Samsung has launched what it is billing as a first of its kind, all-in-one mobile music service designed initially for use only with its Galaxy S3 handsets.
The service is based on technology developed by mSpot, a company recently acquired by Samsung and promises consumers easier and more complete access to music via their mobiles. Or in Samsung’s own words it “vastly simplifies and enhances the everyday experience of listening to music”.
Whether that claim chimes with the user experience remains to be seen with the hub only available with the very newly released and keenly anticipated Galaxy S3 smartphone devices. But there will in any case be a catalogue of some 19 million songs available for purchase via the system, which allows for free 30-second previews of all songs and can be upgraded to include unlimited streaming for £9.99 per month.You can also play any songs established in your Samsung Music Hub library at any time via your PC and you can use the system to listen to the radio as well.
“With the new Music Hub, we’re bringing the joy back to music – listening, collecting and sharing,” said TJ Kang, senior vice president of Samsung Electronics’ Media Solution Center. “When you ask yourself, ‘what do I want to listen to?’ there is now one simple answer, for every mood, every place and everyone.”
Samsung was keen to emphasise that its new music streaming and downloading solution was designed specifically for use with mobile phone devices like its Galaxy S3. The idea ultimately however is to see it rolled out with a variety of other Samsung handsets not yet on the market.
The release of the Samsung Galaxy S3 was among the most keenly anticipated consumer technology launches of the year so far in light of the remarkable popularity of its earlier iterations in the same series. Its handsets in fact have proven vastly more popular than any rival devices that run on the Android operating systems. They even managed to surpass the popularity in terms of the number of units sold worldwide of the still much in demand iPhones from Apple.