Samsung Galaxy S3 Music Hub take on iTunes, Spotify
The Samsung Galaxy S3 already looks like a Phone of the Year contender seeing off the likes of the HTC One X and arguably the iPhone 4S, but Samsung doesn’t want to stop there. A Samsung Galaxy Music Hub accessible from the device will compete with iTunes and Spotify by letting users stream an unlimited number of tracks from Samsung’s growing music library.
The Music Hub will let Samsung Galaxy S3 owners pay to stream any songs from its 19 million-strong catalogue of tunes. Initially the service will only be available to Samsung Galaxy S3 owners at a price of £9.99 per month, but the plan is to expand the Music Hub to other smartphones and Samsung’s Smart connected TVs going forward.
Like on Apple’s iTunes music store, Samsung Galaxy S3 Music Hub users will be able to listen to previews of music tracks, but unlike iTunes, Galaxy S3 users will be able to stream an unlimited number of tracks, and bring their entire library over to their own Music Hub. With the popularity of music streaming as the favoured choice of listening by many, Samsung’s music service could potentially have the drop on similar services.
Other Music Hub features are said to include music recommendations, and the chance to create customised radio stations. For now the Music Hub would be limited to the Samsung Galaxy S3, but Samsung hopes to have a Music Hub for iOS devices, putting the Music Hub on Apple’s iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad.
The £9.99 price point sits sensibly in line with similar streaming services with similar deals at the same price, but Samsung will have to show that its Music Hub can offer just as much in features. Check out our latest music streaming guide below to see how some of the best music streaming services compare.