Corp. is planning to add a new feature to improve its Xbox Music
service in the face of streaming rivals like Spotify and Google Play
Music All Access. Details found within Microsoft’s products reportedly
reveal its plans to allow users to play back their own music files from
the cloud, using the company’s OneDrive storage service.
best part of Xbox Music’s new feature? It will be available for free to
anyone who wants to use it. While other services like Spotify offer
similar features, and Google’s All Access offers the exact same, neither
are currently supported on the Microsoft’s gaming consoles, the Xbox
360 and newer Xbox One. The following text files from Microsoft’s Xbox
Music website revealed several details about the upcoming service, first
reported by Neowin:
with a Microsoft account in select regions can add music to OneDrive
and play it on Xbox Music. Connect OneDrive with Xbox Music and play
your personal music files on all your devices. Music you upload to
OneDrive can be streamed from your collection on all your Xbox Music
the music you already own to OneDrive and we'll add it to your Xbox
Music collection. All the songs in your OneDrive Music folder are
automatically added to your Xbox music library. You can play them from
your Windows Phone 8.1, Windows 8.1 PC or tablet, Xbox, or on the web.
feature would let users upload their own audio files to the Xbox Music
the OneDrive, and then play them back on the Xbox, as well as related
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Windows Phone Central says the new feature could replace Xbox Music’s
free Pandora-style radio service, which Microsoft will cancel as of Dec.
1. The site also reported Microsoft automatically creates a Music
folder for OneDrive users who visit aspecific URL, giving them 20 gigabytes of free storage as well, in preparations for the new feature.