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Samsung shutting Milk Music, quashes rumor about Tidal purchase

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Samsung shutting Milk Music, quashes rumor about Tidal purchase
Amid talk that Samsung is going to shut down its streaming music service Milk Music, another rumor has surfaced. The buzz around the water cooler is that Samsung is going to purchase Jay Z's Tidal Music. Replacing Milk Music with Tidal would probably be additive for Samsung, although both are relatively small compared to leaders like Spotify, Pandora and Apple.

Today's report notes that the free tier of Milk Music has brought in some subscribers for Sammy, but the paid service has not done well at all. While that works for Spotify (the vast majority of the latter's subscribers belong to its free ad-supported tier), it didn't do much financially for the smartphone manufacturer. It certainly didn't help Samsung sell phones.

Samsung has told Variety that it is not looking to purchase Tidal. Jay Z purchased the music streamer last year for $56 million. In the last nine months, the service has had three CEOs and just let go of its COO and CFO. That's not to say that there haven't been some good moments for the streamer. It recently secured the exclusive for Kanye West's new album, "The Life of Pablo." Earlier this year, Tidal drew 1 million new subscribers by releasing Rhianna's "Anti" album before other streamers. Samsung was part of that promotion which started talk that the company was interested in buying Tidal.

If Samsung closes Milk Music, which seems likely, the question is what service it has in mind to replace it. Tidal is not the answer.

source: Variety (1), (2) via SlashGear

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posted on 05 Mar 2016, 19:13 16

1. ctdog4748 (Posts: 120; Member since: 05 Mar 2016)


"Milk Music". Milk. What an ugly name for a music service, it deserves to close based on name alone.

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 19:31 4

2. hwb01 (Posts: 265; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


It's because milk is fresh and so is the music on milk music.

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 19:35 4

3. drunkenjay (Posts: 860; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


and you want to milk it.

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 19:44 7

4. Commentator (Posts: 3669; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Milk is only fresh when it's fresh. Then it spoils...

Maybe they'll come back with S Music or something.

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 21:07 7

6. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12117; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Sounds like spoiled lumpy milk *cough*TouchWiz*cough*

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 23:20 3

8. Subie (Posts: 546; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


Sounds like your a little salty when it comes to *cough*TouchWiz*cough* :)

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 10:09

18. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12117; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I'm not. The many users who complain about TouchWiz can vouch for my comment.

I'm not like the alpha idiot/geek who whines and complains whenever someone makes fun of Blackberry.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 05:12

13. saif2711 (Posts: 69; Member since: 22 Feb 2016)


Seriously very funny..trolol

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 20:31 1

5. Punchy506 (Posts: 70; Member since: 10 Jan 2016)


Too bad my s7e is still coming with it preinstalled

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 22:10 2

7. Planterz (Posts: 2038; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Milk was great for a while, because it was ad-free (one of its touted features). Then they added adds, and it was no different than any other streaming app. Great music selection though, via Slacker. If you liked Milk, check out Slacker.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 02:39 3

9. hellonerds (Posts: 313; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


about time this milk expires

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 03:49 3

10. namesib (Posts: 97; Member since: 08 Feb 2015)


"Samsung shutting Milk Music"

"If Samsung closes Milk Music, which seems likely"

So which is it? If you continue with these misleading, clickbaity or outright lies for titles I'm going to go to another website for phone news. I'm getting tired of the unreliable 'journalism' on this site.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 04:01 2

11. vijay.alapati (Posts: 133; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


All i can say is PA

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 04:02 1

12. vijay.alapati (Posts: 133; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


posted on 06 Mar 2016, 05:13

14. saif2711 (Posts: 69; Member since: 22 Feb 2016)


Time to use cow milk instead.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 10:17

15. DmitrLP (Posts: 293; Member since: 18 Sep 2015)


I've never heard of this "milk music" thing and what i've heard about Tidal is that it's a rip off for artists and a scam.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 12:16 1

16. bubbadoes (Posts: 815; Member since: 03 May 2012)


yet another Failed product; chat on. milk music. gear.
"Samsung's software and services, on the other hand, have always been the company's weak point, offering a clunky, unattractive experience that is laden with useless, gimmicky features. Samsung is able to get away with bad software because few other companies excluding the fruit company can deliver the sheer power that Samsung products offer."

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 14:05

17. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 450; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


Tidal is so obviously just an attempt by Jay Z to pump up the price of it by making it seem successful by having his buddies launch first on it and then get bought out for 10x what he gave and then Tidal will just expire like old milk since noone will give a f**k about it, just like now. Hope no tech company is dumb enough to buy such a waste of music streaming "service". It's just a cash grab for that greedy n**ro.

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