Is a new Microsoft Xbox Music Locker in the works?
Microsoft has done a fairly decent job with its Xbox Music service, giving us a subscription-based solution that draws the line between Spotify and iTunes in a way. It may not be the best service when it comes to making every title available to you as part of your subscription, and even though it does have a music-matching option, it still doesn’t compete with services like Amazon or Google Music in that you can upload your own music to these services and play them everywhere.
New rumors have Microsoft working on a new music locker service that plans to use OneDrive as its locker solution. According to some information found within Microsoft’s current services, you’ll be able to upload your personal songs to the OneDrive folder, and them stream them across your various devices. The leaked information states:
“Meet your OneDrive Music folder. Upload your music files to this folder, so that you can play them via Xbox Music from any of your devices. You can also add files to this folder using the OneDrive app for your computer.”
It’s hard to tell if this new feature will be available at the official launch of Windows Phone 8.1, and we also don’t know if this will be available across platforms in order to drive a bigger customer base to Xbox Music and OneDrive. Hopefully that is the case, as both services could use some extra exposure.