Being able to stream music from a cloud storage account is something many big names in the tech world offer. For instance, Google has its Google Play Music while Apple has its Apple Music. With the release of the Groove Music app, Microsoft also introduced this feature, and we are now able to stream our music collections from our OneDrive accounts. It's a really great feature that lets you enjoy your music wherever you are and whenever you want to. It's also quite easy to setup and use, as you'll see in this tutorial:
What You Should Know About OneDrive Music Streaming
Before being able to stream your personal music collection via OneDrive and the Groove Music app, there are a few important things you should consider:
- To be able to use this feature, you'll need to have a Microsoft account. If you don't have one, here's a quick guide on what a Microsoft account is and how you can register for one: Simple Questions: What is a Windows Live ID or a Microsoft account?.
- The music streaming service is not available worldwide, but only for some regions and countries. These are: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. If you don't live in one of these countries, you won't be able to use the service.
- The OneDrive music streaming service supports the following music files formats: MP3, M4A (AAC) and WMA. However, Microsoft says that some M4A files, such as AAC Lossless files, or protected WMA files can't be added to your music collection.
- OneDrive has a limit on how many music files it can store in your music collection. For now, the limit is 50,000 songs.
To be able to stream your music collection, you'll first need to add it to your OneDrive. There are two ways to do that: you can either use the OneDrive folder from your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 computer or device, or you can use your favorite web browser.
How To Add Music To Your OneDrive, From Windows 8.1 or Windows 10
If your computer or device runs Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, the fastest way to add music to your OneDrive is by using the OneDrive folder. In both of these operating systems, you'll find OneDrive listed in the left column of File Explorer.
Inside your OneDrive folder, you should already have a default folder called Music. If you have deleted it at some point, create it again. Take care to name it exactly Music, otherwise the streaming feature won't work.
Now copy all the music you want to add to your OneDrive Music collection, into the Music folder.
Windows will begin to automatically upload all your songs to your OneDrive. Depending on how large your music collection is, and the upload speed of your Internet connection, this could take a while.
How To Add Music To Your OneDrive From Your Favorite Web Browser
If you'd rather add your music collection to OneDrive using a web browser, open your favorite browser and head to your OneDrive account.
After you've logged in, upload all the songs you want to be able to stream, into the Music folder. You can either drag and drop all of them at once or you can use the Upload options from the top menu.
Once all your songs were uploaded to your OneDrive Music folder, you can listen to to them via a multitude of devices and platforms. For the purpose of this tutorial, in the next section we'll show you how to stream your music collection using the Groove Music app from Windows 10.
How To Stream Your OneDrive Music Collection Using The Groove Music App
Now that you have your entire music collection in the cloud, you can stream it via the Groove Music app from Windows 10. To do that, you'll have to obviously launch the app. Open the Start Menu and either click or tap on the Groove Music tile, or click or tap on its entry from the All apps list.
When the Groove Music app is opened, you should see all your songs, regardless if they are stored on your device or in your OneDrive music collection.
If you want to listen only to songs from your OneDrive, filter your music using the On OneDrive filter.
And that's it! You can now enjoy your entire music collection from wherever you are, on any Windows 10 computer, with the help of OneDrive and the Groove Music app. All you need to do right now is simply click or tap the Play button.
As you can see, getting all your favorite songs in the cloud and enjoying your music collection wherever you are is not that complicated, as Microsoft made it quite simple a process. In future tutorials we'll also show other ways in which you can stream your OneDrive music, like using your Xbox Music app on your Windows Phone or using the Groove Web Player.
The only thing that we'd hold against the music streaming feature offered by Microsoft is the fact that it isn't available worldwide and that's a shame if you ask us.
What do you think about this new feature Microsoft added to their services? Did you know about it? Do you like it? Do you use it? Feel free to leave us your feedback in the comments section below.