Xbox Music Adds OneDrive Support – Upload Your Music Collection!


Microsoft have implemented the ability for audio enthusiasts to upload their own music collections to the Xbox Music app, via OneDrive. The feature has been heavily requested ever since the service launched.

This option will be available to Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners, as well as Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 users via the dedicated app, and it can also be accessed through a browser on the Xbox Music website. For those who are concerned about trying to squeeze the huge size of their music collection into their limited OneDrive storage space, Microsoft are offering an additional 100GB storage for OneDrive for anyone who subscribes to the Xbox Music Pass, which currently costs $99.90 for 12 months access to the Xbox Music library.

As an Xbox One and Xbox 360 owner, I feel that this announcement is probably going to have a bigger effect on the newest of the two consoles, considering that the Xbox One did not ship with a simple way to implement custom music libraries, unlike the Xbox 360. Now don’t get me wrong, I like this new OneDrive feature as so many of us have been waiting for it for a long time, but I am still finding frustrations with the service.

Firstly, even with a fairly average upload speed, adding my entire collection to OneDrive will take time, and that’s assuming that I have enough space in my account to include the whole thing. Paying $99.90 extra for some more space for a service that I currently do not want, is not an option I am willing to take. However, Microsoft are normally very generous with their storage sizes within OneDrive and a quick Google search will provide multiple solutions in order to improve the capacity.

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The biggest issue for me as a gamer, and a view which is shared by many others, is the lack of an option for allowing background music on the Xbox One console. The Xbox Music app is forced to sit within the snap window, whilst offering no visual advantage but still forcing me to play my game on a smaller sized screen. From day one, the Xbox 360 was built to provide background music, and no matter what additions Microsoft make to their Xbox Music app, I have no inclination to buy into their (admittedly very impressive) subscription service, or take advantage of their OneDrive capabilities. I would much rather forego listening to music in favor of a full-screen gaming experience. I can only hope that Microsoft are working on implementing this into their updates soon, which should encourage many more gamers to take advantage of the Xbox Music service.

Are you excited to implement your music collection via OneDrive, or frustrated that restrictions are still placed on the service for Xbox One owners? Let me know in the comments.

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