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Samsung releases Milk Music, a free radio streaming service for Galaxy devices (US only)
There is certainly no shortage when it comes to streaming radio and music services on Android, with some of the best-known solutions including Spotify, Pandora, Google Music and the recently released Beats Music. Now get ready to add one more to that ever-growing list, as Samsung has officially announced Milk Music.
What sets the oddly-named music service apart from the competition? First, it’s exclusively for select Galaxy customers in the United States, specifically the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Mega, Galaxy S4 Mini and the upcoming GS5. Samsung says it is considering expanding to other markets and more devices down the road, but for now the service will have a limited audience.
Milk Music is free to listen to and has no ads
Another major difference from the competition is that Milk Music is free to listen to and has no ads. As for the content? The service is powered by Slacker Radio and gives you the ability to choose from 200 pre-made stations or you can even make your own stations based around your customized tastes.
Probably the biggest downside to Milk Music is that there is no offline mode or any ability to purchase the tracks you like for offline listening, though reportedly such capabilities are under consideration. There is no premium version of the service, either, though music is unlimited with the ability to skip up to six songs per hour per station.
You can get your hands on Samsung’s new radio service right now from Google Play, at least if you happen to have a supported device. Samsung is also considering pre-loading the software onto future Galaxy devices, though the Galaxy S5 will likely still require you to download the app when it arrives.
For those that have tried it yet, what do you think? Impressed by the free service or are their other free alternatives that you feel do a better job?