They say music calms the soul and that milk does a body good, but Samsung looks keen on connecting the two, as it rolls out a service for its smartphone, tablets, and wearables that’s all about keeping your ears happy.
It’s called “Milk” and while Samsung’s Music Hub doesn’t really do much these days, we’re not quite sure this is exactly a replacement. Instead of being another all-you-can-eat music service, Milk is more like a radio that you can define, sort of like what Pandora has going for it, but more like one reliant on graphics and moods.
Instead of typing in a song you want to start your station off with, you’ll instead drag your finger either inside or outside a circle, with the outside giving you quick access across the various genres of music where songs are currently set to play, while the inside will offer more granularity.
From there, you can bring up a panel from the bottom of the screen and fine tune the station you’re listening to, catering for music that is either popular or not very, new or old, and whether or not it should play favourite songs, with individual songs able to be added to your list of favourites when you want to.
The system feels like an old radio dial updated for the modern era, and at any time you can bring up the dial by pressing the middle of the screen, controlling the music choice based on what you see. I
f you want even more control, a field at the top of the screen will show you precisely what station you’re tuned to and allow you to select it specifically.
“Australians love their music and we’re extremely excited to be one of the very first countries to launch this fantastic service which has already seen great success in the United States,” said Arno Lenior, Chief Marketing Officer at Samsung Electronics Australia.
“Milk is a truly innovative service that delivers an amazing music experience for our customers to enjoy the music they love.”
At the moment, the service is free to any Australian with either a Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, S5, Note 2, Note 3, Note 4, Note Edge, Tab 4, Tab S, Note Pro, Note 10.1 2014 edition, and the Galaxy Gear S smartwatch, with preferences and favourites synchronised between the various devices you use it on.
You will need an internet connection for the service, and we’re already getting the feeling that there’s no caching here, but if you have a Samsung device, you now have something new to play with.