Latest Mango build allows music streaming from SkyDrive

There has always been the hope that SkyDrive would one day allow music streaming to Windows Phone devices. It looks this dream may finally come true as developers with Mango can do just that. This feature was discovered by Manan in the recently released Mango build 7712.

The video shows the music streaming in action but the UI does leave a lot to be desired. Because of this, this may not necessarily be a feature, but potentially a loophole in the current setup. Or, this could be a feature that Microsoft is currently holding back, with a proper implementation coming in the near future, complete with an improved UI.

The update released to developers was supposed to be a small refresh. But streaming music from SkyDrive does seem to be a major improvement and new feature to the platform for a small update as Microsoft suggested.

If Microsoft does allow this type of streaming, it will offer the Windows Phone fans one more feature to get excited about. Microsoft will also be able to compete with Google, Amazon and Apple services that offer similar capability.

Mango was recently released to manufacturing and the first official Mango device has been announced by Fujitsu. Mango will bring over 500 new features to the Windows Phone platform and will be released this fall.

 

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wohoo! but i don't know why i'd take the time to upload to skydrive when i could drop the file on my phone instead

jasonon said,
wohoo! but i don't know why i'd take the time to upload to skydrive when i could drop the file on my phone instead
because its the "cloud"

DrScouse said,
Really dont see the point.. isnt that why phones have large amounts of storage??
What you may consider large amount of space isn't the same for me. WP7 devices can't truly expand via MicroSD cards like Android devices, and the devices on the market sport 8, 16 and maybe 32 GB, which to me is not even enough for my music collection, let alone videos. Music is one thing I don't mind storing on the cloud, one less thing to worry about storage wise.

DrScouse said,
Really dont see the point.. isnt that why phones have large amounts of storage??

Most Windows Phones have 8GB with no expandable storage. You can get 16GB variants for some, and the Focus and DVP have removable MicroSD slots... but you're pretty limited for space for music junkies. Even 32GB would be cutting it quite slim for a dedicated music player, let alone a phone with games and apps and photos

tsupersonic said,
What you may consider large amount of space isn't the same for me. WP7 devices can't truly expand via MicroSD cards like Android devices, and the devices on the market sport 8, 16 and maybe 32 GB, which to me is not even enough for my music collection, let alone videos. Music is one thing I don't mind storing on the cloud, one less thing to worry about storage wise.

I have bounced back and forth between the OP and your viewpoint. The best solution that I end up using, is storing the unique music that I have that is not available via Zune Pass on SkyDrive, and then using the Zune features on WP7/ZuneHD/PC/XBox to play songs and artists I like from Zune. This way I have the best of both worlds, and I can Sync what I'm in the mood for to WP7 or my ZuneHD when I know that I will be out and not have network access. (Like driving and knowing I will be out of 3G range.)

DrScouse said,
Really dont see the point.. isnt that why phones have large amounts of storage??

8GB is not a large amount of storage when one wishes to store all of their music on their phone.

tsupersonic said,
What you may consider large amount of space isn't the same for me. WP7 devices can't truly expand via MicroSD cards like Android devices, and the devices on the market sport 8, 16 and maybe 32 GB, which to me is not even enough for my music collection, let alone videos. Music is one thing I don't mind storing on the cloud, one less thing to worry about storage wise.

I agree. I'm hoping Microsoft ups the storage requirement going forward. 32 GB should be a minimum IMO...

tsupersonic said,
What you may consider large amount of space isn't the same for me. WP7 devices can't truly expand via MicroSD cards like Android devices, and the devices on the market sport 8, 16 and maybe 32 GB, which to me is not even enough for my music collection, let alone videos. Music is one thing I don't mind storing on the cloud, one less thing to worry about storage wise.

Personally dont see the need to have to carry around my entire music colleciton everywhere I go... I had a 32gb Ipod years ago, and never had more than 8gb worth of music on it, and probably only listened to about 25% of that! And as for streaming music, Spotify handles that side of things quite nicely....

Each to their own.. I suppose :-)

seebaran said,
Was on board with music streaming but slowing speeds and data caps are a reminder why local storage is best.

Some of us don't have data caps, so it would be beneficial for us to have a music streaming feature that allows us to stream our playlists and music Those who have data caps don't have to use it.

This was available v1...you just had to do it thru a browser...that's the only difference, and actually it still uses the browser to play the music, it's just that there's a shortcut now.

Does leave quite a lot to be desired, but as the article said, this could simply be a hole, a glimpse of what is planned for the future

Sraf said,
Does leave quite a lot to be desired, but as the article said, this could simply be a hole, a glimpse of what is planned for the future

Wait, wasn't there an API for devs to use for accessing a person's skydrive? If so, it would be trivial to make a simple app to streamline this process

Sraf said,

Wait, wasn't there an API for devs to use for accessing a person's skydrive? If so, it would be trivial to make a simple app to streamline this process


Now you've got me thinking...

