Samsung Music Hub Comes To U.S. Galaxy S III
Samsung today launched its Music Hub service for the major U.S. variants of its Galaxy S III phone. The service encompasses the key features of many other music apps and services. It allows access to music already on the device and users can purchase song and albums, and store that music both on-device and in the cloud. A premium service for $10/month adds ad-free unlimited streaming and custom radio and recommendations. At launch, Samsung is offering a 30-day free trial of the Premium service, plus one free album. The Hub music catalog includes music from four major labels (Sony, EMI, Universal, and Warner), plus some independent artists. The app is available now through the Samsung App Store and Google Play.
Google Play Music Searches Reveal Playable Results
Google has updated its Play Music app for Android devices and made it possible to play songs directly from search results. Now, when users search for a song, album, or artist, the top three results include a "play" button that lets them jump immediately to those songs.
Pandora Launches Premium Music Service
Pandora today finally launched its long-awaited Pandora Premium music service for mobile devices and the web. Pandora Premium is a $10-per-month music streaming service that competes with Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Play Music.
Google Play Music to Be Default Music Player on All Samsung Devices
Google and Samsung today said starting with the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Google Play Music will be the default music player and music service on Samsung phones and tablets globally. Consumers who buy the S8 or S8+ will receive a free three-month trial of Google Play Music, which offers ad-free access to some 40 million tracks.
Samsung's Milk Music Service Gains a Premium Version
Samsung this week updated its Milk music service, which gives Galaxy device owners the ability to stream music to their handset. The update introduces Milk Premium for $4 per month.