Following its recent purchase of streaming startup mSpot, Samsung has announced the launch of Music Hub, a music service being billed as an iTunes rival. The service will debut on the much anticipated Galaxy S3, which begins its global roll-out in Europe this week.
Music Hub will use mSpot's Spotify-like technology to offer users access to a catalogue of some 19 million songs at prices comparable to iTunes, as well as recommendations, personalisable radio stations, offline access and a web player. The service features a unique blend of web store, radio and storage service, hitting virtually all of the trends in modern music consumption.
The service offers both free and premium versions. Under the free subscription, users can access 30-second previews of any song before purchasing it. Under the £9.99 per month premium model, however, customers can stream an unlimited number of tracks in Music Hub's catalogue. Users can also use the service's scan and match technology to be able to access their existing music libraries through Music Hub.
"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", Samsung Media Solution Center senior vice president T.J. Kang told Reuters.
Music Hub will be delivered in partnership with the London-based digital content technology company 7digital, whose API serves as the basis for Samsung's new music platform.
"[7digital has] been working closely with the [Samsung] headquarters in Korea for over three years, and with the major and key independent labels, to develop the Music Hub. The company is serious about competing in the digital music space", said 7digital CEO Ben Drury in a statement.