Sraf said,
Does leave quite a lot to be desired, but as the article said, this could simply be a hole, a glimpse of what is planned for the future
I doubt it's a hole, seems more like something they purposely 'enabled' late in the dev cycle, to be in line with the competition. ie.. all the plumbing is there to build a prettier gui (ISV opportunity) if they want, but "yeah, you can do that on wp7-mango". /2cents

http://windowsphone7reviews.ne...liver-new-skydrive-features

knighthawktfc said,
I doubt it's a hole, seems more like something they purposely 'enabled' late in the dev cycle, to be in line with the competition. ie.. all the plumbing is there to build a prettier gui (ISV opportunity) if they want, but "yeah, you can do that on wp7-mango". /2cents

http://windowsphone7reviews.ne...liver-new-skydrive-features

I didn't mean hole as in a bug, but rather a hole with which to glimpse through to see MS's plans for the future

Sraf said,
Does leave quite a lot to be desired, but as the article said, this could simply be a hole, a glimpse of what is planned for the future

It's not a whole per sé, and neither is it anything specific for Skydrive. It's just IE9 Mango's ability to play any MP3 it opens through the browser, and it just so happens that Skydrive is in the browser . It should work fine opening an MP3 from any website or file sharing / uploading service.

Watching the video again, yes that's exactly what it appears to be, I didn't hear him say IE 9 launched the first time around, I though it was that office 'app'. Thanks for pointing that out.

~Johnny said,

It's not a whole per sé, and neither is it anything specific for Skydrive. It's just IE9 Mango's ability to play any MP3 it opens through the browser, and it just so happens that Skydrive is in the browser . It should work fine opening an MP3 from any website or file sharing / uploading service.

This is just like playing sync'd music from SkyDrive on your PC. Considering the access is in WP7 and IE9 is in WP7, there is no reason it shouldn't work on WP7.

Side Note, I have used SkyDrive to play my music Collection on my Droid going back to when it was released. Which is why when Apple and others have talked about Music streaming from your personal collection silly and more of a marketing con.

You can even use a script that iterates through a playlist and plays content from SkyDrive from any device that has a browser and can play MP3 content inherently.

The nice part of WP7 is that it you can go beyond MP3 and if you have WMA or other audio file formats that WP7 supports (which is a lot), you don't have to convert your music collection.

Sraf said,

Wait, wasn't there an API for devs to use for accessing a person's skydrive? If so, it would be trivial to make a simple app to streamline this process

The only API I know of is Windows Live's APIs and that only allows you to access photos off a user's SkyDrive. Unless there's something else I don't know about... (if there is, I definitely want it! )

JaykeBird said,

The only API I know of is Windows Live's APIs and that only allows you to access photos off a user's SkyDrive. Unless there's something else I don't know about... (if there is, I definitely want it! )

There are SkyDrive access api's they have not been made public yet (see link above), some searching finds many are expecting public\3rdparty access to these api's in the next sdk update.

knighthawktfc said,
I doubt it's a hole, seems more like something they purposely 'enabled' late in the dev cycle, to be in line with the competition. ie.. all the plumbing is there to build a prettier gui (ISV opportunity) if they want, but "yeah, you can do that on wp7-mango". /2cents

http://windowsphone7reviews.ne...liver-new-skydrive-features

They might have built this into the Music hub between the 7712 and 7720 builds too... That's what I'm hoping for. God knows what they did in those builds...

M_Lyons10 said,

They might have built this into the Music hub between the 7712 and 7720 builds too... That's what I'm hoping for. God knows what they did in those builds...

I doubt it, the 7712 build is a release candidate, which means it's feature complete, the remaining builds would just be bug fixes

knighthawktfc said,

There are SkyDrive access api's they have not been made public yet (see link above), some searching finds many are expecting public\3rdparty access to these api's in the next sdk update.

Okay. Well, I'd like an API for my Windows desktop programs, though... and I found one after a bit of searching online...

still1 said,
that is awesome... So 5 gb worth of storage for free.... I wish google make 5 Gb free on google music

This part of Skydrive isn't the 5GB limited part, this is the full 25GB area

Sraf said,

This part of Skydrive isn't the 5GB limited part, this is the full 25GB area


you are right.... They initially offered 5Gb and now its 25 gb...
I haven't used skydrive for a while.

still1 said,

you are right.... They initially offered 5Gb and now its 25 gb...
I haven't used skydrive for a while.

The 5GB is the synced Live Mesh part of skydrive. I dunno why MS doesn't just put it all together in the same pool but I guess they want to keep a cap on people accidentally syncing their whole desktop or something.

GP007 said,

The 5GB is the synced Live Mesh part of skydrive. I dunno why MS doesn't just put it all together in the same pool but I guess they want to keep a cap on people accidentally syncing their whole desktop or something.


They might bring it all into one pool with the next Windows Live updates We'll have to wait and see. I hate it when companies cater for idiot users in a way that disadvantages literate users, so I hope that's not why they didn't bring it all together at first.

still1 said,
that is awesome... So 5 gb worth of storage for free.... I wish google make 5 Gb free on google music

Yeah, that really is a pretty cool feature. I hope they integrate this into the Music hub though...

still1 said,

you are right.... They initially offered 5Gb and now its 25 gb...
I haven't used skydrive for a while.

No, he's saying this connects to the 25GB Windows Live SkyDrive offering. Currently Microsoft has another offering called Windows Live Mesh, it has 5GB storage and it can sync with your computers, the SkyDrive offering has a limit on the file size and isn't as accessible as the Mesh offering yet SkyDrive does in fact have 25GBs of storage.

I'm hoping they merge the two offerings soon with how nice SkyDrive looks in HTML5. I love how video messages get stored there and can be easily played back on the Pictures hub in the latest Mango build.