Samsung launches free streaming service, Milk Music, for U.S. Galaxy phone owners

Samsung is entering the already crowded streaming Internet music market with its own entry today called Milk Music. The Android app is available to download via Google Play for U.S. owners (sorry, rest of the world) and at the moment it only works on Samsung's Galaxy smartphones; specifically the S3, S4, S4 Active, S4 mini, Note 2, and Note 3 models.

Samsung says that Milk Music will use Slacker as the source of its library of 13 million songs. Access to the service is free and "for a limited time" it won't have any of those pesky ads. As you can see from the screenshots, the design of Milk Music is based around a virtual wheel that can be turned to show nine major music categories, each of which has a number of stations to browse through. Users can also check out the "Spotlight" selection to listen to a programmed series of stations.

The "My Stations" selection is, as expected, a way for Milk Music users to create their own channels based on a specific artist. The UI includes a way to customize each station's music selection based on the popularity of songs, along with how recent the tune is or by "song favorites"

Technically, Milk Music will work without signing into anything, but if people do happen to own more than one Galaxy phone, the app does allow users to sign onto their Samsung account so they can transfer their personal settings across more than one device.

Source: Samsung | Image via Samsung

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really once again US gets stuff the rest of the world has to wait years for great thanks scamsung last time I buy one of your phones

So I go to Google Play to see this, shows 1-5 installs - wow, it's sure gaining in popularity fast! (and yes, I realize it was just released only hours ago but even so, with the news of the release being on dozens of websites one would expect a bit more by now).

Guess people are just "stuffed" with streaming services or they're happy with what they've already got. I use TuneIn Radio and iHeartRadio myself, that's enough - but then again I have 19GB of hand-tagged hand-encoded artwork-embedded (well, you know what I mean) LAME mp3 files on my Galaxy Note anyway, go figure...

You have to install the app before you can rate it so there is obviously many more than just 5 installs. I'm sure the counter is only updated periodically.

It's, uh... 'cause you can milk the service for a ton of music? Yeah, sounds about as classy as squirting songs. They're setting themselves up for a "Milk is milquetoast" headline... And they can't take advantage of the "Got Milk" trademarked phrase...

Well, it's supposed to be free, so it is interesting. Just as long as they're not setting things on fire anymore.

neonspark said,
another step in their migration away from google services.

Migrate away from Google's Play Store and 1 million+ apps? I don't think so.

Starchild said,

Migrate away from Google's Play Store and 1 million+ apps? I don't think so.

As long as the apps don't use Google's services they can be offered via alternate stores. Isn't that what Nokia is doing?

Romero said,
As long as the apps don't use Google's services they can be offered via alternate stores. Isn't that what Nokia is doing?

No they can't, unless the developer (whoever it is) gives approval.

adrynalyne said,

No they can't, unless the developer (whoever it is) gives approval.

That goes without saying, and Nokia is of course working with devs to populate their Android store. My point was that any Android device manufacturer doesn't necessarily have to give up on a sizeable chunk of Android apps just because they turn their nose up at the Play Store.

Romero said,
That goes without saying, and Nokia is of course working with devs to populate their Android store. My point was that any Android device manufacturer doesn't necessarily have to give up on a sizeable chunk of Android apps just because they turn their nose up at the Play Store.

I look at it like this. If a company calls me and wants my app on their store, its going to need some incentive to go along with it. Are they going to do that with all the apps out there? Amazon got in a lot earlier than newcomers and still doesn't offer everything the Play Store does. Can it happen? Sure, if they spend the money to do it.

I have no idea if Nokia is offering any incentives, but as a dev why wouldn't you want more free exposure for your app and the opportunity to be available on more devices to more users? I think most small time app devs and companies would agree and charge nothing to be featured in an alternate app store, especially if they make money from the app via selling it outright or through IAPs.

Romero said,
I have no idea if Nokia is offering any incentives, but as a dev why wouldn't you want more free exposure for your app and the opportunity to be available on more devices to more users? I think most small time app devs and companies would agree and charge nothing to be featured in an alternate app store, especially if they make money from the app via selling it outright or through IAPs.

Time isn't free and maintaining it across multiple stores is not desirable unless there is a real profit to be made. Many times developers will be WEEKS late in just delivering updates to Amazon app store. Imagine a smaller one.

I don't know about app updates in Amazon's app store but the way I'm envisioning it apps not integrated with any of Google's services shouldn't require any (major) changes in order to be offered via the Play Store or Nokia's Android Store or Samsung's. So maintaining the same app across different Android stores would be as simple as pushing out each update to the respective stores and wait for it to show up (any further delay wouldn't be the dev's fault). No forked code bases and no great maintenance hassles. For apps with multiple versions, each of which do require significant code changes (as is probably the case with the ones you're describing on the Amazon app store), it's a whole different kettle of fish obviously which is why I excluded them from consideration in the first place. Not that it can't be done mind you, just that it will require extra effort from the dev which not all may be willing or capable of putting in.

