Samsung has announced a revamped Music Hub service for the just-launched Galaxy S3, as it bids to take on Apple in the lucrative mobile entertainment business.
Billed as "the first completely integrated, all-in-one mobile music service", the new Music Hub can best be described as a cross between iTunes and Spotify, enabling users to browse a storefront to preview and purchase music, powered by 7digital.
Music purchased will be automatically synced over the cloud to other supported Samsung devices, presumably accessible using a unified Samsung account.
Additionally, a premium subscription option costing £9.99 a month will be available that offers unlimited streaming of ‘millions of songs’ in the Music Hub library. This will also match songs the user’s home library – just like iTunes Match.
The service will also offer customers music recommendations and the ability to create personalised radio stations and playlists.
Samsung’s Senior Vice President, TJ Kang, said: “When you ask yourself, ‘what do I want to listen to?’ there is now one simple answer, for every mood, every place and everyone.”
Daren Tsui, CEO of mSpot, the Samsung subsidiary in charge of the streaming service, added: "We believe that today’s mobile market must have an open mobile music system – one that offers all kinds of services across different devices. Music Hub removes all the barriers to your music.”
Samsung Galaxy S3, which launches today via select vendors, will be only smartphone to support the new Music Hub initially, but other devices will eventually join down the line.
Better still, an iOS app may also be on the cards for iFans not content with existing offerings.