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Samsung Launches Music Hub in the U.S. on the Galaxy S3, Verizon Not Participating as Usual

Samsung announced this morning that their Music Hub service is now available on the Galaxy S3 here in the U.S. It’s a “3-in-1 mobile music solution” that lets you upload your music collection to the cloud, stream, and purchase songs from their catalog which is supported by all 4 major record labels. With its introduction, Samsung is giving all Galaxy S3 users a free 30-day trial, which we assume means for their premium package which normally runs $9.99 a month. Once that 30-day trial is up, there is a free service that can be used as well, to purchase music from.

If you are an AT&T or US Cellular customer, you can grab the Music Hub from the Google Play store today and get to jammin’. If you are on Verizon, Sprint, or T-Mobile, you do not have access to the service…at all. We aren’t sure why Sprint and T-Mobile were left out of the fun, but I think we all know why Verizon customers get no love. Do we need to bring up Google Wallet again? What about the 50GB Dropbox promo that was supposed to accompany the Galaxy S3? Yeah, you get the point. 

Samsung Mobile Launches Music Hub in U.S. on Galaxy S III with a

Free 30-Day Trial 

3-in-1 mobile music solution lets you upload your music collection to the cloud, stream and purchase songs from an extensive catalog, and listen to personal radio 

DALLAS (July 31, 2012) — Samsung Music Hub – the first completely integrated, all-in-one mobile music service – is now available in the U.S. on the Galaxy S® III. Music Hub simplifies and enhances the everyday experience of listening to music. The mobile music service provides a rich music experience for everyone whether users are an avid collector wanting easy access to their own music collection, someone with ever-changing music tastes, that likes to sample a broad selection of music and genres or who prefers radio.

A free 30-day trial of the service will be extended to new Music Hub users in the U.S. New subscribers also will be able to choose a free album that will be instantly available on their Galaxy S III and can also be uploaded to their personal music collections on the internet.

“We’re redefining mobile music by offering a more integrated experience on the handset and lifting the barriers to your music.  Our service encompasses all music including your own collection in the cloud, a robust streaming catalog that is seamlessly integrated with a music store, and a personal radio service that caters to all of your music moods and genres,” said TJ Kang, senior vice president of the media services team for Samsung. “By providing a free album and trial, we hope Galaxy S III owners will experience for themselves a new, intuitive and easy way to discover music.”

Based on the technology services of mSpot, a leading mobile content service provider recently acquired by Samsung, the new Music Hub service will initially be available on Samsung Galaxy S III devices sold through leading U.S. carriers. Galaxy S III users can access the application directly on select handsets and via the Samsung App Store or Google Play. More information on accessing Music Hub on select handsets can be found at: http://www.samsung.com/us/article/music-hub-all-the-music-you-want-all-in-one-place. This pairing with the Galaxy S III is ideal as the overall Music Hub experience has been optimized and specifically designed for mobile devices. Advanced streaming and downloading options let users save storage space, play music when offline, and cut down on mobile data usage. Audio settings are designed to prolong battery life and ensure smooth streaming even under spotty network coverage.

The Music Hub service will be offered as both a free and premium version.

Music Hub Store (free) allows users to:

  • Access millions of songs from the 7digital catalog – which includes music from all four major labels (Sony, EMI, Universal, and Warner), plus select independents– from which users can buy tracks and albums, as well as listen to 30-second previews of all songs
  • Store purchased music in the cloud, allowing it to automatically load on all registered Music Hub devices, while still being available on those registered devices locally for offline listening
  • Use the Music Hub web player, in addition to the mobile app, with which users can access their music library and the Music Hub catalog/store online atwww.musichub.com

Music Hub Premium ($9.99 per month, with a free 30-day trial offered) offers access to all of the free version features, as well as:

  • A Scan & Match Cloud Locker: Upload music to the cloud to play it on any device registered with a Music Hub account. Music Hub also utilizes scan-and-match technology to decrease upload time and ensure high-quality playback. Any unmatched songs are directly uploaded from user’s library to the cloud offering 100 GB of storage for all unmatched songs, so users can access rare or personal recordings across their devices. Music Hub also automatically updates playlists or music purchases music updated across all registered devices.
  • A catalog of millions of songs for purchase AND streaming: Enjoy full access to 7digital’s entire Music Hub catalog, including music from all four major labels, to stream or purchase, with unlimited plays and no advertisements. Search for new music, create playlists, share songs with friends, and view lyrics and album information.
  • Personalized and Custom Radio: Create personal stations based on favorite songs and artists, or browse genre stations recommended and custom-created by the Music Hub team. Users also can tag songs they like to find and play back later.
  • Customized Recommendations: Discover great new songs, artists, albums and radio stations all the time – and the more users listen, the better Music Hub’s recommendations will get.

