As rumored earlier this month (RAIN coverage here), Samsung has launched its Music Hub streaming music service in the U.S. The new service "wraps iTunes, Spotify and Pandora into one great package," explains Boy Genius Report's Zach Epstein.
He continues, "Like iTunes, Music Hub allows users to purchase tracks and download them or store them in the cloud for streaming [powered by 7digital]; like Spotify, Music Hub can stream an unlimited amount of on-demand music to smartphones or computers; and like Pandora, Samsung’s new service offers custom radio stations that provide endless streaming and help users discover new music."
Users will have to pay $10 per month to use Music Hub's streaming radio and on-demand features. "Samsung hopes consumers will find the whole package to be cheaper than subscribing to separate services like Pandora and Spotify," writes The Verge. Initially, the mobile service will only be available on Samsung's Galaxy S III Android smartphone devices.
Though Music Hub isn't as focused as Pandora, Epstein says overall, "I’m impressed."