Samsung hints at plans to take on iTunes, become top player in digital music and other content by 2016

Samsung hints at plans to take on iTunes, become top player in digital music and other content by 2016
Samsung senior exec has revealed internal targets to become one of the top four digital music providers globaly within three years, and also leverage other media content offerings under the Samsung brand, be it through in-house development, or direct buyouts.

Apple is heavily rumored to announce a music streaming service, so Samsung doesn't want to miss out on a piece of the $9 billion a year digital music pie. The interview with Kang Tae-jin, senior vice president of Samsung's Media Solution Center, says: "The message we're getting from the top is to raise software capability, and buy rather than build, if needed. Our focus on software is primarily aimed at driving hardware sales, rather than making money. We have a full range of handsets in so many countries, and, to better market our products, we thought it's better to start our own software business."

Samsung already preloads a full range of "Hubs" on its handsets, for music, video, books and games, and also bought mSpot recently. The Music Hub has about 19 million tunes catalog and offers streaming vs Apple's 28 million iTunes, but Kang said things will be changing:



source: Reuters

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22 Comments

1. StephenGal0p

Posts: 21; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

"Too proud", Samsung trying to be the top by 2016? ROFL. I'm still sticking with Amazon, or Xbox Music.. who wants a copycat to rule over your digital contents?

12. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

If anyone can actually pull it off in the mobile space at this time, its definitely Samsung and a little competition to Apple would only do the customers some good :)

2. asseek

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Samsung is willing to become the next Apple by 2016

3. StephenGal0p

Posts: 21; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

in their dreams only, unfortunately

6. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

I think they are already there...

15. MeoCao unregistered

SS of course wants to be in Apple's position and who don't? But SS weakest department is software. Just compare S-Voice to Siri and especially to Google Voice search to see that. So it's a tough job for SS, this is mobile ecosystem war and even MS is too late let alone SS.

16. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

you are right about the software but samsung has been around longer than ms. a relatively small hiccup actually. they have proved to be capable and all they need is more work and dedication

19. lzsbleach

Posts: 155; Member since: May 20, 2012

They need to hire some of the those people from XDA to get them started in there software business, we don't need crap we need perfection from Samsung.

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

This should be great fun, watching Sammy and Apple tussle it out. Another piece of news will be when Apple moves its chip business to a contract foundry. Anyone care to make a prediction when that will be?

5. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Interesting... Another attempt from samsung to be a dominant player in another industry. IMO, they are extremely competitive. Let's see what they can bring with the resources at their disposal.

7. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

If Samsung builds large enough media store, I think it could fork Android eventually..hmm..

9. StephenGal0p

Posts: 21; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Not a good thing. Google should break away from the stupid copycat company as soon as possible.

14. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

well, maybe it could force google to step up their game. anyways, i still root for both google and samsung.

21. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Well considering Samsung is 40% of Android market share Google will be a fool to let them go... How many of those 1.3 million activations a day do you think is android... Samsung estimates to sold 50million devices last quarter how many do you think was android... When you see android numbers rising who do you think is the majority number behind that... My guess it's Samsung so it will be foolish of Google to even consider getting rid of Samsung... Remember Google make there money of ads the more android out there the More money they make... Ps everyone copies everyone... Just look at the recent HTC phones and see how they look lumias... Look at ios and some of its features it copied from android and others... There is no one that that is copycat free... You are always going to be copying someone whether it's through look or by patents.

8. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

samsung have nothing to lose

10. samirsshah

Posts: 61; Member since: Mar 10, 2011

iTunes ignores Indian film music.

13. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

A perfect opportunity to serve an unmet need.

11. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Cheap plastic hardware will never be good enough to beat premium hardware and software. Am saying IOS=android (they're both awesome) but IOS > touchwized (raped) android. I have been using using cm10 on my S3 for a week and I luv stock android.

20. lzsbleach

Posts: 155; Member since: May 20, 2012

People like you always seem to complain about the plastic on Samsung devices, I don't really get why because 2 to 1 your going to have your phone in some type of phone case which is going to change the look and feel. That's like having a bad ass chick and shes always covered up like shes from the middles east, and how is the hardware cheap when apple uses some of the hardware made by Samsung.

22. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Guess what I would bet majority of those who by a tw phone love you it... Stock just doesn't provide some of the features that dating does... Again what may be rubbish to the tech enthusiasts are enjoyed by millions of normal consumers... Who do you think Samsung wants to sell to the larger the broad consumers or the minority of people who like to root etc... Not disagreeing with you that stock isn't good its why I use nova launcher to get the stock home look but I love the camera on the s3 and it's features compared to the limited camera of Android... Also love some features like direct call, flip to mute etc etc.. Yes some are gimmicks but some actually come very useful when phones start to get big

17. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Hmmm. Future could be anything. Wait and watch.

18. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

samsung is more like becoming an apple company as years go by, a similar digital music provider like itunes, s-voice(siri), s-dock(mac osx dock), touchwiz(ios). if only their bada os would be a hit, i'm sure they would ditch android and use their in-house os

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