Samsung launched a new radio streaming service in the United States today called Milk Music which is available to select Galaxy smartphones and tablets. The service is free for now, does not have any ads, and users don’t have to log in to use it.
Milk Music is now available at the Google Play store and is initially available in the United States. Samsung announced that it will make it available worldwide at a later date. The app allows users to access 200 radio stations which have a library of more than 13 million songs. It also functions as a jukebox allowing anyone to create a customized playlist based on genre or artist.
This latest service of samsung is powered by Slacker Radio and in fact users can install the Slacker Radio app if they want access to the same songs available on their Galaxy device on a non-Galaxy device. The app however comes with ads in its free version and if you don’t want to see any of these you would have to pay $4 a month.
Milk Music is a direct competitor to Apple’s iTunes Radio service which is available for free with ads or $24.99 without ads. Daren Tsui, vice president of music at Samsung Media Solutions, says that right now there is still no option to buy music however the possibility is currently being studied. The app is compatible with the AllShare feature and allows music to be streamed to TV sets and other compatible devices.
This isn’t the first music streaming service offered by the company as it also did the same last July 2012. The service allowed users to purchase and download songs from a library of 19 million tracks. Unfortunately, that service shut down last January.
This new music streaming service however is expected to appeal to a wider range of audience. Right now there is an estimated 80 million people who listen to free radio music streaming while there are only 10 million people who pay for such service.
Chris Martinez, director of services planning for Samsung Telecommunications America, says that Milk Music is different from other radio streaming services since it doesn’t force users to log in to it or even register. “Other services have too many ads, too many interruptions,” he said. “Milk Music is instant, intuitive and an entertaining way to dial into signature music, and it’s ad-free.”