It didn’t take long for Samsung to reap the benefits of their recent acquisition of mSpot as they launched their new Music Hub service for international Galaxy S III users a few months ago. Today Samsung is announcing that it’s finally available to U.S. users. Music Hub is the first all-in-one mobile music service because it features a cloud locker, millions of songs that you can stream or purchase, the ability to make customized radio stations, and get personalized recommendations. It’s kind of like what you would get it Google Music married Slacker Radio.
The cloud locker is actually a lot like Apple’s cloud matching service, but Samsung will store all your unmatched music. What it does is scan all your music and match all your stuff to their database at 320kbps. If they can’t match it, the song will upload to your locker of which you get 100 GB of storage (for unmatched songs). Samsung offers a desktop version of the Music Hub software that will scan all your music and upload those unmatched tunes. It will also automatically scan or upload any new stuff you add to your collection just like Google Music. It will even upload your playlists, and from what the reps told me, it will handle iTunes and WMP playlists. That is already better than Google Music as it’s only compatible with iTunes playlists.
Samsung doesn’t stop there as you can choose from over 19 million songs to stream or purchase and you can make your own custom stations just like what Pandora and Slacker offer. You can build you own playlists and even get personalized recommendations based on what you listen too.
Music Hub will cost $9.99 per month, but they are giving Free 30-day trials (plus a free album) to everyone so you can try it out and see what you think. There is one piece of bad news though as this is only available to owners of the U.S. Cellular and AT&T Galaxy S III. They promise that announcements will come soon for the T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless versions. I have no idea why they would need carrier approval for this, but nonetheless it is what it is. Eventually Music Hub will open up to more Samsung phones, but for now it’s just for the Galaxy S III.
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Full press release:
Samsung Mobile Launches Music Hub in U.S. on Galaxy S III with a Free 30-Day Trial
3-in-1 mobile music solution lets you upload your music collection to the cloud, stream and purchase songs from an extensive catalog, and listen to personal radio
DALLAS (July 31, 2012) — Samsung Music Hub – the first completely integrated, all-in-one mobile music service – is now available in the U.S. on the Galaxy S® III. Music Hub simplifies and enhances the everyday experience of listening to music. The mobile music service provides a rich music experience for everyone whether users are an avid collector wanting easy access to their own music collection, someone with ever-changing music tastes, that likes to sample a broad selection of music and genres or who prefers radio.
A free 30-day trial of the service will be extended to new Music Hub users in the U.S. New subscribers also will be able to choose a free album that will be instantly available on their Galaxy S III and can also be uploaded to their personal music collections on the internet.
“We’re redefining mobile music by offering a more integrated experience on the handset and lifting the barriers to your music. Our service encompasses all music including your own collection in the cloud, a robust streaming catalog that is seamlessly integrated with a music store, and a personal radio service that caters to all of your music moods and genres,” said TJ Kang, senior vice president of the media services team for Samsung. “By providing a free album and trial, we hope Galaxy S III owners will experience for themselves a new, intuitive and easy way to discover music.”
Based on the technology services of mSpot, a leading mobile content service provider recently acquired by Samsung, the new Music Hub service will initially be available on Samsung Galaxy S III devices sold through leading U.S. carriers. Galaxy S III users can access the application directly on select handsets and via the Samsung App Store or Google Play. More information on accessing Music Hub on select handsets can be found at: http://www.samsung.com/us/
The Music Hub service will be offered as both a free and premium version.
Music Hub Store (free) allows users to:
- Access millions of songs from the 7digital catalog – which includes music from all four major labels (Sony, EMI, Universal, and Warner), plus select independents– from which users can buy tracks and albums, as well as listen to 30-second previews of all songs
- Store purchased music in the cloud, allowing it to automatically load on all registered Music Hub devices, while still being available on those registered devices locally for offline listening
- Use the Music Hub web player, in addition to the mobile app, with which users can access their music library and the Music Hub catalog/store online at www.musichub.com
Music Hub Premium ($9.99 per month, with a free 30-day trial offered) offers access to all of the free version features, as well as:
- A Scan & Match Cloud Locker: Upload music to the cloud to play it on any device registered with a Music Hub account. Music Hub also utilizes scan-and-match technology to decrease upload time and ensure high-quality playback. Any unmatched songs are directly uploaded from user’s library to the cloud offering 100 GB of storage for all unmatched songs, so users can access rare or personal recordings across their devices. Music Hub also automatically updates playlists or music purchases music updated across all registered devices.
