Samsung has just launched its new streaming music service Stateside, bringing Music Hub to select versions of its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III.
The service, which has already launched in Europe, is said to wrap iTunes, Spotify and Pandora into a one-stop music spot. The mSpot-powered Music Hub brings more than 19 million songs, from labels such as Sony, EMI, Universal and Warner, to AT&T and U.S. Cellular Samsung Galaxy S III customers, though the company has said it is working on bringing the service to more devices. Thanks to an HTML5-based companion site, Music Hub will also be available on desktop Web browsers.
Samsung's new service allows users to purchase and download tracks or store them in the cloud for streaming, a feature similar to Spotify's offerings. Like Pandora, Music Hub offers custom radio stations that provide endless streaming, helping customers discover new music similar to their likings.
There are two versions of the music service currently available, a free, ad-supported iteration and a paid subscription, which will cost $10 per month. With the free rendition of Music Hub, users can buy tracks and albums, as well as listen to 30-second clips of all songs. All purchased music will be stored in the cloud and be accessible from any registered Music Hub device. Users can also access their music via the Music Hub Web player website.
With money comes power they say, and Samsung's premium Music Hub account is no different. The paid version of the service offers the same features as the free one, with some benefits, such as no ads or streaming limits. Additionally, users can search, create playlists, share songs with friends, and view lyrics and album information. Premium users also have access to the iTunes Match-like "Scan & Match" feature, which decreases upload time by matching songs that are duplicated in a user's library and Music Hub, with Samsung offering up to 100GB of free storage for unmatched songs.
Samsung is offering a 30-day free trial of the paid service, plus a free album to new subscribers, though users will need to enter credit card information upon launching the app in order to access the free trial. Those with the AT&T version of the Galaxy S III can download Music Hub via the Google Play store or Samsung S Suggest, while U.S. Cellular users will need to update the pre-loaded Music Hub app on their devices before launching the service. No word so far if Verizon, T-Mobile or Sprint will offer Samsung Galaxy S III customers the Music Hub app, but stay informed with Brighthand to see if Sammy's new music streaming service is coming to your device.