contradict itself.

    • JSYOUNG571

      And may we say Amen to your comment. Totally Agree.