Samsung’s Milk Music web radio service is just for Galaxy units (video)
Do we’d like yet one more on-line music service? Samsung definitely thinks so, because it’s simply launched its very personal web radio service referred to as, weirdly sufficient, Milk Music. So named for its supposed “recent” tackle music (Get it? As a result of milk is recent? Yeah, we’re unsure about that both), it is free to obtain from Google Play beginning at present. In truth, you can begin streaming tunes instantly as quickly as you launch it, no signal-up required. Better of all, the service is totally advert-free (for now a minimum of — we’ll clarify extra about this later). The caveat, in fact, is that it is unique to Samsung telephones. Milk Music is a totally separate entity from Samsung’s present Music Hub subscription service, as the previous is concentrated extra as a free radio service that you need to use with out having to arrange an account.
At launch, Milk Music will solely work on the Galaxy S3, the Galaxy S4, the Observe 2, the Notice three and GS4 variants just like the Lively and the Mini. It’s going to even be suitable with the upcoming Galaxy S5. This is one other fascinating tidbit: all of Milk Music’s 200 style stations and catalog of almost thirteen million songs is powered by Slacker. Yep, that Slacker. That is why Samsung did not should do any licensing offers with content material companions to launch Milk Music — all of that was left as much as Slacker to deal with.
Nevertheless, every part else about Milk Music — the brand, the interface, the menus — is all Samsung. And it is the design of Milk that basically makes it stand out from different web radio apps we have seen. The primary distinct distinction is clear the second you launch the app — you will be introduced with a big spherical dial populated with 9 totally different style stations together with Highlight and My Stations. Highlight is a set of “what’s trending” stations curated by Samsung and Slacker that modifications on a weekly foundation. In line with Samsung, Highlight can also be a chance to ship Milk Music exclusives and “first-listens” from collaborators like Jay-Z. My Stations, because the identify suggests, are stations you create your self based mostly on a specific artist or track. So for instance, you possibly can arrange a Lorde station that’ll play songs from her in addition to associated artists. You can too create a station based mostly on all of the songs that you’ve got marked as favorites.
Whenever you swipe the dial in a round movement, the app scans by means of the totally different stations identical to on a daily radio tuner. Not solely does the music change, the background artwork switches as you scroll via the stations and you will really feel a corresponding vibration as properly. We skilled no discernible lag when switching stations — the track modifications have been on the spot and speedy. We requested Samsung how they achieved this, and we have been advised that every station truly pre-caches the at present enjoying music by eight seconds. This manner the songs are teed up and able to go as quickly as you tune in. When you rotate the dial nearer to the middle of the circle, station choice goes by slower, whereas it zooms by at “nitro velocity” if you’re tuning it from the periphery.
By default, Milk Music presents 9 of the preferred genres as alternatives on the dial. Should you do not like the alternatives, you possibly can hand-decide the 9 you want most out of 15 obtainable choices. Every style has a number of stations beneath it — for instance, there are about 20 totally different Pop stations and eleven Alt/Indie stations. For those who’d moderately choose a selected station as an alternative of turning the dial, merely faucet the numbered circle subsequent to the station identify on the higher left nook, and you will see a scrollable listing.
However what should you do not just like the songs provided on a specific station? Nicely, you might have a number of choices. You could skip them — Milk provides as much as six skips per hour per station. You might also choose “By no means Play Track” from the menu so that you by no means should take heed to a specific track once more. Or, you’ll be able to swipe upward from the underside bezel to disclose a really fascinating function that allows you to primarily nice tune the station’s choices based mostly on reputation, launch date, and the way typically your favorites flip up. So for instance, should you needed to set a station in order that it solely performs unpopular older music that you simply’re not conversant in, nicely, you are able to do that.
In the event you want to take heed to a beforehand aired music, you are able to do in order properly, as Milk Music lists the final 500 performed songs in its Historical past. As for settings, you possibly can regulate the audio high quality to both Normal (50 kbps) or Excessive (ninety kbps), toggle specific content material on or off, or permit the app to make use of your location. Whereas the app does not actually use your location for something particular proper now, Samsung says that they could have an choice for extra localized content material sooner or later. Final however not least, although signal-in is not required, you might select to hook Milk Music as much as your Samsung account. This manner, you possibly can share your Favorites, Historical past and station settings throughout a number of Samsung units.
Milk Music was arrange by Samsung to “handle shopper ache factors” with regards to music providers. “The primary is that, music setup is usually lengthy and painful,” stated Chris Martinez, director of providers planning for Samsung Telecommunications America, referencing the necessity to create usernames and passwords for many providers. “Secondly, there are sometimes too many advertisements and interruptions […] Third, songs that play time and again as a result of a restricted catalog.”
For now, there isn’t a deliberate income mannequin for Milk Music, and is taken into account extra as a worth add for Samsung clients. Certainly, Samsung representatives have been eager on emphasizing to us that Milk Music is an advert-free service from the beginning. Nevertheless, in the course of the presentation, we have been additionally informed that the workforce will probably be evaluating that advert-free mannequin as time goes on, and may contemplate advertisements sooner or later. Additional, regardless that you can’t purchase songs from Milk Music proper now, they are not closed to that concept both.
In the mean time, Milk Music is a US service solely. You must be related to take heed to it — both over WiFi or 3G — and there is no offline caching. As for whether or not we’ll see Milk Music obtainable on tablets, Samsung says they’re targeted on nailing down the cell phone expertise for now, which signifies that will not be any time quickly. Seeing as there are round 200 million Galaxy customers worldwide, we’re guessing Samsung will not have any hassle discovering prepared testers. The query now’s whether or not they’ll assume it is the cream of the crop, or the bitter milk behind the fridge.
Supply: Milk Music (Google Play)
Supply: Milk Music (Google Play)