Samsung is debuting an online music store called the Samsung Music Hub, which will be available initially via its new Samsung Galaxy S III in Germany, Italy, the U.K., France and Spain.
The service will allow songs to be streamed through the cloud as well as downloaded onto a device for offline listening, and has over 19 million tracks available for purchase and streaming through a partnership with 7digital's licensing rights and API. The company announced that its purchase of web-based media provider mSpot earlier this month formed the groundwork for the Music Hub.
Samsung is also offering a Music Hub Premium option, which for €9.99/month allows users to upload their music catalog to the cloud -- which offers 100GB of storage space -- and stream the service's entire catalog, as well as listen to artist-based radio stations, similar to the offerings of Spotify or Pandora.
"When you ask yourself, 'what do I want to listen to?' there is now one simple answer, for every mood, every place and everyone," said TJ Kang, SVP of Samsung Electronics' Media Solution Center, in a statement. "With the new Music Hub, we're bringing the joy back to music -- listening, collecting and sharing."
Samsung will be rolling out the service to its other devices soon, but for today's release the Hub is only available on the Galaxy S III. Apple's iTunes Music Store launched in 2003 and currently features over 20 million songs, while Sony also unveiled its Music Unlimited service in January, with a catalog of over 12 million tracks.