Samsung will use Google Play Music as the default music app on its devices
Samsung is giving Google Play Music a big boost. Today, coinciding with the commercial launch of the Galaxy S8, the two companies announced that Google’s music app will become the preferred music player on Samsung mobile devices. The partnership starts immediately with the S8. But it technically started a year ago; Play Music was also the default music player app on the Galaxy S7, a result of Samsung’s attempt to reduce duplicate apps that conflicted with Google’s services on Android.
What has changed now is that Google is making improvements to the Play Music service exclusively for Samsung customers. For example, Galaxy S8 owners can upload up to 100,000 tracks to the service’s cloud locker, making them available for streaming from anywhere. For all other Play Music listeners, the limit remains at 50,000. (Downloading songs is a free feature of Google Play Music and does not require a monthly subscription.)
Subscriptions play a bigger role this time around as well, as Google continues to compete with Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and others. Galaxy S8 buyers will get a three-month free trial for Play Music, as will consumers who have purchased Google’s own Pixel smartphone and other select Android devices. As usual, these free months are only available for New existing subscribers and non-customers, but the offer is generally good
Google has also promised to provide other “special features in Google Play Music only for Samsung customers.” Additionally, the company promises that Play Music will support Bixby, Samsung’s smartphone assistant, once voice command support is ready to roll out.
The partnership with Samsung remains important to Google’s streaming music ambitions. So far, the company has followed Spotify and. al by gaining mainstream pickup with consumers. Samsung’s classic, no-frills music app remains available but must be downloaded from the Play Store, as was the case with the S7. Play Music gets another year of visibility as the favorite music app on devices from Samsung, by far the best performing Android maker. Samsung’s own attempts to create a rival Spotify failed when the company shut down its Milk Music service last August.