Enable FLAC Music Streaming from OneDrive
Many users today have FLAC music libraries. FLAC (free lossless audio codec) is a free, open-source, CD-quality file format which is in many ways superior to MP3. Unfortunately, you're currently unable to stream FLAC music from OneDrive through Groove Music.
Personally speaking, all but a few of my songs stored in OneDrive are FLAC format. Unfortunately, Groove music doesn't recognize these songs unless they are saved to my device locally. Therefore my Groove music library on my Lumia 950XL is empty, aside from the few songs in OneDrive I have saved as MP3s. Even if you search for a song by its name, Groove fails to find it unless it is saved in OneDrive as an MP3.
While this is probably an oversight, one possible concern is that, since lossless music is larger in file size than MP3 music, streaming FLAC files from OneDrive could use more data than the user would want. However if that's the concern, then there's another solution -- you could enable streaming FLAC music at MP3 (320KBPS) quality.
Hopefully you can fix music streaming for FLAC files soon, even if that means only streaming the files at 320KBPS MP3 quality. Until then, Groove on my Lumia 950XL is useless to me until it is able to recognize and stream the FLAC music I have saved online in OneDrive.
We understand the request, but don’t have any plans to support FLAC file playback at this time. We have continued to invest in better video and audio playback experiences across the OneDrive apps for the most common media file types.
FLAC is qucikly becoming the the most common music type. Why are you not able to support open codecs?
Can't collect royalties?
This is the same ****** logic Billy Gates used to deny royalties to the Speadsheet creators.
I think it has more to do with the Intellectual Property around the FLAC format than everything else.
And NO the fact is free to use for users does NOT mean is free to integrate into commercial services :(
All it takes is integrating an existing codec into the existing software. Hardly an effort for this much-supported request.
I don't get you guys. I really don't.
Annoyed FLAC listener commented
What is wrong with you idiots? I can store FLAC's in my OneDrive, but I have to redownload them to listen to them? Stupid, stupid, stupid.
John Simmons commented
Microsoft once again shows it's deaf to consumer needs. Make sure your head's firmly in that sand guys!
John Simmons commented
Can't believe this, such a crazy omission!
Scott Martin commented
After years as a Windows Phone user I had to make the jump to Android when it was obvious that Windows 10 Mobile wasn't going to survive as a platform. My ability to listen to my music collection was immediately reduced by a stroke, as Groove for Android doesn't support streaming FLAC files from OneDrive. Then Groove Music Pass was shut down; I was forced to switch to Spotify, an objectively worse service (because it doesn't integrate with my music in the cloud). It really looks right now like you don't care about your customers who enjoy music, which I'm sure isn't an image you want to project.
Please add support for streaming FLAC files from OneDrive to Groove for Android.
Matthew Yeo commented
GIANT HINT MICROSOFT: the day you support FLAC for streaming, whether that's natively or via conversion to a lossy format you prefer for streaming, is the day I cancel my Apple Music subscription. I'd rather stream my own music to myself via OneDrive than pay money every month to barely use Apple Music.
Thanks for not keeping us up2date Microsoft!
Yea its probably dead but the functionality of streaming music through Groove still exists and it something I use. It's been two years and almost 3k votes... ugh... Microsoft..,
Javier Chadham commented
Not that this is a solution, but I just noticed that Groove will play ALAC files off OneDrive (iPhone app tested). I tried both CD rips as well as high rez and both worked.
No FLAC support yet. :(
Andrew Pillborn commented
Hi, just try Flacbox: https://www.everappz.com/flacbox Use this app every day and it has all I need to handle my FLAC music collection stored in OneDrive.
Colin Bowern commented
I'm guessing this is dead now that Groove Music is being shut down?
I'm not going to let this go!
This is a sensible request, and easy to implement. If there are other reasons, just tell us.
What's the sense of this entire "uservoice" program if popular and reasonable requests are just being cast aside with no explanation given?
The problem is there are a variety of music players and streamers such as bluesound that support groove so really need groove to support flac.
David McCumber commented
Just figured out why only a small number of files ever show in groove. Then found this. please please. it would be great to be able to play FLAC files.
I guess I am going to plex. :(
@Douglas Pearce, or whoever is in charge 18 months later: Would you kindly give us an update on the status of this feature request, supported by (as of today) 2,836 votes?
What's the use of this platform if you say "thanks for the suggestion" an then let the suggestion disappear into a black hole? As a user, you feel less of a jerk if you get at least a courtesy notice that your idea has been rejected.
I am shocked this doesn't work. I was wondering why 1/2 my digital collection wasn't accessible from from onedrive via groove music. Now I know... this is just one in my many many many many lines frustrations with Microsoft. As a windows phone, office365 and OneDrive user, its unbelievably difficult to stay with Microsoft.... sigh....
So it's been a year and a half and still thinking about supporting the most popular lossless file format?
Go to app store and look for Duplex Media Player. For a few bucks, you have access to all your Flac-files on OneDrive and you can play them! No need to wait anymore...