Samsung's Milk Music Officially Shuts Down U.S. Service

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The Samsung Electronics Co. logo is displayed at a store in Bangkok, Thailand on  Oct. 4, 2012.

The long, slow death of Samsung's streaming radio service Milk Music in the United States has finally arrived, a month after it was announced and six months after it also went dark in Australia. Technical support for the service, which has been powered by Slacker Radio since its 2014 launch, officially ends today (Sept. 22), and Milk users are being offered a free 14-day trial of Slacker Plus, that company's ad-free radio tier that usually costs $3.99/month.

“While we’re not commenting on Samsung’s decision to no longer support Milk Music, our hope is that the impact on users will be minimal," said Duncan Orrell-Jones, CEO of Slacker Radio, in a statement. "Milk Music has always been powered by Slacker Radio, and by switching over to Slacker, music fans can continue to enjoy the same personalized listening experience they’ve come to love through our unique programming, storytelling and curated stations."

When news of Milk's impending demise first broke last month, a rep for Samsung said the company was not abandoning the service entirely, noting that it still operates in China, Malaysia and its corporate home of South Korea.