Samsung Ink Deal With Google Music
Samsung have signed a new deal with Google that could see their Google Music streaming service make major gains against rivals Spotify and Apple Music.
Calling their new Google Play Music app “smarter” and “more assistive”, they say it’ll “make it even easier and faster for Samsung customers to get the right music no matter where they are or what they’re doing.”
Google’s Lead Product Manager for Google Music Elias Roman says that “starting today with the launch of the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, Google Play Music will be the default music player and music service on new Samsung phones and tablets globally. We’re also collaborating with Samsung to create special features in Google Play Music just for Samsung customers.”
To begin with, users who buy a new Samsung phone or tablet can now upload and stream up to 100,000 of their own songs (over the 50,000 allotted to regular users).
In addition, new Samsung phones and tablets will now come with a free three-month trial of Google Play Music.
Finally, Samsung say that later down the line they’ll be looking to integrate the music app with their AI assistant Bixby.
While there are definitely benefits on the Samsung side of things (going forward, it’ll save them time fussing around with a proprietary media player of their own), it’s hard not to call Google the winner here. Teaming up with Samsung puts them in a position to compete with Apple, if not Spotify.
Google has never publicly released data for just how many subscribers their streaming service has but previous estimates by analysts have suggested that it could be far closer to its competitors than many assume.