Samsung Music Hub vs iTunes vs Google Music vs Zune vs Spotify vs other music services comparison

Samsung Music Hub vs iTunes vs Google Music vs Zune vs Spotify vs other music services comparison
Samsung entered the cloud music game today with quite the comprehensive Music Hub Premium service, which comes with a bang, combining the best of all worlds - subscription service for millions of tunes with unlimited streaming, scan-to-match for your own music library, and a digital locker with the generous 100GB of storage for rare unmatched tunes or personal creations, among other features like custom radio stations.

It is all part of the new strategy to focus on what you can do with your device, rather than just its hardware prowess. The company ramped up its software engineering department, and is going on an acquisition spree, part of which is the mSpot purchase, rapidly integrated in the existing Music Hub that used to be simply a store powered by 7Digital’s 19 million tunes catalog.

Well, now we have Music Hub Premium, which will grace the first batches of the newly released Samsung Galaxy S III, meaning it will be first available in UK, France and Germany, but should roll to many more markets and Samsung devices in the months ahead.

The main take is that Samsung’s music offering, which might not have been considered a threat before by big players like iTunes, now measures up with the best out there, and might be a matter of time until the rest feel its tangible presence. That’s why we thought we’d compare some of the existing streaming and/or locker music services, and discover how the new Music Hub stacks up.

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17 Comments

1. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

Google Music seems to the best package.... Being free tipping the scales.

6. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Unless you dont live in the US

2. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

SPOTIFY FTW!!!!!!

15. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

eh nokia music is by far better for windows phones

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

google music wins for everything it does have. It has constant sales on GOOD music, its free, available on any platform with a browser or android app, tons of free storage, no DRM, and the highest quality 320kb platform. The samsung app seams like its going to be a great alternative for non US markets, especially since samsung dominates in so many of them. If it comes to the US, it will be welcomed, but will probably never be as big as iTunes or even G-Music. Of course, I welcome the ability to paruze through the other 6 million or so songs that I'm missing in G-Music.

4. GuiltyBystander

Posts: 199; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Google music wins. Also, there's a "trick" that allows people from outside the US to use it.

5. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Im a spotify fan personally. Like Zune it has the subscription service, but the catalog is a lot better, the paid version of Spotify offers 320kbps streams (but can be lowered to save data if needed), and has a lot of great features. The samsung music hub thing looks good though, but I hope its available on other androids, I cant see it being a big player if its only on Samsungs.

7. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

I think it comes down to personal preference , I really like iTunes and Zune, both for different reasons

8. kayeeman566

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

Best on is Androids "free music downloader" why pay when free

9. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

Why pay at all? Streaming music via android apps ftw!

10. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Spotify is my main service. LOVE my Spotify.

11. deacz

Posts: 162; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

Yea gotta hand it to spotify awesome app cant wait for the icecream update

12. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

you can get it now from their site. i've been using it for weeks. such a major improvement i must say. o:

13. TechnoProdigy

Posts: 5; Member since: May 08, 2012

Wheres the love for rhapsody???

14. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

I didn't think Nokia Music was available in the USA? I'd like Spotify more if it wasn't so integrated with facebook.

16. Riven

Posts: 25; Member since: May 25, 2012

Google Music all the way, i'm up to 8,500 songs and i have like 50 gigs of music, geez this is awesome and as far as "catalog" well...this IS the INTERNET right? all you young kids dont remember the good ol Napster days *Wink*Wink*

17. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

dont know about the service but the girl is so beautiful

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