Samsung seems to be giving Google Play Music service a big push now, making it its default music player on its devices. With the retail launch of the Galaxy S8, both the companies announced new partnership which concludes that Google Play Music the stock pre-installed music player on all Samsung devices. The goodies Google is adding new features exclusively for Samsung customers. Here are the details.
From today onward, the Google’s music app will become the preferred music player on Samsung mobile devices, followed by the partnership which kicked off immediately with the S8 shipments. But it technically began a year ago: Play Music has been the default music playback app on the Galaxy S7, a result of Samsung trying to cut down on duplicate apps that clashed with Google’s services on Android.
What’s changed now i that Google is making minimal enhancements to the Play Music service nevertheless for Samsung customers. For example, Galaxy S8 owners can upload up to 100,00 tracks to the music service’s cloud locker, also making them available to download/stream from anywhere.
For all other Play Music listeners, the aforementioned limit remains 50,000 (Uploading tracks is a free feature of Google Play Music that doesn’t require a monthly subscription). Read: How To Use Samsung Smart Switch Mobile App To Transfer Files, Music And More
Under the partnership perspective, Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ owners will be able to upload/download, stream songs to Google Play Music for free of cost. New customers of Samsung devices will now be offered a free three-month trail of Google Play Music streaming membership that lifts with ad-free and on-demand access to more than 40 million tracks and thousands of playlists.
Subscriptions also play a big role here as Google continues to compete with Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and others. Galaxy S8 buyers will receive a free 3-month Play Music trail – just like customers who purchased Google’s own Pixel smartphone and other select Android devices. In fact, those free months are only available to new subscribers and not existing customers, but the offer is great globally.
Also promised by Google is that to deliver other “special features in Play Music just for Samsung customers”. Also, the company promising that Google Play Music will support Bixby – Samsung’s own digital assistant – once support for voice commands is actually ready to rollout.
You will also get full access to YouTube Red where that’s available. This will allow subscribers to ask Bixby to play their favorite song or music track. The Samsung partnership remains significant for Google’s streaming music ambitions. No-frills Samsung music app remains available but must be downloaded from the Play Store as was the case with S7.
Now, Play Music is getting another year of visibility as the favored music app on devices from Samsung, far and away the most successful Android manufacturer. Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ owners experience the real music streaming power of Google Play Music directly on your Samsung device.
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