Google IO 2017 Coverage

Samsung partners with Google, names Play Music default for all things tunes

If you bought a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+, you may want to use Play Music as your go-to music streaming service. Both Samsung and Google want to reward people who buy 2017’s most popular phone. It starts with making Play Music the default music player and music streaming service but doesn’t end there.

When the phones were announced, Samsung oddly talked about a tight partnership with Google. No one really knew what that entailed. After all, Bixby is an alternative to Google Assistant. And Samsung implements many of its own services to use instead of Google’s. But now we have an idea of what the two companies were getting at. Google went ahead and announced special Play Music benefits for owners of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

Samsung’s 2017 flagship doesn’t ship with an in-house music player or music streaming service. Google’s Play Music is the default for anything related to music on Samsung phones and tablets worldwide moving forward. Because it’s the default, Google is giving owners of eligible devices the ability to upload and stream up to 100,000 of their own songs for free. The usual capacity on Play Music is 50,000.

Additionally, Samsung’s phones and tablets will include a free three-month trial of Play Music to see whether or not the service is worth the money. Assuming you like what you here, you can subscribe for $10 per month. Otherwise you can stick to the free tier that lets you stream shuffled stations with a limited number of skips.

Google says, too, that Play Music will be integrated into Bixby later this spring. That’s a big deal because of the competition among companies to create dominant digital assistants. However, this is the type of integration Google wants to make its products and services widely used. There’s no Android partner that sells as many devices as Samsung.

Source: Google


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