The Company May Be Looking to Compete with Google With Its Own Online Music Storage
A new report by China's LiveSino website uncovered some news that Xbox may be seeking to go into competition with Google Music in the near future. The company already has Xbox Music -- a streaming music platform, and Drive which is an online storage device. They may now be seeking to combine the two for an online storage platform through cloud.
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The LiveSino website states that references to a OneDrive Music folder in source code files from Microsoft’s cloud-storage site could be preparing for an online storage locker for users. The files describe the new Music folder feature as a way to upload music files to OneDrive that can then be streamed to Xbox Music on various devices the report said.
"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," the report translates.
Amazon and Google both offer music lockers that allow users to store content in the cloud and stream it to different devices. The Xbox Music and Xbox Drive currently are two separate applications that work apart from each other. The new source code that was discovered by the Chinese website could put some insight into Microsoft's plans for the future of Xbox online services.
Microsoft has currently been upgrading its online services with Xbox music over the last several months. It has given users more free range with products by allowing iOS users and Android users to access offline support, along with adding features on its Windows test site as what could be thought of as a precursor to rolling out a full-fledged version of the program at a later date.
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Microsoft is staying quiet on its plans for introducing a new music storage system to the public. A Microsoft spokesperson told CNET in an emailed statement that the company is "always working to improve and enhance Xbox Music through new features and services." The spokesperson added that the company has "nothing to announce at this time."