Samsung Is Retiring U.S.-Based Milk Music Service
Samsung has decided to retire its web radio service Milk Music in the United States, nearly five months after doing the same in Australia. In a statement on its website, the company said it would instead focus on making its popular Galaxy smartphones a better home for third-party music streaming services.
"We have made the strategic decision to invest in a partner model focused on seamlessly integrating the best music services available today into our family of Galaxy devices," the statement said. "We believe that working with partners will accelerate innovation, enhance device sales and provide amazing new experiences for our customers."
Milk Music launched in 2014 and was aimed at giving Galaxy users a digital radio option outside of Pandora. A premium version of Milk Music, which removed ads and allowed for unlimited skips, cost $3.99 per month, the same as Pandora One.
A service announcement posted to milk.samsung.com said technical support for Milk would end on Sept. 22 and encouraged users to sign up for two free weeks of Slacker Radio, which has always powered Milk. The core functionality of Milk Music’s web client -- creating free stations based on an artist or song -- continues to work.
Though it has exited the world's largest market, Samsung is not ready to abandon Milk Music altogether. When contacted by Billboard, a Samsung rep said that Milk continues to operate in China, Malaysia and South Korea. The service was live in Australia for just over a year before it was nixed in March.
This article was updated with information about other markets where Milk Music continues to operate.