Samsung launches ad-free streaming radio service ‘Milk Music’

By , Mar 7, 2014

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In a somewhat surprising move, Samsung announced today a new streaming radio service dubbed ‘Milk Music.’ The service is a lot like Apple’s iTunes Radio in that music is chosen based on a user’s preferences, and it’s platform-specific—it’s only available to Galaxy device owners.

The service is powered by Slacker Radio, which would explain the absence of rumors that Samsung was working on such a project, and there are no ads. As for the app, it offers the usual features including the ability to save songs for offline listening and create custom radio stations…

CNET has some comments from Samsung’s Daren Tsui on the new service:

“Milk, at least for now, is only for Samsung Galaxy customers. And for now it’s only available in the US, which was how Apple rolled out iTunes Radio too. “Knowing Samsung, the chances are very high” it will be expanded internationally, said Daren Tsui, vice president of music for Samsung’s Media Solutions Center America. 

The company isn’t certain if Milk will be preloaded on its devices yet, and Tsui said Samsung is even open to expanding the service to other platforms. ”It comes down to whether it’s a hit or not,” he said. But with no ads and no sales for Samsung to enjoy through Milk for now, it’s hard to think of a reason why Samsung would make it available to all.”

Samsung says that Milk Music has over 200 genre stations, and a library of over 13 million songs. That’s a sizable selection, but not nearly as big as the 20+ million songs other services offer. It also features a ‘Spotlight’ section, which plays curated tracks from tastemakers and influencers.

While Samsung’s music service is limited to Galaxy users in the US right now, it still aims to compete with heavy competition. Companies like Pandora, Spotify and Rdio already have large user bases, and Amazon is said to be working on its own streaming radio service for Prime subscribers.

It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. If you’re a Galaxy device owner, you can find Milk Music in the Google Play store for free.

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  • ɑղժɾҽա

    Why does Samsung always copy Apple? This is annoying. First Siri and , now iTunes Radio?

    • illK†Δ

      Payback? Samsung made a smartphone before Apple.

      • Rares

        Android first came up in 2008 while ios 1 came up in 2007

      • xSeriouSx

        Samsung’s F700 came out about the same time as the iPhone and on top of that it was filed in 2006 before the iPhone…

      • Alberto Espinal

        But it was garbage!!

      • xSeriouSx

        So were the first and second generations of the iPhone…

      • Zod

        The first generation of the iPhone revolutionized the smartphone industry with its ease of use and simplicity. It wasn’t in my opinion, garbage.

      • Alberto Espinal

        At the time nothing topped them, if not refresh my mind and tell me which phones were better than the iphone?

      • xSeriouSx

        Who gives a f*ck which was the best garbage? Point of this conversation was to point out that your all mighty Apple is as much a copier (if not a great artist thief, http://bit ly/1hZqZVJ) as Samsung. So, just stop with copying nonsense, it gets old and makes you look like some hypocritical iDiot.

      • Alberto Espinal

        And the F700 how well did it sell compare to the original iphone? And where is it now? And that is my point, i’m not talking about copying here, i’m talking about there was nothing like the IPhone at the Moment, the F700 had 3g but how much of a pain was to navigate on that device, just my IMO.

      • xSeriouSx

        That’s totally marketing, nothing to do with the topic on who’s copying who…way the go playing the bait switch game.

        Regarding ease of use, nothing harder than my ancient SGH-E370. Regarding how it looks, nothing fuglier than iOS 7 IMO.

    • Christian

      So, Samsung should die? seeing competition win? Good things are copied, its the same in every sales market.

      • Christian

        And. i`m not saying that it isn´t annoying, but this are competition rules.

    • Noqui Mentli

      I hope someday apple copy samsung displays with
      hd 1080p, 441 ppi, or HTC ONE with 468 ppi not the poor 326ppi resolution that iPhone has the since the iPhone 4, what a shame

  • Sputnik09

    I’m getting a itty-bitty tired of saying… “MONKEY SEE.. MONKEY DO”
    “Milk” Music??? Really? kinda stupid name for such a service.

    • O_o

      Milk Music is stupid but a technology company called Apple is perfectly fine? Okay…

      • Sputnik09

        What’s your point troll? And what the hell are you doing on an Apple related blog? Go play on blogs that praises that POS crapdroid and sanDUNG garbage.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Lol, when you got no counter-fact, just resort to calling them a troll…typical.

      • Sputnik09

        What is “typical” is am arrogant lemming like you trying to inflate HER ego just to get attention.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Going way off topic there.

        Good old bait and switch fanboy tactic…

      • Sputnik09

        And you are a little sissy little girl….

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Now you’ve just gone full ret*rd…what are you, 12? Guess your mama never disciplined you.

      • Sputnik09

        She never had the time for that, since I was banging yours ;)

      • O_o
      • Sputnik09

        Another sissy little girl.

  • Matt

    That name doe

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    So, this is pretty much just a gift that Samsung will keep paying for? ‘Cause how else can this be legal and music torrenting isn’t?

    • xSeriouSx

      Perhaps that limitation of choice pays for it? You’ll be forced to listen to all or nothing and can’t skip as you please. I don’t find that to be problem when listening to my favourite artist (Bob Marley)…

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        What a coincidence, Bob Marley is one of the few Artists of which I’d listen to full Album of

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    Milk Music? Is this because they’re going to milk it as much as they can since only by advertising anywhere and everywhere will they ever get anyone to use it?

  • Lhu

    stop complaining guys, competition is always good for us consumers…

    • Matthew Cleveland

      I came to the comments wondering how could anyone complain about ad-free radio streaming. Somehow, people found a way.

  • Rares

    First time I saw the article I thought it says “Milka music”

  • Prasoon Singh

    Yet another proof of Samsung copying Apple. And milk? What’s next? Samsung Bread?

    • xSeriouSx

      Apple? What’s next, Banana?

    • Noqui Mentli

      I hope someday apple copy samsung displays with
      hd 1080p, 441 ppi, or HTC ONE with 468 ppi not the poor 326ppi resolution that iPhone has the since the iPhone 4, what a shame

  • Batman

    Stupid name

  • Micaiah Martin

    Got Milk?……oh wait sorry Samsung…. we already have Spotify.

    • Noqui Mentli

      Spotify sxcks

      • Micaiah Martin

        Because?….

  • http://173.58.214.169/ Anthony3595

    Forget copying. Install ShoutCast radio. Done!

  • Daniel Franklin

    First samsung’s app having UI look much better.

  • Framboogle

    Yeah because Milk is the first thing that comes into my mind when I think of music.