OneDrive + Xbox Music review

I was gifted an engraved 160GB iPod Classic some years ago and I loved it. It didn’t have quite as good sound quality as my 32GB Sony Walkman MP3 player, but it had the click wheel, a nice interface and oodles of storage. I used it every day, so no wonder its hard drive eventually failed.

I didn’t bother to get it fixed (neither have I thrown it away) as I was getting by putting some music on my smartphone, and I can also rely on MixRadio for discovering music; I’ve also been enjoying ad-free non-shuffle mode on Spotify for the last few months thanks to a 99p offer, which I will not be renewing no matter how much I loved it as £10pm is eye-watering.

But I missed having my whole library on the go. With no MicroSD slot and limited storage I could only put about a dozen albums which would usually be recent acquisitions. If I had an iPhone I could have iTunes Match for a fee, and if I had an Android I could use their cloud music option, or Amazon’s for either of them. But I’m an awkward Windows Phone user.

Finally though, Microsoft allows up to 500,000 music files in the popular formats (MP3, M4A, WMA) to be stored in the new Music folder on OneDrive for playback via web or the Xbox Music apps for Windows devices. And this costs nothing! The only catch is that your storage is limited by how much OneDrive space you have, but I have 1TB thanks to Office 365 Personal (which has been very much value for money for me so far, and very practical), so I can dump my 50GB of music all on there easily, which I’m doing over a few months to not exceed my ISP allowance. So, you could say I’m paying, but only through increased value in Office 365.

I’ve only been using it a few days but I love it. Because songs are pulled off your OneDrive it can take quite a few seconds to load the first song of an album or when skipping to tracks further on, but that’s very tolerable. You can also download tracks to your phone from OneDrive, which is useful for when you need music and a data/WiFi connection is not possible.

I had considered fixing my iPod at some point but I’m really not going to bother now. This service on Windows Phone might be late, but it’s better than never, particularly as their competitors didn’t bother to take advantage.