There are more and more music streaming services becoming available as time goes on. From Spotify to Google Music All Access, with new ones like Beats Music launching recently, there is a service for everyone. But Samsung has taken it upon itself to make another, and the company decided to call it Milk Music. Because it’s allegedly “fresh and organic.”
The service is based on Slacker and revolves around genres, literally. The main user interface is a big dial with genres all around it. Spinning the dial, you select the genre you want to listen to and it rewards you with nice haptic feedback. Spin closer to the inside of the circle to fine tune the station between sub-genres. From there, you can fine tune the station to play between popular songs, new songs, and your favorite songs. You can also create your own radio stations based on bands.
Sliding out the menu on the right (why the right, Samsung?!) or hitting the menu button gives you some options. There you can set the quality to high, turn on explicit content, customize the dial, and more.
A cool little feature is related to Samsung’s Air View. The genre selection dial disappears after some time. Bringing your finger close to the screen brings it up immediately. I love Air View and it’s great to see Samsung using it wisely.
The service is currently completely free and is compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note II, and Galaxy Note 3, so Samsung users are in luck. There are no traditional ads whatsoever (although there is an occasional radio-like announcement that “This is Milk Music!”), but you are limited to 6 skips every hour. This might change in the future, but for now it’s a great deal (as free usually is). It’s a US only service right now, so sorry international readers.
It’s also worth mentioning that the service has no offline mode of any sorts. It’s an online only service, but it will cache the first eight seconds of each of your stations so you can start playing music instantly. A lot of this can improve over time, as it’s a new service, so look forward to some updates. But for now, hit the widget below, give it a shot and tell us what you think!