Newly uncovered code in SkyDrive suggests that, as teased by the Redmond company, Microsoft will be adding cloud streaming of personal tunes to their online storage system.
An internal testing version of SkyDrive reveals new media player controls and references to a music player being featured as an internal part of SkyDrive have been uncovered. The leak suggests similar functionality as iTunes Match and Google Music’s Scan and Match, letting you personal library of songs be mimicked in the cloud by Microsoft’s own catalogue where possible, as well as uploading your own tracks.
Microsoft have previously stated that cloud functionality for personal tunes will be coming to Xbox Music:
“Available in the coming year, a scan-and-match feature will take you beyond the 30 million tracks globally offered through Xbox Music. It will add all the music you own to your Xbox Music cloud catalog, including music acquired through other services. This means you can add almost any content you have to your personal Xbox Music collection, even if it’s not available in the Xbox Music catalog” said Microsoft.
It’s still uncertain whether or not the newly unveiled code will be implemented in either SkyDrive or Xbox Music, or even both however. What seems most likely is that over the coming months the two services will be brought closer together, with shared functionality linking the two services.
No word yet on the new cloud feature’s release date, nor which platforms it will eventually land on.
By Gerald Lynch | December 3rd, 2012