Samsung, Music Hub, Galaxy and Galaxy S are all trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

About Samsung Telecommunications America

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, (Samsung Mobile) a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets, wireless infrastructure and other telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

About mSpot

mSpot is a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., which was formed in 2004 and acquired by Samsung in 2012. A provider of innovative music and video delivery service for mobile devices, the company has been offering white-labeled cloud entertainment services for mobile carriers such as AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. It also has its own brand services available in the Android Marketplace or App Store. For more information, go to www.mspotcorporate.com

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2011 consolidated sales of US$143.1 billion. Employing approximately 206,000 people in 197 offices across 72 countries, the company operates two separate organizations to coordinate its nine independent business units: Digital Media & Communications, comprising Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, and Digital Imaging; and Device Solutions, consisting of Memory, System LSI and LED. Recognized for its industry-leading performance across a range of economic, environmental and social criteria, Samsung Electronics was named the world’s most sustainable technology company in the 2011 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

About 7digital Limited

7digital is a leading digital content technology company based in London. Through 7digital’s download store (http://www.7digital.com ) and mobile applications, consumers can access over 19 million legal high quality music tracks, as well as audiobooks and videos, at competitive prices across Europe, North America and beyond. Combining 7digital’s secure and robust technology platform with the broadest agreements in the digital media industry, the company provides comprehensive digital download and streaming services to a wide range of partners and brands around the world.  7digital’s enterprise level Application Programming Interface (API) is used by 300 partners globally, including Samsung’s Music Hub.

  • http://www.facebook.com/justcarney Justin Carney

    Why are carrier’s hell bent on micro-managing our experience?! It breeds resentment. We are carrying around incredibly capable devices, but they feel they have the right to control how we use them. How nice would it be if they operated like a broadband services company and let use these smartphone the way that fits our lives.

  • nospaces

    What’s with the small s3 on the left in that picture?

  • SeanBello

    free Play Music with offline support? who cares anyway? it’s glorified bloatware

  • me

    Will the dev version of the gs3 be affected by Verizon’s politics?

  • fixxmyhead

    meanwhile u people still keep giving them gobs of money every month after seeing so many headlines like these. seriously when will u people learn

  • krusty46

    While I had no desire to actually use the app, I called Verizon and told them it came preinstalled on my phone but never worked and I just met someone with the same phone on AT&T and it worked on theirs…why won’t it work on mine. According to Verizon, it has nothing to do with them and I should contact Google as it’s a Google issue and Verizon has no control over what software Google ships the phone out with. I then asked why VZ Navigator was there…(pause for silence by Verizon rep)…that was placed on the phone by Google at Verizon request.
    I always thought that Samsung made the phone, hence Music Hub, a Samsung app was there. Guess I was wrong. And remember that Verizon has no control over the bloatware on your phone.
    I am not surprised at the BS response I got and I didn’t have the heart to mention DropBox or Google Wallet as I would have just further aggravated myself–this was meant to give me a laugh and have fun f’ing with the Verizon reps whiel I had nothing to do for 15 minutes:-)

  • Kc

    Just another annoying Verizon screw up. They want to me

    use less data but deleted the fm radio from the i9300 version so know I have to use tunein radio to listing to local radio stations

  • Bamajag

    This just in from VZW. “F you customer!!! Again. BOHICA!”

  • TimothyLMJR

    Keep in mind Sprint and T-Mobile don’t have it yet. Hopefully it comes soon.

    • Hunter

      “If you are on Verizon, Sprint, or T-Mobile, you do not have access to the service…at all.”

      Yea they covered that…..

      • TimothyLMJR

        Missed it, my bad. :P

        • Hunter

          tis all good

  • cgalyon

    Like others have said, the service doesn’t appear especially necessary, but more options are usually good for the consumer. Meanwhile, Verizon’s continued behavior toward its customers is just terrible. Once my contract is up, and assuming Verizon hasn’t changed any, then I’ll be going to one of the prepaid options (e.g., StraightTalk). Hopefully they’ll have changed, though, as I enjoy their coverage and speed.

  • SITH77

    GOD DOES VERIZON BLOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    hea BTW its now end of july WHERES ICS FOR REZOUND AHOLES !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Guest

    F*CK VERIZON!

  • Dave

    Does anyone else think Samsung will try one day to replace most, if not all, of Google’s services?

    “Introducing…Soogle. A new search engine from Samsung!”

  • ssr66902

    Verizon isn’t participating because services like these will reveal it’s Shared Data Plans to be nothing short of money makers for the company and of no particular benefit to their customers. A public relations nightmare is what it would be.

