Samsung had big plans for its Music Hub app, which combines cloud storage, music store, and online radio in one place, when it was first announced last year. Currently available for the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2, the company not only planned to release this app for its extensive lineup of smartphones and tablets, but also other Samsung electronics including audio docks, Smart TVs, and Android-powered refrigerators. While these plans have yet to come to fruition, Samsung is already looking at the next step to further extend its stronghold in the Android arena.
Speaking to The Next Web, TJ Kang, SVP for Samsung Media Services, mentioned that the company plans to release Music Hub not only for its own devices, but those from other manufacturers as well. Further, the availability of the app, which is currently restricted to just six countries, will also be extended this year. Granted, there is no fixed timeline for such a rollout yet, and is only in the early stages of planning.
Though Samsung is king of the Android hill, this move is, in part, acknowledgement that other Android manufacturers exist, even if it may not feel that way at the moment. This will also pit Samsung against the likes of Google and Amazon who have similar apps available, as well as popular online music services like Rdio and Spotify.
The Samsung Music Hub has some great features (you can check out our video review here), with a premium subscription (at $9.99/month) giving you 100GB of cloud storage space. Unfortunately, with no specifics on expected release dates, we can only wait and see if and when the Samsung Music Hub makes its way to non-Samsung devices. While it may be a welcome addition, with the exponentially increasing popularity of apps like Google Play Music and Spotify, I hope that Samsung doesn’t suffer from a case of “too little too late.”
What are your thoughts? Are you looking forward to the Samsung Music Hub being available on your device? If you currently own a Samsung Galaxy S3 or Galaxy Note 2, do you use this app? If yes, share your experiences in the comments section below!