- A catalog of millions of songs for purchase AND streaming: Enjoy full access to 7digital’s entire Music Hub catalog, including music from all four major labels, to stream or purchase, with unlimited plays and no advertisements. Search for new music, create playlists, share songs with friends, and view lyrics and album information.
- Personalized and Custom Radio: Create personal stations based on favorite songs and artists, or browse genre stations recommended and custom-created by the Music Hub team. Users also can tag songs they like to find and play back later.
- Customized Recommendations: Discover great new songs, artists, albums and radio stations all the time – and the more users listen, the better Music Hub’s recommendations will get.
Samsung, Music Hub, Galaxy and Galaxy S are all trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
About Samsung Telecommunications America
Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, (Samsung Mobile) a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets, wireless infrastructure and other telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.
mSpot is a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., which was formed in 2004 and acquired by Samsung in 2012. A provider of innovative music and video delivery service for mobile devices, the company has been offering white-labeled cloud entertainment services for mobile carriers such as AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. It also has its own brand services available in the Android Marketplace or App Store. For more information, go to www.mspotcorporate.com
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2011 consolidated sales of US$143.1 billion. Employing approximately 206,000 people in 197 offices across 72 countries, the company operates two separate organizations to coordinate its nine independent business units: Digital Media & Communications, comprising Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, and Digital Imaging; and Device Solutions, consisting of Memory, System LSI and LED. Recognized for its industry-leading performance across a range of economic, environmental and social criteria, Samsung Electronics was named the world’s most sustainable technology company in the 2011 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.
About 7digital Limited
7digital is a leading digital content technology company based in London. Through 7digital’s download store (http://www.7digital.com ) and mobile applications, consumers can access over 19 million legal high quality music tracks, as well as audiobooks and videos, at competitive prices across Europe, North America and beyond. Combining 7digital’s secure and robust technology platform with the broadest agreements in the digital media industry, the company provides comprehensive digital download and streaming services to a wide range of partners and brands around the world. 7digital’s enterprise level Application Programming Interface (API) is used by 300 partners globally, including Samsung’s Music Hub.
By Carrier: Getting Music Hub on the Samsung Galaxy S III
- · AT&T
o Download Music Hub from Samsung S Suggest or Google Play
o Once the application is installed, simply touch the Music Hub icon to start using the service.
o Open the Music Hub app on your Galaxy S III
o Sign in with your existing Samsung account or create a new Samsung account.
o You will need to enter your credit card information when you create an account and sign-up for the free 30-day trial of Music Hub Premium The credit card you enter will be charged when you purchase songs from the store or if you choose to stay subscribed to Music Hub Premium past the 30-day trial
o When you start the free trial or subscribe to Music Hub Premium, you can upload your music to the cloud and have it automatically appear on your device by going to www.musichub.com from your computer and installing the uploader.
- · US Cellular
o Before using the Samsung Music Hub application, the preloaded app on your device must be updated to the latest version. You can download the latest version of Music Hub from Samsung S suggest or Google Play store.
o To sign up for Music Hub:
§ Once the download is complete, open the Music Hub app from your mobile device.
§ Sign in with your existing Samsung account or create a new Samsung account.
§ You will need to enter your credit card information when you create an account and sign-up for the free 30-day trial of Music Hub Premium. The credit card you enter will be charged when you purchase songs from the store or if you choose to stay subscribed to Music Hub Premium past the 30-day trial.
§ When you start the free trial or subscribe to Music Hub Premium, you can upload your music to the cloud and have it automatically appear on your device by going towww.musichub.com from your computer and installing the uploader.
- · Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon
o Music Hub availability has not yet been announced for Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Galaxy S III devices. Additional carrier availability will be announced at a later date.