Dallas - Samsung launched its long-awaited
service for mobile devices, making it available initially on its flagship Galaxy S III smartphone.
The free version, called Music Hub Store, lets users buy albums and millions of tracks from all four major labels and select independents. Users can also listen to 30-second previews. Purchased songs can be stored in the Cloud for downloading and for streaming to multiple registered Music Hub devices.
Music Hub Premium, at $9.99 per month with free 30-day trial, is promoted as a three-in-one music service that lets consumers upload personal music collections to the Cloud, stream or purchase songs from the Music Hub catalog, and listen to personalized radio. First-time users also get a free album.
With the premium service, a Scan & Match Cloud Locker lets users upload their music collections to the Cloud for playback on any device registered with a Music Hub account. Music Hub uses scan-and-match technology to reduce upload times. Any unmatched songs are directly uploaded from a user's library to the Cloud. A total of 100GB of storage is available for unmatched songs.
The premium service also lets users stream, not just purchase, millions of songs from the Music Hub catalog with unlimited plays and no advertisements.
Users can also create personal radio stations based on favorite songs and artists or browse stations by genre. Users also can tag songs they like to find and play back later.
The premium service also automatically updates playlists and purchased music across all registered devices, and it offers customized recommendations to discover new songs, artists, albums and radio stations.
Music Hub is based on services delivered by mSpot, a content provider recently acquired by Samsung.
for a Music Hub service in September 2010, when it announced plans for its Samsung Media Hub, which offers movie and TV-show downloads for purchase and rent to Samsung's mobile devices. Media Hub has been available for more than a year.