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."
Milk Music offers 200 genre stations, personalization options, 13M songs
Samsung is offering owners of its Galaxy mobile devices in the United States a free streaming music service. Milk Music will let users listen to more than 200 genre-based and ad-free music stations, using a catalog of more than 13 million tracks to generate playlists, with the additional option of generating personal stations based on favorite songs and albums.
Kevin Rose said jumping to Google for unknown work
Digg's founder and Milk co-creator Kevin Rose was said Thursday to have been hired on at Google. An AllThingsD tip had him starting work at the company on Monday along with "some others" at the company. What his role would be at Google, or what would happen to Milk, wasn't evident early on.
Oink shuts down under claims of test
Tech idea incubator Milk posted notice Wednesday that it was shutting down its local rating service Oink. While the iOS app had already stopped checking for new updates, the company told users they would have until March 31 before the site and existing content would be taken down. The company argued that Oink was its "first test" in quickly building ideas and that it wanted focus as it was "preparing to move onto the next project."
Oink now ready to download for iOS
Kevin Rose's startup Milk acted on its promise and posted its first app project, Oink (free, App Store). The iOS app serves as a way of recommending particular products at a location, such as a meal or a theme park ride, and ranks them based on the number of votes. Users can search for whatever's best in a given area, and they can favorite, vote down, or give a 'so-so' rank if they think an item ranks in between.