March 10, 2014
Got Milk? Samsung Releases Streaming Music Service For Galaxy
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online
Samsung on Friday unveiled Milk Music, a new commercial-free streaming radio service that is exclusive to Galaxy smartphone and tablet customers and can currently be downloaded for free from the Google Play store.
Touted by CNET’s Joan E. Solsman as the South Korean technology company’s answer to Apple’s iTunes Radio, Milk is commercial-free and is said to boast more than 200 stations and over 13 million songs. Currently, it is only available in the US and lacks the capability to purchase specific songs, though that is said to be on the horizon.
Solsman said that Milk is a revamped version of Music Hub, a Samsung app which served as its own store and music player that was recently shut down by the company. The new service includes the option of listening while offline, and it features an interface described as similar in nature to the circular dials found on old-school FM radios.
“Milk introduces a fresh approach to music that reflects our innovation leadership and our focus on creating best-in-class consumer experiences,” Samsung Telecommunications America and Samsung Electronics North America president and CEO Gregory Lee said in a statement Friday. “We’re offering consumers amazing, rich music experiences built around what matters most to them and their lifestyle.”
Daren Tsui, vice president of music at Samsung Media Solutions, told IDG News Service reporter Agam Shah that Milk Music will feature a wide variety of different tracks and genres. The company joined forces with Slacker, an ad-based interactive Internet radio service that is available in the US and Canada and has a library of over 10 million songs, for the development of the service.
According to AP Technology Writer Bree Fowler, Samsung’s new service is “designed to be extremely fast, easy to use and highly customizable.” Users can bookmark their favorite stations in a “My Stations” section, and can also add individual tracks to a list of favorites or a collection of songs never to be played, she added.
Samsung said that the dial can display up to nine stations based on different musical genres, depending upon the listening preferences of the individual user. It also includes an option that allows listeners to adjust each of those stations based on popularity, novelty and favorite songs to further personalize the experience. Shah also noted that the app works with the AllShare feature, which allows streaming to TV sets and other Samsung devices.
Milk Music is currently available for download on all Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Mega and Galaxy S4 mini devices, regardless of wireless carrier or retail channel. In April, it will be released for the Galaxy S5, and in the near future, Samsung is promising to offer “unique music programming from top selling and emerging artists available” exclusively through the Slacker-powered streaming music service.