Samsung’s no-cost ad-free Milk Music isn’t ad free after all

by: Andrew GrushApril 18, 2014


A month ago Samsung introduced its own radio streaming service powered by Slacker, under the odd name of Milk Music. At the time it was announced as an ad-free experience with no subscription costs and the ability to skip up to 6 songs in hour. The only catch was that the service was only compatible with a few select Galaxy devices.

Fast-forwarding to today, Samsung has apparently changed its mind on the whole ‘free’ part. While the service will continue to be offered, Samsung isn’t giving it away for nothing anymore, and has formally announced its plans to bring ads to the service.

Let’s be honest, this is an annoying move, especially since the service was only announced a month ago. Of course, we can’t say we are surprised,offering free unlimited radio with no ads seemed too good to be true at the time — and we were right.

For those that don’t mind putting up with ads, Milk Music is still free to use and could possibly be worth keeping around. For those that can’t stand ads? Samsung will offer a $4 monthly subscription that removes the ads and is said to bring a few premium features, though Samsung hasn’t specified what exactly. Hopefully the subscription at least gives us unlimited skips.

Anyone currently using Milk Music? Will Samsung’s addition of ads and a ‘premium’ subscription drive you away?

  • Smiley Smith

    Depends how the ads are implemented and if I lose the ability to skip 6 songs an hour. If I want ads in my music I will just listen to the radio.

  • isaac

    Even in the description in the play store it says ad free “for a limited time” so not really a surprise to me

  • paxmos

    One would be so gaulible thinking anything would be free. Its all about money baby.

  • swtrainer

    I got it for free on my Note 3, but it isn’t as good as Pandora and if it’s going to be a $4 per month charge, that’s more expensive than Pandora One. So I don’t see much future in it.

  • Casey Wing

    This article is ridiculous. FROM THE BEGINNING, the app description in the Play Store stated that it would be ad-free for a limited time. Blame yourselves for not reading.

  • Alfred786

    Just amazing! Here is a huge corporation making billions every single month and they won’t give their costumers this small perk for free. Just another example of greed out of control. Samsung should be ashamed!

  • paxmos

    You can’t suck if for free no more!!!

  • jack

    Scamsung. I wonder why AA didn’t publish an article about Scamsung frauding tablet sales data.