Microsoft’s Xbox Music now plays music files stored in OneDrive. The software giant recently unveiled a new feature that combines two of its services to create a kind of music locker, which is similar to what Google offers with Play Music and iTunes Match from Apple.
Unlike the rivals, the Microsoft approach is different, instead of scanning your music collection and make your songs available in the cloud, Microsoft will make you upload your collection to a specific Music folder in OneDrive first and then you can make them accessible through the Xbox Music player. So, it’s a two-step process.
Only the music files you upload will be available across devices. If you don’t want a song, simply delete it from the folder.
The drawback is that every song you upload to the Music folder uses valuable space in your OneDrive account, which isn’t a problem if you have an Office 365 subscription as you get unlimited storage space, or if you have an Xbox Music pass, Microsoft will give you an extra 100GB of cloud storage.
The new music locker feature it’s available for Xbox Music subscribers and non-subscribers.
The new feature is available initially in the U.S., Canada, Australia, the UK, and many more countries starting immediately.
You can make use of the feature as long as you have access to Xbox Music in Windows 8.1, Xbox, or the web. However, iOS and Android do not offer the capability just yet.