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Milk Music: Samsung launches free music service on Galaxy devices, including S5

There's no shortage of music-streaming options to choose from these days, but what's one more, right?

Samsung is entering the already crowded market with its own free Internet radio service, dubbed Milk Music. Powered by Slacker, the free service is available exclusively for Galaxy devices, including the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy Note II, as well as the Galaxy S5 once it arrives in April.

Milk Music boasts a catalog of 13 million songs and more than 200 ad-free radio stations. The app sports a "dial design", which Samsung says offers a more intuitive and fun way to listen to music. The circular dial is customisable, letting you set up nine of your favourite genre-based stations for easy access. You can also fine tune genre stations based on your personal preferences.

If you're not sure what you want to listen to, there's a "Spotlight" feature, which offers a curated selection of songs that have been picked by "tastemakers and influencers," Samsung said. Much like other music-streaming services, Milk Music also lets you create personalised stations based on your favourite songs and albums. If you don't like what you hear, you can skip up to six songs per hour per station.

At this point, your music isn't going to be interrupted by advertisements, though this could change in the future. In the app's description, Samsung said the ad-free experience would only be available for a limited time.

"Milk Music introduces a fresh approach to music that reflects our innovation leadership and our focus on creating best-in-class consumer experiences," Gregory Lee, president and CEO of Samsung Telecommunications America, said in astatement. "We're offering consumers amazing, rich music experiences built around what matters most to them and their lifestyle."

This isn't Samsung's first foray into music streaming. The company in 2012 introduced Music Hub, a paid-for music service that debuted on the Galaxy S III.

Galaxy owners can head over to Google Play to download Milk Music now.