It's official: Samsung will scrap the Music app, use Google Play Music as default

Today is the day when the Galaxy S8 and S8+ become in major markets across the world and Samsung has taken the time to announce that it has entered a special partnership with Google. Sammy will no longer include its own Music app on phones and will instead use Google Play Music as a default player.

Google Play Music, as you probably know, is not just a music player, but a portal to the Play Music service, which is a mix between a Spotify-like Internet radio and a cloud where you can store up to 50,000 of your favorite songs. It's fighting a pretty tough battle in a market, cornered by the deeply-rooted Spotify and the aggressive Apple Music.

The announcement by Samsung is nothing new per se — the Galaxy S7 also came with the Play Music app as the default music player, with the Sammy stock Music app nowhere to be seen on the device. It was one of the steps taken in the whole "TouchWiz thinning" process, which has been going on for the past couple of years. But, now that it's official, we assume the Samsung app will be completely gone from lower-tier devices as well. We are unsure whether it will be deleted on older devices via an OTA update, but we assume it will not.

Never before has music been more ingrained in our lives than it is now, in the mobile era. To help consumers more easily discover, enjoy and share music on their favorite devices, Samsung has partnered with Google Play Music, a music and podcast streaming service and online music locker.

Starting April 21, with the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Google Play Music* will be the default music player and music service on Android-based Samsung phones and tablets launched in 2017.** With the service, users can enjoy free curated radio and smart music recommendations based on their preferences, and can discover and subscribe to podcasts.

In addition, Samsung has also collaborated with Google Play Music to create exclusive features for users of the aforementioned devices. For example, users can upload and stream up to 100,000 songs from their own music collection on Google Play Music – twice the number available for general service users.

With the purchase of a Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ or Galaxy Tab S3 device, users will also receive a free three-month subscription to Google Play Music, and thus ad-free, on-demand access to over 40 million songs, as well as tailored playlists that cater to any mood or occasion. In addition, with access to YouTube Red (where available), users can enjoy ad-free videos during the trial period.



1. TerryTerius unregistered

The main thing I liked about the Samsung music app, was the ability to scroll through my music lists on the widget and pick a song. That was pretty useful. In any case, I can see why they are doing it and it makes sense to reduce duplicate apps.

2. nikhil23

Posts: 469; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

Personally, I prefer Samsung Music over play music for offline songs and play music and spotify to stream.

29. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009

I'm sorry


Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

I think its a great move! Now, if only Google would scrap Play Music and use Poweramp instead.

3. Seany

Posts: 94; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

You can still download the Samsung music app from their own app store as I did. I don't mind this but I wish Google would overhaul the look of their music app as it looks dated with the design and horrible orange colours

10. maherk

Posts: 6960; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That has been the case for more than a year now, their phones now come without the music and video apps, but if you want them, you can always install them from the Galaxy App or Play stores.

13. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Nucleo UI Icon Pack is Material Design done right, I've lost all hope for Google's in-house graphic designer with the Play Services icons. How the hell do you AIDS so hard with an app icon it breaks the application itself? I've had Play Music crash in the background when I was out on a walk, that's unacceptable.

16. bucknassty

Posts: 1353; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

i'm glad i'm not the only one whose eyes burn with that app

4. Nonsholant

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 18, 2016

This is a good look by Samsung. Hopefully, said move entices Google to put a little more effort into the Google Play Music app & the overall experience!


Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

Google - destroying what's good every once in a while. I don't even own a Samsung device, and I'm disgusted by this move

6. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 593; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

NOOOOOOOOOO. I used the stock Google Music Player and Samsungs and the Samsung one is way better. Thank god as Seany mentioned you can download the Samsung one from the app store.

7. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Samsung music is way better

8. talon95

Posts: 1000; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

If only they could sell Bixby to Google and get rid of that as well. Chances are that it won't fly either. Why must they keep messing with duplicate apps.

9. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 593; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Because as you can see in previous comments some people prefer the other version not everyone is a fan of google music. I prefer using S Notes more than the Google Keep app and Samsung music player than Google's. The more duplicate apps the more choices you have and then just disabled what you dont use. Simple.

24. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1578; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Because most of Samsung's apps are better than Google's. Samsung is Android, they add features and Google follows for stock Android.

30. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"Why must they keep messing with duplicate apps." I'm very glad that they keep offering alternatives to google's services. I don't need nor want google eaves-dropping on all my personal content and using it for ads. With Samsung and other OEMs providing their own apps for e-mail, calendar, notes, messaging, music, photos, videos, camera, internet browsing, etc, I can disable/ditch google's spyware services and still get those tasks done, sometimes in even better ways (e.g. google play music sucks ass IMO, see why in post #23 below). All of that, without having to go searching for alternatives on the Play Store; not that that is difficult, just not as convenient and integrated as what OEMs like Samsung offer. If I were like you who doesn't seem to give a crap about privacy, then I too would have almost no reason to use third party apps. But alas, I do care about privacy and that was part of the reason I never used an Android phone until 2014, in which Privacy Guard came with the OnePlus One. Would still be using jailbroken iPhones till today if the OnePlus One never showed up. In the end, I think it's best they keep providing their alternate services to google's spyware services. Live the choice of which to use and which to disable to the consumer, that's the beauty of Android; options. If consumers didn't care about their great alternate services, they'd get a stock Android device, which IMO, is a pitifully-limited and boring experience, almost as bad as stock iOS.

11. Firenze91

Posts: 206; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

Samsung, what have you done to yourself? Bad idea, really bad idea...Google music app is plain boring...i never ever use it....the worst equaliser, you can't share music from the player, just the worst and don't forget how pure ugly it is....

12. Firenze91

Posts: 206; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

I guess I'm gonna keep my S6 edge longer now...i have nougat on it so i don't see the reason to upgrade anyway

17. LyannaStark

Posts: 91; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

I just upgraded from an s6 Edge, and honestly, there is a huge difference between the two. The s8 is a really nice phone.

14. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

VLC for all my music and videos, seriously Google sod off with your hideous first party designs.

15. max1c

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

Thank God. Now hoping to do the same for a bunch of other useless apps that Samsung provides.

18. LyannaStark

Posts: 91; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

I only really use Google Play anyway.

19. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

I'm using Samsung Music and Spotify. Google Play Music UI looks ugly

20. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1578; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I feel this is old news, Samsung's music app isn't on my S7.

21. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1832; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I prefer the samsung music app over the google play one... it's just to messy... Glad we can still download the sammy one's in their app store...

22. Arthurhkt

Posts: 725; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

As a owner of Nexus, I fear that sooner later on Android will be become Google Android instead of "open" Android. It has lost the beauty of Android, which is not only user customizable, but also unique to each OEM version. Sooner later everything will be only Stock like. I guess I better look at Chinese ROM now.

25. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

And it's sad to see shortsighted, yet popular tech reviewers (MKBHD comes to mind) asking for such lame and privacy-invading stock Android experience from all OEMs ( ) instead of simply going to get a stock Android device...

34. Arthurhkt

Posts: 725; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Imagine if everything is going to stock apps and most of the major OEM is going this road, I guess 2 or 3 year later there won't be any TouchWiz, LG UX, Sony UI, Sense, ZenUI and EMUI, everything is simply "stock".

23. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Well, if they scrap it, I'll just install Power Amp on my Note 8 and disable that POS called google play music, just like I did on my OnePlus One. Google Play Music has been a stupidly dull and buggy experience ever since I got my OnePlus One in 2014. Out of nowhere, it'll be removing songs from my offline play list as if the play list file got corrupt or something. Probably another of their intentional gimps to force you into putting your data in their hands. I opened the exact same offline playlist file in Power Amp and everything is there and recognized without any problems. On top of that, it's lacking lyrics support, its UI is just an eyesore to look at IMO, and if you block its internet access like I did (local library FTW), you'll be getting random notifications of it crashing in the background 'cause it couldn't call home to tell google what you're listening to. Screw off with that...

26. bfuller2006

Posts: 85; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

aww...i like the samsung music especially how the change dit on the s8 its pretty with the scrolling color keyed lines that move around the screen.

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