    • krusty46

      Probably because then you won’t purchase music from Verizon and they’d lose revenue. Do they even have a music service for the S3?

  • New_Guy

    Why are the phones in the picture different sizes…

  • trixnkix637

    I was able to get the 50gb Dropbox promo, by logging into the dropbox app from a Sprint SIII.

  • paladaxar

    I keep waiting for the day that I see the headline:
    “Verizon Wireless gets a new CEO — vows suck less from now on”

    • Go Hawkeyes

      Although that would be great I’m holding out for the headline:
      “Google Put Up Thousands of LTE Towers While We Were Sleeping — Offering Unlimited Data on Unlocked Devices Off Contract for Cheap”

      I think we’re both going to be waiting a long time.

      • https://plus.google.com/110773438514346746273/ tjhrulz

        While we are at it how about we throw in Google Fiber cover nation overnight.

        • Go Hawkeyes

          That might be too greedy. Better give them a week.

          • https://plus.google.com/110773438514346746273/ tjhrulz

            I would be happy to give them a couple years if they promised to get Google Fiber to me and covered the nation in LTE. A man can dream right?

          • michael arazan

            Would like to wake up to the headline, “Google Buys 52% of Verizon Stock for Controlling Interest, Sick of the BS to the Android Name”

      • Hunter

        I just hope they can someday provide access like they are supposed to and stop with the parental controls!

        Go Cyclones!

        • Go Hawkeyes

          Automatic down vote for being a Cyclone fan. :)

      • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

        It’s not going to happen until the development of the white-space spectrum networking moves past the current state. Putting up a cell tower requires a lot of local regulation and you won’t believe how difficult it is to convince your local town that they need a new cell tower even for the existing mobile network carrier. A friend of mine lives in a mobile deadzone — Verizon only gives out 1 bar of 3G service there (sometimes worse), the other big 3 has no signal at all most of the times. Yet, when the town had a chance to vote for a new cell tower, they consistently vote it down even though many of the residents complained about the lackluster cell services. It had been an ongoing battle for years, then finally this year, I think they finally had enough of it and vote for a new cell tower. I asked my friends if he knew why people voted against it for so long and he told me people were worrying about the tower would “destroy” the view of the town and brought down house value. And, you know why they finally vote for it now: apparently, modern human beings see a cell signal deadzone as a bad living area, which ultimately affects the house value more than having a cell tower.

    • Stinker

      I’m assuming you mean the day he starts supporting this garbage bloatware with better and free alternatives? What’s the appeal of that?

      • paladaxar

        There already are better and free alternatives. It’s all about options…if I wanted to have a limited device, we all know where I could go. While Google music works great for me, it might not be perfect for someone else. And with more options/competition, we (usually) get better products because devs step up their game to try to stay on top (or they learn something from their competition and kang it to make their own product better :)).

    • FortitudineVincimus

      Funny, I keep waiting for the day that I see the headline:

      “Verizon finally publicly admits they don’t give a s*** about you…. and never did”.

      • https://plus.google.com/110773438514346746273/ tjhrulz

        I just keep waiting for the day that I see the headline:

        “Verizon bows down to their Google overlords and is bought by Google”

  • AlexKCMO

    Why is Samsung trying to reinvent the wheel? We already have Google Music. They’re WAY too late to this game.

    EDIT:
    I could only see this being useful if they start making WP8 phones and let you integrate across OSes.

    • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

      You think that’s reinventing the wheel, how about this:

      http://www.theverge.com/2012/6/13/3082495/samsung-facebook-social-network

    • eddy

      Google music +1

    • Brett Henderson

      Samsung in Korea is huge, Seeing that this service was probably releases there, it is probably a huge success in Korea. I think they just brought it to America for shits and giggles

      • Lucky Armpit

        I think that’s closer to the truth than anything else. Samsung expects to have sold 10 million – million – Galaxy S3 phones by the end of July. I’m quite sure that the amount of Galaxy S3 phones sold in the US by Verizon and US Cellular contribute a very tiny percentage to that overall number.

  • SirSoloDolo

    Google Music

    • FortitudineVincimus

      Word.

      Plus it is free, and I have already spent the time uploading all my files.

      A little late to the party Samsung.

      I won’t even comment on the VZW aspect other than to say it will get circumvented by the devs out there so F*** VZW.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=71107975 Michael Alexander Wright

      Correct me if I’m wrong but how can you compare Google Music, which doesn’t offer unlimited streaming for a monthly fee to Music Hub which does? You could compare it to iTunes and Music Hub to Spotify, but your statement makes no sense.