Paul Thurrott confirms SkyDrive music streaming in Windows Phone 8

As regular readers may know, I have been particularly concerned that Microsoft appears to be avoiding any mention of music streaming from SkyDrive, a major feature in Google’s and Amazon’s music locker service and even Apple’s iCloud service (though that works via download rather than streaming).

Now Paul Thurrott has I think inadvertently laid that concern to rest, saying in the most recent Windows Weekly Podcast “we know from the Windows Phone 8 stuff, that there is going to be the ability to put your music collection up there and stream it to your Windows Phone”, going on to say there will be “seamless integration.”

Previously Paul had only written “SkyDrive integration. Microsoft will make your content available on all of its platforms via SkyDrive” and Pocketnow had posted “Skydrive support promises seamless sharing of data between devices; Belfiore gives the example of instantly having one’s music collection available on a newly-purchased Windows Phone, without the need for a PC sync” suggesting a synching process rather than streaming.

Of course there is really no reason why SkyDrive music streaming could not work on Windows Phone 7.5 also.  If Windows Phone 8 is still 6 months away maybe Microsoft could throw us a bone sooner rather than later.

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