My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: Samsung’s Milk no longer free as it’s paid for by Commercials and sports US$4 Premium Streaming

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Samsung’s Milk no longer free as it’s paid for by Commercials and sports US$4 Premium Streaming

Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later, as it couldn’t have been free for too long. Samsung Milk Music, which was a Slacker supported Free Streaming Music Service launched on Friday March 7th 2014 as described in my Geezam blog article entitled “Don’t cry over spilt Samsung Milk as Samsung Galaxy S5 and smartwatches disappoint” exclusively for people toting Samsung Galaxy smartphones, just threw up a paywall – of sorts.

They’ve now decided to introduce advertising in the free Streaming Service to nag you with annoying Audio and Video ads in your Music Stream as well as on the App’s interface as stated in “SAMSUNG’S MILK MUSIC ADDS COMMERCIALS, LOSES EDGE”, published April 18, 2014 By Alex Tretbar, DigitalTrends.

But if you want the premium quality service, you’ll have to pay a premium quality price: US$4.00 per months for Streaming as reported in Samsung Milk Music soon to feature ads, $4 ad-free option”, published April 18, 2014 7:23 AM PDT by Don Reisinger, CNET News!

The surprise announcement was easy to miss if your eyes’ weren’t sharp, as it was in the form of an infographic on Samsung Blog published on Tuesday April 15th 2014….which strangely they’ve since removed from their Newsfeed on the Samsung website!

It was bad enough that Milk Music was available only on Samsung Galaxy smartphones and available only to Americans and not on all smartphones running Android. Now –  to no-one’s surprise - Samsung decides to up the ante and effectively make it harder for them to compete in a Music space that’s already crowded with rapidly expanding Music Streaming Services that have rapidly expanding customer base.

Samsung free Summer Milk offer just went Sour with the addition of Artificial Advertising flavourings and a Premium Service no-one can afford.

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