The Samsung Music Hub has now gone live in Australia offering users with a subscription to music streamed directly to their Samsung devices across five different platforms.
It includes the Samsung Galaxy Smartphones, Samsung Galaxy Tablets, Samsung SmartTV, Samsung Smart Home Theatres and Smart Blu-rays and web-browser on PCs.
According to Samsung Electronics Australia vice-president of telecommunications, Tyler McGee, the company collaborated closely with four major record labels to locally develop the service for the Australian market.
“The era of cloud services is now upon us and has opened up an ideal connection between music and devices. Streamed music is a revolutionary step in the way we access music that’s shaping music in much the same way as digital downloads did for CD,” he said.
The Samsung Music Hub enables “Smart Caching” on the Samsung Galaxy range – allowing consumers to sync playlists on Wi-Fi and store on the device. The songs can be played continuously without being streamed.
The service can be activated over a 3G or Wi-Fi network, and Bluetooth wireless headsets are supported, including car audio systems that support Bluetooth streaming.
The service features “Follow Me”, which picks up on a playlist’s last played track when users next login from any of the Samsung compatible platforms within their subscription level.
The Samsung Music Hub also includes: an intelligent artist and media suggestion tool, automatically populated music collections in-depth discography and extensive artists information.
It offers two subscription packages; mobile, allowing either a Samsung Galaxy Smartphone or Samsung Galaxy Tab access to the service costing $9.99 per month, $54.99 for six months or $99.99 for 12 months. The premium package enables four Samsung compatible products and web browser access to the service at $14.99 per month, $79.99 for six months or $149.99 for 12 months.
It is also available as a two month trial for all existing and new Galaxy S II Smartphones purchased before December 31 this year and as a one month free trial from November 1 for all existing and new purchases of all other Galaxy Smartphones (Galaxy Android v2.2 devices and higher) and tablets.
The service on Samsung Smart AV devices will be available mid-December.
Consumers will also soon be able to buy and download individual tracks on Hub.
The vendor recently announced that it became Australia’s leading smartphone and overall mobile phone manufacturer by unit sales – according to GfK data, for the month of August 2011.
It attributes its success to the Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone, which has reached 10 million in global sales of the flagship Android device.