Sonos + Microsoft Groove

by Volker Weber


Microsoft Xbox Music has been rebranded as Microsoft Groove, not to be confused with Microsoft Office Groove, the product acquired with Ray Ozzie's Groove Networks. And Microsoft Groove just became available in the Sonos Labs section of music services.


Here is the cool thing about that. Even without a monthly payment you can add your own tracks to your OneDrive storage and play them. As you may be able to see if you squint your eyes, I have 1.3 TB of free storage available there. And that's the limit. Not 64k tracks like a native Sonos music library, not the 50000 tracks that Google Play Music allows. As I understand it, only your storage allowance limits the amount of music you can store there. Well, that would have been too nice. Microsoft says:

Q: Is there a limit to the number of files I can have in my Music collection?
A: You can store up to 50,000 music files in your collection.

So, it's just another option. You can store another 50k tracks in Google Play Music, and that does not count towards your allowance in Google Drive.


That's a nice tip! I will configure it right away.

Markus Dierker, 2015-07-29

Nice, but I've got a question. What happens with your 1TB when your Office 365 subscription runs out? Does it get frozen until you continue your subscription? Does it get deleted? (Yikes, I hope not)
As a side note, with Google Music I don't have to pay anything to store those 50k songs. That used space doesn't get deducted from my normal Google Drive storage space, which is also quite neat for people with a library of less than 50k songs. ;)

Daniel Haferkorn, 2015-07-29


"What happens to my data if I cancel my subscription or my bonus storage expires and I’ve exceeded my 15 GB free storage limit?

If you cancel your subscription or if your free storage bonus expires, your data will continue to be accessible. You'll be able to view, share, and download files on your OneDrive, but you won't be able to upload files until you buy more storage or free up space."

Craig Wiseman, 2015-07-29

Ok, next time I use Google, promise. ;) Anyway, thanks for the clarification!

That is actually quite neat for people with a large music library. Music files rarely change.
1. Buy a short subscription.
2. Upload all your music.
3. Cancel subscription.
4. ???
5. Profit!

I guess they hope to lure you into trying the cloud storage out for other things as well so that you end up using it all the time for all kinds of things.

Daniel Haferkorn, 2015-07-30

You might actually find out that the subscription is worth the money you paid for it.

Volker Weber, 2015-07-30

Unfortunately there is no FLAC support :-/

Ralf ter Veer, 2015-07-30

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