According to WPDang, Windows Phone 8 is finally to bring the much anticipated USB mass storage mode, making the Zune client even less necessary.
Apparently Microsoft is going to do it this way:
- A Windows Phone 8 device will automatically create media folders such as music, video, picture, etc in its removable storage card, much like Sony Ericsson feature phones.
- Users can just drag and drop files into corresponding folders with a card reader, no more sync job required.
- When connected to a PC, a Windows Phone 8 device will pop up as a USB mass storage drive, with media folders inside. Users could drag and drop files as if operating on the storage card through a card reader.
For those who have been managing their digital media banks based on files and folders instead of a centralized database, this will make their life much easier. WPDang’s message isn’t quite clear though, as the following questions remain:
- Since there’s no sync and converting procedure any more, what will happen if I drop into the media folder a video file of such high quality that it busts the playback capability of the device?
- What will happen if I drop a music track into the document folder? Will the phone relocate it to the correct folder, or just fails to recognize it?
- Personally I don’t think this will happen at all, since Microsoft is very firm about fighting piracy. But… will Windows Phone 8 allow sideloading if I throw a .xap installer into the storage card?
With the new OS not far away, guess we will know more about it soon enough.