The new Music Hub will initially be offered on the Samsung Galaxy S III before they are available on other devices. The free version of the service is installed on Galaxy S III, which allows users to do the same thing as the previous version Music Hub on Galaxy S II, namely download music from 7Digital.
“Samsung is not known for our content services; we make good hardware products but we haven’t done much in the content space but that’s changing,” said TJ Kang, Senior Vice President of Samsung Electronics’ Media Solution Center. “We are doing it to create a better experience for our users. There are things we could do better if we have complete control over all of the service.”
Music Hub will offer users more than 19 million songs that can be streamed or can be bought directly from their devices. Samsung will provide storage space up to 100 GB for premium users, where they can upload their music contents to the cloud storage.
The service will initially be available in Germany, Spain, Italy, France and the U.K., but soon will be offered on other Samsung devices as well as in other countries.
“When you ask yourself, ‘what do I want to listen to?’ there is now one simple answer, for every mood, every place and everyone,” stated Kang. “With the new Music Hub, we’re bringing the joy back to music — listening, collecting and sharing.”
The music service is developed using technology from mSpot, which the world’s largest smartphone seller by shipping bought earlier this month. MSpot runs music streaming services for Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.
Samsung’s all in one Music Hub will provide a unique combination of storage space, music stores, online music streams, music player, and online radio.
“We believe that today’s mobile market must have an open mobile music system — one that offers all kinds of services across different devices. Music Hub removes all the barriers to your music,” said Daren Tsui, CEO of mSpot.
Music Hub Premium allows music lovers to upload music to the cloud and access it from five mobile devices and from PC. Among other features, the Music Hub provides users the ability to create playlists, search playlists, view album info, create personal radio stations and share songs with friends.
Samsung joins the crowded media hub market
It would be interesting to see how Samsung’s new cloud media service will compete with the likes of iTunes, Spotify, Rdio, Pandora and MOG, and digital media markets and clouds like Amazon, Google Play, Google Drive and LG cloud.
LG recently launched its own cloud service dubbed LG cloud, bringing whole ecosystem of devices such as smartphones, tablets, televisions, computers, etc. under one platform, where the user has direct access to photos, videos, music files, etc.
The music cloud is quickly evolving the way that listeners enjoy their music experience. Music Unlimited, another music streaming service from Sony that was introduced for iPhone users just last week, allows users to create playlists, stream songs and albums, and customize channels to the taste of the user.