Exclusive: Microsoft bringing cloud music player to SkyDrive.com

By damaster | Posted December 1, 2012 32 comments

SkyDrive logoRumors about Microsoft bringing a cloud music playing to SkyDrive had been floating around for a long time. Back in May 2011 when Microsoft first announced Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango”, we reported on some indications that “Mango” might support music streaming from SkyDrive (although later denied by Microsoft). Later on during E3 2012, Microsoft announced the Xbox Music service, and speculations of music integration in SkyDrive had surfaced once again, with sightings of music album arts appearing in SkyDrive folders. When Microsoft officially launched Xbox Music in October, the company officially acknowledged that cloud storage is coming next year to the Xbox Music service, however there were no mentions of whether this cloud storage will be based on the SkyDrive platform or not:

Cloud Storage. Available in the coming year, a scan-and-match feature will take you beyond the 30 million tracks globally offered through Xbox Music. It will add all the music you own to your Xbox Music cloud catalog, including music acquired through other services. This means you can add almost any content you have to your personal Xbox Music collection, even if it’s not available in the Xbox Music catalog.

Today, LiveSide was able to exclusively confirm that Microsoft will be bringing a music player feature to SkyDrive.com. We had been digging around some of the codes in the current version of SkyDrive.com, and noticed references related to a SkyDrive music player, as shown below:

SkyDrive Music Player

If that wasn’t enough, we were also able to obtain resource images relating to the music player feature from an internal testing version of SkyDrive.com, currently at version 17 (Wave 6), as shown below:

SkyDrive Music Player

We were unable to confirm whether the SkyDrive music player feature will have any relationship with Xbox Music, however we certainly hope so. SkyDrive’s competitors, including iCloud, Amazon Cloud Player and Google Play Music, has had the ability to allow users to upload their own music onto their cloud storage services, and stream them via the web or onto any other devices. It would be interesting to see how SkyDrive’s music player offering, hopefully highly integrated with Xbox Music, will pan out compared to its competitors next year.

What do you think about this new feature? Would this finally be one of the killer features for SkyDrive and/or Xbox Music? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted December 1st, 2012 at 5:00 am
  • http://twitter.com/surilamin surilamin

    This would be awesome, I would hope they would have some Xbox Music integration. As you mentioned, they pretty much need to do this as their competitors are slowly implementing this too.

  • http://twitter.com/surilamin surilamin

    This would be awesome, I would hope they would have some Xbox Music integration. As you mentioned, they pretty much need to do this as their competitors are slowly implementing this too.

  • Josh602

    I recently uploaded some of my music collection to SkyDrive. It’ll be interesting to see if SkyDrive will treat it differently or change it in some way.

  • http://joshtumath.me.uk/ Josh Tumath

    I recently uploaded some of my music collection to SkyDrive. It’ll be interesting to see if SkyDrive will treat it differently or change it in some way.

  • jkth

    Fantastic, I’ve been waiting for this. I’ll be interested to see if the stuff I have already uploaded using the cloud match feature (cos it works on Win8) shows up there.

  • jkth

    Fantastic, I’ve been waiting for this. I’ll be interested to see if the stuff I have already uploaded using the cloud match feature (cos it works on Win8) shows up there.

  • http://josedmorales.net/ Joe Morales

    Yes please!

  • http://josedmorales.net/ Joe

    Yes please!

  • http://twitter.com/lukkaturi Marco Lechuga

    Nice idea! :)

  • Marco Lechuga

    Nice idea! :)

  • Zicoz

    I don’t think we should connect this with Skydrive, it’s probably an Xbox Music thing similar to the Zune.net player.

    If it really is a Skydrive feature it’s most likely a very basic player to avoid having to open WMC to play back files.

    The Xbox Music match and webplayer should have nothing to do with Skydrive.

    • jkth

      why not?

      • Zicoz

        Because all of the music should be in “Microsofts cloud” (read the Xbox Music servers) not mine, that way we won’t have music spread out “everywhere”.

        Why would you want to fill your Skydrive with music`, and waste all the space, instead of just letting Microsoft take care of it? If you can play your music through a website anyways, why have it in your Skydrive?

