Samsung launches free Slacker-powered Milk Music streaming radio
We are on a Samsung roll today, and it’s not slowing down just yet. Following a look at those new Galaxy S5 cases, and hearing about the high-speed AT&T network the GS5 should be the first phone to access, we’re now checking out Samsung’s new streaming radio service for Galaxy device owners, the free-to-use Milk Music.
Milk? Wha… yeah, it’s a weird name. But once you get past that you’ll find a streaming service offering 200 curated genre-based stations and a library of some 13 million songs, all powered by Slacker. Why would you use Milk Music instead of just Slacker proper? How’s no ads sound?
Well, to be fair, even though Milk Music is launching without any advertising, Samsung qualifies that with a little “limited time only” footnote, so enjoy it while you can. Besides the ad-free nature, Milk Music also offers a unique dial-based interface for discovering new stations, letting you smoothly transition between different genres.
It’s not without its restrictions: no direct song selection, no offline caching, and you’re only allowed six skips an hour, but none of that’s heinously objectionable, especially considering the price tag. The service also looks to be a US-exclusive.
Right now Milk Music only supports the Note 2 and 3, and the Galaxy S III and 4, but GS5 support is expected, and some day we might see compatibility with Samsung tablets.