Samsung Music Hub Premium launches with the Galaxy S III to take on iTunes with 100GB of cloud storage

Samsung Music Hub Premium launches with the Galaxy S III to take on iTunes with 100GB of cloud storage
Samsung just reveled that it is launching its own cloud storage music service with the first batches of the Galaxy S III that went on sale today in Europe. It builds on the Music Hub we've known for a while on Samsung smartphones, but adds Premium to the title, and a price tag.

For 9.99 Euros or pounds sterling a month, you will have unlimited streaming from 7Digital's catalog of more than 19 million songs, or you can buy them with prices comparable to iTunes, and have them available for offline listening, while the free version of the app allows you 30-second song previews. 

Leveraging Samsung's mSpot buyout, the paid Music Hub Premium will also allow you to upload your own music to the cloud and then stream it from there to your PC or up to five mobile devices - storage space for your unmatched songs is the whopping 100GB, a big upgrade from  the 5GB mSpot used to offer for free before the acquisition. 

You can also build customized radio stations to your preferences, and your music collection is recognized by the scan-and-match method, like iTunes Match, so you probably won't have to upload every single one of your files, unless they are very rare or homemade tracks. An added bonus is that Samsung's service can actually sync with your iTunes catalog, so you can have the songs there on your Music Hub as well.

T.J. Kang, senior VP of Samsung Electronics' Media Solution Center, said in an interview for Reuters that this is the first time that the company had built its own music service from the ground up:
Apps for other platforms are being developed, and the new Music Hub will be later available on other Samsung phones like the Galaxy S II or the Note. Samsung is envisioning a grand future for its cloud music service, as it will be available on its Smart TVs and even smart fridges down the road.

It surely sounds like the most complete music service so far, combining both subscription and scan-and-match, so we can't wait to see what Samsung might be prepping for its Video Hub nugget.


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