Los Angeles Times
Samsung Electronics, the Korean giant known for making TVs and cellphones, has launched a digital music streaming service in the U.S. that would compete with the likes of well established rivals Spotify and Rhapsody.
New York Times Media Decoder
"Using technology from mSpot — a streaming start-up that Samsung bought earlier this month — and in partnership with another music company, 7digital, Music Hub will offer 19 million songs for download, which can be stored free in cloud lockers."
“(Music Hub) is an all-in-one assault on all the major online music selling formats, offers streaming, radio recommendations, storing your own music in the cloud and a music store.”
“the Galaxy S III will be shipped with access to the Music Hub — an iTune's like service allowing users to listen to music as well as buy and store it. Samsung said the service has a 19-million song catalog.”
"The new bit of software, humbly dubbed Samsung Music Hub, lets you stream unlimited tracks from Samsung's library of 19 million songs, so long as you splash out £10 per month for the premium version."
"Samsung's clearly taking a holistic approach with Music Hub, and it'll be a standard feature on its phones going forward (plus potentially Smart TVs and even Fridges). It might not just be restricted to its own hardware eco-system either, with some talk of it coming to other mobile devices in the future, officially, this time."
"The company announced that its purchase of web-based media provider mSpot earlier this month formed the groundwork for the Music Hub."
“Samsung's approach with the Music Hub is to create a music streaming locker service that takes on everyone in the industry. At the moment the only reason not to recommend it over services like Spotify or Lastfm or which ever music service you currently use is that it is only available on the browser or on the Samsung Galaxy S III.”
Eliot Van Buskirk
“We believe that today’s mobile market must have an open mobile music system — one that offers all kinds of services across different devices. Music Hub removes all the barriers to your music,” added mSpot CEO Daren Tsui. (Evolver.fm)
"...the Korean giant has decided to shun over-the-top brands such as Spotify and build an own-brand service. Samsung's new Music Hub instantly looks much more impressive than previous efforts, and attempts to integrate streaming, downloads and a locker."