Samsung launches iTunes and Spotify rival

Just ahead of the Galaxy S III's official launch this evening, Samsung has announced Music Hub – a handy rolling of iTunes-style, iCloud-style and Spotify-style music services.

Initially only available for the Galaxy S III, Music Hub can be had in free and Premium flavours, with the free version shaping up to Samsung's own iTunes – a 19-million song store powered by 7digital, with purchased songs stored in the cloud and automatically available on your phone as well as a special browser for your computer.

If you shell out £9.99 per month, you get access to Premium features that ape streaming services like Spotify and LastFM, with unlimited streaming from the song catalogue and radio playlists based on favourite artists. As with the £9.99 Spotify Premium service, you can download songs for offline listening. Like iTunes Match, Music Hub Premium includes the option to upload your existing music library and access it from anywhere, with 'scan and match' technology applied to your collection so you decrease upload times by only transferring those that aren't already in the cloud.

Samsung has had a store-slash-app also called Music Hub for its devices before, but this revamped service is a far more aggressive and comprehensive move into the digital music downloads arena.

The Music Hub app will be preloaded on all new Samsung devices, and rolled out to older, popular Samsung phones including the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note.

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