updated 02:41 pm EDT, Fri April 18, 2014
Free service will gain advertising, $3.99 subscription will be ad-free
Samsung will be offering a premium version of its Milk Music service to its users in the future, the phone manufacturer has revealed. Launched last month as a free service for Galaxy smartphone owners, Samsung will soon introduce advertising to free accounts, adding an option to remove advertising priced at $3.99 per month, with premium subscribers said to be receiving some unnamed "exclusive features."
The US-only music service uses a central circular dial, providing access to more than 200 genre-based stations, using a catalog of more than 13 million tracks. A Spotlight section uses a curated list of popular stations, with a "My Stations" listing offering further personalization. Users can skip tracks up to a total of six times on a specific station per hour, a "Never Play Song" listing blacklists a track from being played again across all stations, and the app also keeps track of the last 500 songs played by the user.
Samsung Milk Music
Samsung has not revealed exactly when the premium service will be introduced, but will be offering free accounts an introductory period of ad-free usage.