If the source codes in the current version of SkyDrive.com is any indication, then Microsoft is planning to add a web-based music playing feature to SkyDrive.com.
Editors over at LiveSide.net have found out some compelling evidences hidden in the SkyDrive.com page that confirms that Microsoft is actually testing what seems to be a music playing feature for the cloud storage service. While digging around the codes in the page, LiveSide noticed references related to a SkyDrive music player, as shown below:
They were also able to obtain a CSS image sprite that reveals the various UI buttons of the upcoming music player.
We were unable to confirm whether the SkyDrive music player feature will have any relationship with Xbox Music, however we certainly hope so. SkyDrive’s competitors, including iCloud, Amazon Cloud Player and Google Play Music, has had the ability to allow users to upload their own music onto their cloud storage services, and stream them via the web or onto any other devices. It would be interesting to see how SkyDrive’s music player offering, hopefully highly integrated with Xbox Music, will pan out compared to its competitors next year.
Rumors about Microsoft bringing cloud music playing to SkyDrive had been floating around for a long time, but these were systematically denied by the Redmond company.
Later on during E3 2012, Microsoft announced the Xbox Music service, and speculations of music integration in SkyDrive had surfaced once again, with sightings of music album arts appearing in SkyDrive folders. When Microsoft officially launched Xbox Music in October, the company officially acknowledged that cloud storage is coming next year to the Xbox Music service, however there were no mentions of whether this cloud storage will be based on the SkyDrive platform or not.
Microsoft SkyDrive web-based music player will be in direct competition with Amazon Cloud Player and Google Music, and it’s going to be quite exciting to see which one prevails in the end.