Samsung introduces free streaming radio service

The South Korean company thinks its new service is distinct from other music streaming providers.
By BREE FOWLER, Associated Press Published: March 7, 2014
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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 more than 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, including Pandora, Spotify and 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 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.