Windows users can play music from OneDrive for free
Xbox Music now offers free music streaming from OneDrive
Microsoft today launched OneDrive Music Locker service allowing Windows users* (on PCs, tablets, phones, Xbox One consoles) to upload personal MP3, AAC, and WMA music files to the Microsoft Cloud and then play them on a supported device for free.
Up to 50,000 tracks can be uploaded to the ‘Music’ folder in OneDrive so they automatically show up in the user’s collection on the Web and in the Music Apps for Windows Phone 8.1, Windows 8.1 and Xbox One.
Other platforms (iOS, OSX, Android, etc.) are not supported even if users are subscribers to Xbox Music Pass. Paying Windows users, on the other hand, will get an additional 100GB storage on OneDrive for their music files.
To play your music on a Windows or Xbox device you need to:
- Open OneDrive on the Web or through the app
- Upload MP3 from a Hard drive to OneDrive’s Music Folder
- Sign into Xbox One app on a Windows or Xbox device and your music will be listed and free to play.
You can listen songs online from the website https://music.xbox.com/ or from the Xbox Music app for Windows Phone, Windows and Xbox One.
*For now, the special Windows Cloud service is limited to the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Source: Xbox Music