updated 06:22 am EDT, Tue May 29, 2012
Samsung turns its attention to iTunes
Following the international launch of its Galaxy S III flagship, Samsung has also launched its new Music Hub Premium service to compete with Apple's iTunes and iTunes Match. The new cloud-based subscription music service aims to put Samsung on a more even footing with Apple in terms of the content and services that it offers users. For 10 euros a month subscribers can access up to 19 million songs, while also offering a Scan and Match Cloud Locker functionality giving them remote access to tunes that they already own.
The new Music Hub service will initially be available only on the Galaxy S III, although Samsung says that it will be eventually offered across its devices, including a version for iOS (emulating Sony's Music Unlimited service for Android, which is also available to iOS users). Powered by recent Samsung acquisition mSpot, the new music service will be available through a browser-based app, and on up to five devices.
For unmatched tunes, Samsung will offer users up to 100GB of cloud-based storage. The service also includes personal radio and programmed stations, genre stations as well as recommendations based on a user's listening habits. Users can download tunes and listen to them offline, while they will also have the option to access their library through www.musichub.com.