I really don't like apple fans who ALWAYS saying samsung copies apple, but... uhm... come on... that fonts and blur effect, also round buttons... same as apple ios7...

I used to think the accusations were stupid, but then I saw the Desktops and Chromebooks there were putting out, and its almost as if Samsung is taunting Apple with how similar they are.

nyolc8 said,
I really don't like apple fans who ALWAYS saying samsung copies apple, but... uhm... come on... that fonts and blur effect, also round buttons... same as apple ios7...
Even when the article doesn't even mention Apple, someone always does.

Hi_XPecTa_Chens said,
Even when the article doesn't even mention Apple, someone always does.

Sorry but the similarity just too visible in this thing. When I first saw the image, I thought it's some comparison image to ios7... then I realized it's the samsung app.

nyolc8 said,
I really don't like apple fans who ALWAYS saying samsung copies apple, but... uhm... come on... that fonts and blur effect, also round buttons... same as apple ios7...
Are you aware Samsung Tizen OS has round icons? Are you aware its older than iOS 7? Are you aware that icons shapes are owned?

Apple surely copied many aspects of Android. Did you criticize Apple for doing the same?

Anyway's...the Samsung Radio app is very clean and has a very nice transparent UI that is actually pleasing to the eye vs using stupid crayon colors.

Now everyone attacks me... I just said an opinion, and I think it's clearly visible. I'm not an apple fan, I would choose samsung if I would have to choose. I just said it's really-really looking the same with this thin fonts + blur + round buttons.

nyolc8 said,
I really don't like apple fans who ALWAYS saying samsung copies apple, but... uhm... come on... that fonts and blur effect, also round buttons... same as apple ios7...
I am curious as to why Samsung can't offer services to its customers that other company's offer to their customers? I mean, do we have to always rely on 3rd party services? In this case I think streaming services like Slacker, iHeartRadio, Pandora and many others are terrible. The ads are annoying. you can't get unlimited skips unless you pay and more.

IMO, Microsoft offers the best service where you pay to subscribe and you have access to all there music and video. You can skip as often as you want. Xbox Music is available to other platform users too, which beats any OEM that only offers it to their own users. But offering a service to rewards YOUR customers is a very nice move.
It isn't about copying. After all. Over 400M people own Samsung devices. Shouldn't they give us something for all the money they have gotten from us?

nyolc8 said,
I really don't like apple fans who ALWAYS saying samsung copies apple, but... uhm... come on... that fonts and blur effect, also round buttons... same as apple ios7...

Just as long as a company doesnt infringe on any property, then who really cares.

Hi_XPecTa_Chens said,
I am curious as to why Samsung can't offer services to its customers that other company's offer to their customers? I mean, do we have to always rely on 3rd party services? In this case I think streaming services like Slacker, iHeartRadio, Pandora and many others are terrible. The ads are annoying. you can't get unlimited skips unless you pay and more.

IMO, Microsoft offers the best service where you pay to subscribe and you have access to all there music and video. You can skip as often as you want. Xbox Music is available to other platform users too, which beats any OEM that only offers it to their own users. But offering a service to rewards YOUR customers is a very nice move.
It isn't about copying. After all. Over 400M people own Samsung devices. Shouldn't they give us something for all the money they have gotten from us?


You want him to listen to your opinion (borderline advertisement) while you crap on his. You don't have to agree you know...

dead.cell said,

You want him to listen to your opinion (borderline advertisement) while you crap on his. You don't have to agree you know...
I didn't crap all over it. I get so tired of all the copying claims. There is always an original and then there is always a copy. Who did Apple copy to have a radio? After all they didn't always have one, did they?

Is not copying just because someone else did first. There is always one original idea, and other simply follow. After all Apple has had no original ideas ever, so aren't they copying? Yet no one ever calls them out. It's lame and tiring.

If you think I crapped all over his opinion, you either can't read or have poor comprehension skills. Either way its not my problem.

I have a right to agree or not agree. I simply expressed my opinion. JUst like you did.
Stop crying. I am all out of bottles.

nyolc8 said,
Now everyone attacks me... I just said an opinion, and I think it's clearly visible. I'm not an apple fan, I would choose samsung if I would have to choose. I just said it's really-really looking the same with this thin fonts + blur + round buttons.
I didn't attack you. An attack would be calling you names. Did I call you a name? I didn't say you were or weren't a fan.

