Right in time with today's official launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung has also launched its new Music Hub which is preinstalled on the S III but was out of order until today. And as you might expect, the Samsung Music Hub is is indeed based on the recently overtaken mSpot service, which was the first company to stream a full format radio service in North America, as well as the first to provide a cloud locker service for music. Therefore, Samsung's Music Hub is also a combination of Google Music and Spotify and provides an integrated mobile and web solution which allows users to upload own tracks to the cloud to stream them back, purchase and download new tracks or stream a kind of smart radio.
Samsung's Music Hub features a PC software which allows to upload the music to the cloud so it can be played wherever you are. And for sure it automatically syncs with your iTunes and Windows Media music library. Pretty much Apple-like it even scans your songs and matches those already in our catalog so they play at a high audio quality. Any unmatched songs are directly uploaded so you can access even your rare or personal recordings.
When you edit playlists or purchase music, your collection stays automatically updated across all devices.
Samsung says its entire catalog has over 19 million songs and is still growing, by adding thousands of new songs everyday. Music Hub is said to offer unlimited plays and no advertisements and allows to search for new music to get customized recommendations.
The radio functionality allows to listen to the music you like with personal radio and genre stations and even allows to create personal stations based on songs and artists you love.
Music Hub is optimized specifically for the brand new Samsung Galaxy S III and the advanced streaming and downloading options lets you save storage space on your device, play music when offline, and cut down on cellular data usage. Furthermore, Samsung said that the audio settings are designed to prolong battery life and high-quality audio and smooth streaming are available even under spotty network coverage.
The Samsung Music Hub is currently exclusively available on the Samsung Galaxy S III in Germany, Spain, France, Italy and the UK and the full set of features requires a so called Music Hub Premium subscription which cots 9.99 Euro per month. Like HTC, Samsung is also working together with 7digital, a digital media delivery company with offices in London, Luxembourg and Los Angeles and operating globally, which is providing the catalog.
Cheers ~ Arne