Samsung's own audio streaming service, Samsung Music, is to close its doors on JU. An email to users of the service said the product 'will no longer be available' from the start of July and warned that customers should 'download all purchased content and use any remaining vouchers' before that date.
The closure, reported by TechRadar, spells the disappearance of the 'Samsung Music Hub' app that comes pre-installed on the company's Android smartphones and is generally regarded as bloatware. Company executives had previously warned that they were considering abandoning their 'content hubs' and it now seems that this plan is being actively pursued. The announcement comes a couple of months after Samsung launched another, more mainstream music service called Milk Music, powered by Slacker's library of 13 million songs.
This could be good news for users of Samsung devices as very rarely do people actually use apps bundled by OEMs. As yet, there is no word on whether the company is intending to close the Video, Books, Games and Learning hubs in the near future, however. This does look likely for the future though as all of the Samsung services are normally viewed to be far inferior to the official Google Play Store which provides all of the above but with more choice and lower cost. It could also make it easier for Samsung to start providing the rumoured Android Silver devices that may be emerging soon with stock Android and no manufacturer additions.
If you are a user of Samsung Music then we would like to know how you feel about the service and its impending closure. Will you be switching to rival products or have you already done so? Tell us below in the comments.
Source: TechRadar | Image via Samsung