Microsoft music streaming code discovered
Microsoft might be expanding its Xbox Music service to include streaming via its SkyDrive cloud
Microsoft may be planning a music streaming service via its SkyDrive cloud platform, according to reports.
Allegedly some code referring to a ‘Music Player’ discovered in SkyDrive HTML source strongly hints at this capability emerging shortly in some form or other.
It’s also notable that some control buttons from a possible interface have leaked, apparently originating from an internal testing build, though the authenticity can’t be verified.
It’s not clear whether this will be a new feature added to Xbox Music which would leverage SkyDrive’s storage capability.
Some reports have sensibly suggested Microsoft might be planning to offer functionality competing with Apple’s iTunes match, allowing users to sync their paid music collections to the cloud and then stream them down to other devices.
According to a report from Techradar: ‘Microsoft has already confirmed that Xbox Music will soon offer cloud storage that lets users add songs that they own from elsewhere that aren't available in the Xbox Music catalogue; hopefully this is all part and parcel of the same thing.’
Microsoft’s Xbox Music service is already a very compelling competitor in the space, so adding this extra functionality to compete with rivals would be a smart move.