Samsung has launched a free music service for its Galaxy smartphone users called Milk Music. The service will provide access to over 200 ad-free radio stations to its US customers. Samsung is taking on the likes of Pandora, Spotify and Apple's iTunes with the new internet radio service.
Milk Music is powered by the radio service Slacker and is offering "unique music programming from top selling and emerging artists" available exclusively through the platform. The service does not require users to log-in and is different from Samsung's Music Hub. It will have over 200 genre-based/curated stations and offer almost 13 million songs. Milk will allow six song skips an hour per station similar to other services.
The app features a large wheel which looks like a radio tuner. Users can spin through various genres of music to find what they like. They can also add their favorite stations to "My Stations" section, as well as tag individual songs as favorites and even put songs on a never to be played list.
"Milk introduces a fresh approach to music that reflects our innovative leadership and our focus on creating best-in-class consumer experiences," said Gregory Lee, president and chief executive of Samsung Telecommunications America. "We're offering consumers amazing, rich music experiences built around what matters most to them and their lifestyle," he added.
"We feel that while the music space is very competitive, there is room for improvement," said Daren Tsui, vice president of music at Samsung Media Solutions.
The app is listed on the Google Play Store as "a new, free and ad-free radio service." It says that Milk is "free, and ad-free" for a limited time. The app currently works with Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, the Note 2, Note 3 and GS4 variants like the Active and the Mini only. The service will also be compatible with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5.