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 Googleâ€™s and Amazonâ€™s music locker service and even Appleâ€™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 â€œwe 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 Phoneâ€, going on to say there will be â€œseamless integration.â€
Previously Paul had only written â€œSkyDrive integration. Microsoft will make your content available on all of its platforms via SkyDriveâ€ and Pocketnow had posted â€œSkydrive 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 syncâ€ 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.Â If Windows Phone 8 is still 6 months away maybe Microsoft could throw us a bone sooner rather than later.