Samsung plans to expand its cloud-based Music Hub service. Currently, the service only works on Samsung’s Galaxy S III and Note II smartphones. According to TheNextWeb, the Korean smartphone giant plans to introduce the service to more devices, including those made by other manufacturers.
According to TJ Kang, Senior Vice President, Samsung Media Services, the initial plan for Music Hub is to introduce the service to Samsung’s other devices, including phones, tablets and Smart TVs. The company is also planning to expand the service on to other countries, as at the moment, it is only available in six countries.
This could potentially pit Samsung against the big-wigs of music services such as Spotify, Amazon and Google. Sony, on the other hand, offers its own music service, dubbed Music Unlimited, on its own hardware, iOS devices, non-Sony Android devices and desktop computers.
Samsung plans to expand its Music Hub service
According to Kang, a wider rollout of the Music Hub for Samsung hardware depends on territory-specific deals with music labels. It also depends on the release schedule of the company's flagship devices this year. Kang hasn't given any time frame for the release of Music Hub on a bigger scale.
Music Hub is a cloud-based service that combines the user's library with online streaming and radio features, much like Spotify. If you have a Samsung Galaxy S III or a Galaxy Note II, you can grab the Music Hub app from the Google Play store.
Back in November, Google had launched its own music service, dubbed Google Music. Competing with the likes of Apple’s iTunes store, Google Music lets users discover, purchase and share a full play of the song with your pals on Google+. Google also offers some exclusive content and an area termed ‘Artist Hub’ for budding as well as popular artists. Taking its Music Beta a step further, the new service promises that music friends would spend more time listening to their favourite songs rather than managing them.
Google Music allows syncing your music collection with all your devices. A new music store has been added to the Android Market, which is completely integrated with Google Music. Users can lay their hands on more than 13 million tracks from Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI, independent agency Merlin and more than 1,000 prominent independent labels. Using a computer or Android device, you can purchase individual songs or albums that are instantly added to the Music library.
The exclusivity of some content offered by Google Music makes it unavailable anywhere else. Most of this content is said to be free. The list includes Brussels Affair (Live, 1973), which was never released before, free live recording of ‘Every Teardrop is a waterfall’ by Coldplay, Shakira’s Live EP and ‘What can We do’ (feat Anastasia) among others.
The Artist Hub allows artists with essential rights to distribute their music. The interface can be used to build artist page, upload original tracks, set prices and also sell content. Google Music is currently available only in the US through market.android.com and is slated to release in the Android Market for devices running on Android 2.2 or above.
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