Samsung shutting Milk Music, quashes rumor about Tidal purchase

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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17 Comments

1. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

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

2. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

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

3. drunkenjay

Posts: 1647; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

and you want to milk it.

4. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Milk is only fresh when it's fresh. Then it spoils... Maybe they'll come back with S Music or something.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

8. Subie

Posts: 2303; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

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

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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.

13. saif2711

Posts: 69; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

Seriously very funny..trolol

5. Punchy506

Posts: 129; Member since: Jan 10, 2016

Too bad my s7e is still coming with it preinstalled

7. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

9. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

about time this milk expires

10. namesib

Posts: 97; Member since: Feb 08, 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.

11. vijay.alapati

Posts: 181; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

All i can say is PA

12. vijay.alapati

Posts: 181; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

14. saif2711

Posts: 69; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

Time to use cow milk instead.

16. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 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."

17. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 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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