Samsung has launched its answer to Apple's iTunes Radio with the launch of Milk Music. The ad-free streaming service is now available to U.S. Galaxy smartphones.

Apple entered the crowded streaming music market with the launch of iTunes Radio last year. The service allows millions of iOS, Apple TV, Mac, and Windows users to access more than 250 music stations or create their own based on the music they want to hear. iTunes Radio is free to use and users can listen to the service ad-free by subscribing to iTunes Match for $24.99 per year. iTunes Match not only allows you to listen to iTunes Radio ad-free, it also allows users to store their entire music library in iCloud and access it from compatible devices. Samsung's just announced music streaming service, Milk Music has iTunes Radio, Spotify, Pandora, and more in its sights.

Milk Music is now available to download through Google Play and currently only works with U.S. based Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, S4 Zoom, S4 Active, S4 Mini, Note 2, and Note 3 smartphones and will also be compatible with the Galaxy S5 upon its release. Milk Music has over 200 genre stations, a catalog of 13 million songs and is powered by Slacker.

Samsung is using Slacker to supply the tunes but the company has reportedly been working on Milk Music for over a year. The user interface is completely Samsung designed and requires no registration or set-up from users.

Some of Milk Music's features include:

  • Stumble across new hits and old favorites with a turn of the dial.
  • Music plays instantly, as you scan through stations.
  • No registration or set-up required.
  • Customize the dial to show only genres and stations you like.
  • "My Stations" collects all the stations you love and those you create into a single station that's easily accessible on the dial.
  • Fine-tune stations based on popularity, novelty and song favorites.
  • Listen to over 200 genre stations, curated from a music library of over 13 million songs.
  • "Spotlight" offers a curated selection handpicked by music tastemakers and influencers.

Samsung is entering an already crowded music streaming service market with old players like Pandora and Spotify, along with new entrants like Apple and Beats Music. Since Milk Music doesn't have ads, subscriptions, or even a required registration, the service is more targeted to be an instant music listening experience for Samsung's smartphones in a similar way iTunes Radio is for iOS users.

 If you have a supported device and want to check out Milk Music head over to Google Play and download it for free.

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