        The Zune.net solution, or Rdio for that matter is sooo much better.

        • jkth

          Fair point, I have ~50GB of music stored in SkyDrive so I agree with you.
          It’d be nice if there were an option to say (something like) “move this into the Xbox Music cloud” and not have it count against my SkyDrive quota.

          • Zicoz

            Exactly, if I’m not mistaken that is how the ITunes match service works, if you have music that they don’t have in their database, that music gets uploaded to the “Itunes cloud” and made available from there.

          • jkth

            Sure, that’s kinda how the Xbox Music cloud works too. According to my Music app in Win8 much of my music is now in the Xbox Music Cloud, although there’s no website at which you can actually go and browse it – perhaps that’s what this SkyDrive music player will enable you to do? I certainly hope so.

        • DrSvN

          You can access ALL THE FILES ON YOR PC through skydrive and you can already stream the videos on your pc from anywhere, For this you only need to leave o pc online with skydrive app open, then you just login to your microsoft account and access your files from the webbrowser. In other words, you don’t need to waste the cloud storage with music.

  • Zicoz

    I don’t think we should connect this with Skydrive, it’s probably an Xbox Music thing similar to the Zune.net player.

    If it really is a Skydrive feature it’s most likely a very basic player to avoid having to open WMC to play back files.

    The Xbox Music match and webplayer should have nothing to do with Skydrive.

    • jkth

      why not?

      • Zicoz

        Because all of the music should be in “Microsofts cloud” (read the Xbox Music servers) not mine, that way we won’t have music spread out “everywhere”.

        Why would you want to fill your Skydrive with music`, and waste all the space, instead of just letting Microsoft take care of it? If you can play your music through a website anyways, why have it in your Skydrive?

        The Zune.net solution, or Rdio for that matter is sooo much better.

        • jkth

          Fair point, I have ~50GB of music stored in SkyDrive so I agree with you.
          It’d be nice if there were an option to say (something like) “move this into the Xbox Music cloud” and not have it count against my SkyDrive quota.

          • Zicoz

            Exactly, if I’m not mistaken that is how the ITunes match service works, if you have music that they don’t have in their database, that music gets uploaded to the “Itunes cloud” and made available from there.

          • jkth

            Sure, that’s kinda how the Xbox Music cloud works too. According to my Music app in Win8 much of my music is now in the Xbox Music Cloud, although there’s no website at which you can actually go and browse it – perhaps that’s what this SkyDrive music player will enable you to do? I certainly hope so.

        • DrSvN

          You can access ALL THE FILES ON YOR PC through skydrive and you can already stream the videos on your pc from anywhere, For this you only need to leave o pc online with skydrive app open, then you just login to your microsoft account and access your files from the webbrowser. In other words, you don’t need to waste the cloud storage with music.

  • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

    If this feature is coming, I hope it uses HTML5 technologies. I am sick of using the Silverlight plugin on this old machine of mine. Just use plain HTML Microsoft, not your plugin that is not taking off that much, especially since you don’t support it on Linux.

  • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

    If this feature is coming, I hope it uses HTML5 technologies. I am sick of using the Silverlight plugin on this old machine of mine. Just use plain HTML Microsoft, not your plugin that is not taking off that much, especially since you don’t support it on Linux.

  • http://nitinkhanna.com Nitin Khanna

    Oh good… Finally I’ll be able to use my 25 GB for something other than storing images… :P

  • http://nitinkhanna.com/ Nitin Khanna

    Oh good… Finally I’ll be able to use my 25 GB for something other than storing images… :P

  • http://twitter.com/pierreliefauche Pierre-Élie Fauché

    Jolicloud already has that feature: after connecting your SkyDrive account, you can play your music right in the browser. http://cl.ly/image/1a3X3V273s33

  • http://twitter.com/pierreliefauche Pierre-Élie Fauché

    Jolicloud already has that feature: after connecting your SkyDrive account, you can play your music right in the browser. http://cl.ly/image/1a3X3V273s33

  • tinypocket

    +1 billion

  • tinypocket

    +1 billion