Just days after revealing its Xbox Music for iPhone and Xbox Music for Android devices would be joining a new renamed ecosystem called Groove, Microsoft has updated both apps to better support its OneDrive cloud storage service and more. In short, you can now store your music on Microsoft’s servers and stream it to your iPhone, finally.
Microsoft quietly updated Xbox Music for iPhone and Xbox Music for Android last week with new features and improvements. Adding OneDrive storage streaming finally brings the app in line with what Windows and Windows Phone users have been able to experience for sometime now. To better facilitate that streaming Microsoft has stopped requiring users to have an Xbox Music Pass to use the apps. OneDrive gives users 15GB of cloud storage to put their photos, music, documents and just about anything else in. Microsoft also added options for downloading individual songs and albums instead of just entire playlists, which was a disaster. Xbox Music for Android users will appreciate support for more Android devices.
The only thing missing from these apps now is the Explore tab available in other versions of Xbox Music. Right now, you still have to rely on search instead of being able to browse the Xbox Music Store.