I just simply said, Samsung has had such things before.

Just like when Apple decided to make a gold phone. THen Samsung decided to follow the trend. Every one was like Samsung is copying. Yet Samsung has made phones of lots of colors. Samsung had black and silver colored 2-tone phones long before Apple did, did anyone say Apple was copying Samsung? NO, But it is always the other way around. Its just lame. Apple continues to get credit for copying others, but if someone copies them (using your words) then it is consider bad or everyone has to draw attention to it like no one else copies or mimics or parrots or whichever word you choose.

All Asian corporations copy American companies. After all in America its Asian products that are the leaders here and for good reason THEY ARE BETTER. You may as well copy the best, after all theirs isn't going to get bought, yours is.

You seem to get upset as if anyone's defending Apple. Did you ever stop and think for one second that maybe... just maybe, people who are unhappy with Apple might not want to see Samsung following right behind them?

Not sure why you're bringing up bottles and whatnot. There's only one person here that seems to be getting upset over the word "copy" lol.

dead.cell said,
You seem to get upset as if anyone's defending Apple. Did you ever stop and think for one second that maybe... just maybe, people who are unhappy with Apple might not want to see Samsung following right behind them?

Not sure why you're bringing up bottles and whatnot. There's only one person here that seems to be getting upset over the word "copy" lol.

Not upset...its just tiring, stupid and pointless. Its not that I have a problem with the word copy. The problem is it is only used when it comes to Microsoft or Samsung. But no one mentions copy when its Apple doing the copying.

Hi_XPecTa_Chens said,
Not upset...its just tiring, stupid and pointless. Its not that I have a problem with the word copy. The problem is it is only used when it comes to Microsoft or Samsung. But no one mentions copy when its Apple doing the copying.

It is mentioned with Apple as well, and I am a Apple fan. Notification Centre was a blatant copy of Android's at the time (the pull down) and there are numerous other examples. Sasmsung however rely a lot heavily on 'copying' than anyone else in the smartphone arena currently.

Hi_XPecTa_Chens said,
Are you aware Samsung Tizen OS has round icons? Are you aware its older than iOS 7? Are you aware that icons shapes are owned?

Apple surely copied many aspects of Android. Did you criticize Apple for doing the same?

Anyway's...the Samsung Radio app is very clean and has a very nice transparent UI that is actually pleasing to the eye vs using stupid crayon colors.

Stupid crayon colors? Dude the only person attacking and/or arguing here is you. It's his opinion he's entitled to have and he clearly states it is blatantly obvious. Troll on iOS 7's UI and then deny the similarities this has to iOS 7, real mature.

Personally I do not own a iOS device, I have a Lumia 1520 and a Nexus 5, I've owned and services Galaxy devices before. I have used iOS 7 before. So liking both Android and using WP8, I have to agree, other than the wheel, the headers and their font, the thin circular buttons. All of that is a copy of iOS 7's desogn language, not reinvented in any way. Just exactly how it looks on iOS 7.

Sionic Ion said,

Stupid crayon colors? Dude the only person attacking and/or arguing here is you. It's his opinion he's entitled to have and he clearly states it is blatantly obvious. Troll on iOS 7's UI and then deny the similarities this has to iOS 7, real mature.

Personally I do not own a iOS device, I have a Lumia 1520 and a Nexus 5, I've owned and services Galaxy devices before. I have used iOS 7 before. So liking both Android and using WP8, I have to agree, other than the wheel, the headers and their font, the thin circular buttons. All of that is a copy of iOS 7's desogn language, not reinvented in any way. Just exactly how it looks on iOS 7.

I never said it didn.t look like iOS7 or not. I did say Samsung had similar before iOS7, like Tizen OS. Which predates iOS7. Oh iOS7 which steals plenty of UI similarities from Android?

Obviously the Apple loving clan can handle a little criticism. TYPICAL. At least Android fans handle it a little better.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion.
As Am I :-P

Tizen is similar because of... circles? lol, Tizen looks like ass compared to Android and iOS...

Who did what first doesn't mean a whole lot to doing something successfully.

dead.cell said,
Tizen is similar because of... circles? lol, Tizen looks like ass compared to Android and iOS...

Who did what first doesn't mean a whole lot to doing something successfully.

Well don't; go around trying to change meanings of words. Successful products don't have to sell in the 100M.

Oh n I must hit you with this. Sometimes copying does work. Nokia selling colored phones, hs worked well for them with the Lumia series. Apple tried to copy it an the iPhone 5C filed to the point they cut production by 50% after just 3 months.

Not all things should b copied. After all a good idea doesn't work for everyone