LiveSino has found references in source code on Microsoft’s OneDrive website to a new OneDrive Music folder, which will allow users of Microsoft’s storage service to upload tracks to their OneDrive account, and then access their tunes from Xbox Music.
It seems similar to existing services provided by Amazon, Apple and Google, which allow users to still have access to their hard-to-find music while on the go. Microsoft’s folder could help people enjoy listening to obscure Springsteen bootlegs on their Xbox Music-enabled device without having to devote storage space to those songs.
The OneDrive Music folder would also be a way for Microsoft to allow users to side-step licensing restrictions that prevent the company from providing music by certain bands. Acts including Led Zeppelin and The Beatles are known for keeping their music away from online streaming services, which leaves interested fans in the lurch.
The change would also be a boost to Windows Phone’s attractiveness, since Android and iOS already have similar capabilities.
It’s unclear if or when the new feature will launch, though the presence of those references implies that users could expect to see the new capabilities sooner rather than later.
Update: A Microsoft spokesperson provided GeekWire with the following statement via email: “We’re always working to improve and enhance Xbox Music through new features and services, but have nothing to announce at this time.”