KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung has told The INQUIRER than it might bring its Music Hub app to the Iphone in a bid to compete with its music streaming rival Spotify.
Launched earlier today, Samsung Music Hub is based on the technology of music streaming service Mspot and sees Samsung bringing out its own Itunes competitor. The service is home to 19 million songs, besting Spotify's 17 million, and offers users an Itunes Match style service along with 100GB of cloud storage.
We spoke with TJ Kang, Samsung's SVP of media services at the Open Mobile Summit in London today, who told us that the firm might extend the app to competing devices.
"There is a possibility that Music Hub will be made available on competing platforms such as IOS," Kang said. The mention of multiple platforms also hints that Samsung might offer Music Hub on Blackberry OS and Windows Phone too, although Kang declined to directly address such speculations.
Kang also told us that he believes the service can compete against rivals like Spotify, thanks to its larger music catalogue and capability to let users create personalised radio stations.
"We have 19 million songs, Spotify has 17 [million]. That gives us an immediate advantage," he said. "We also offer a radio service similar to Pandora, a feature Spotify doesn't have at all."
We got a quick hands-on with the Music Hub app, and it certainly bests Spotify when it comes to aesthetics, offering a colourful and easy to navigate user interface. The 'recommended' icon also proved impressive, offering a service similar to the LastFM app on Spotify. We'll be getting our hands on the Galaxy S III smartphone later on today, so expect a full Music Hub review soon.
Music Hub will launch exclusively on the Samsung Galaxy S III, which goes on sale in the UK later today. µ
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