Samsung Milk Music: Another mix among a cocktail of free radio services

US users can now download the Milk app from Google Play. It works on most of Samsung's Galaxy line of phones,

By: Associated Press | New York | Updated: March 9, 2014 9:47 am
Samsung Milk is powered by Slacker Samsung Milk is powered by Slacker

Samsung on Friday unveiled a new free music service for its phones that it touts as a significant improvement from the apps already on the market.

The South Korean gadget maker’s Milk Music service, which launched in the U.S. on Friday, includes over 200 stations and 13 million songs. It’s designed to be extremely fast, easy to use and highly customizable.

But the new service enters an already crowded space. There are numerous streaming music services, including Pandora, Spotify and Apple Inc.’s iTunes Radio. “We feel that while the music space is very competitive there is room for improvement,” said Daren Tsui, vice president of music at Samsung Media Solutions.

Samsung’s app features a large wheel reminiscent of an old-fashioned radio tuner. Users can spin through various genres of music to find something they like. Favorite stations can be added to a “My Stations” section, while individual songs can be tagged as favorites or put on a list never to be played.

Milk is powered by Slacker, which operates its own streaming music service. But unlike Slacker, Milk is ad-free at no cost. While Slacker does offer a basic service for free, it charges users $4 a month to remove advertising.

US users can now download the Milk app from Google Play. It works on most of Samsung’s Galaxy line of phones, but isn’t compatible with devices made by other companies.

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  1. M
    Mar 11, 2014 at 11:40 am
    There are no traditional ads whatsoever (although there is an occasional radio-like announcement that “This is Milk Music!”), but you are limited to 6 skips every hour. This might change in the future, but for now it’s a great deal (as free usually is). It’s a US only service right now, so sorry international readers. But still there is a way in the shape of VPN. A VPN enables your easy access to Samsung's Milk along with other geo restricted sites. Find out more here: