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Samsung flip-flops, will launch paid Milk Music plan in South Korea

Samsung appears to have had a change of heart on whether to charge for its Milk Music service in South Korea. Today, the tech giant announced that it would introduce a premium tier to Milk following some legal trouble with a group of Korean record labels. According to Korea Bizwire, the paid plan will arrive in Samsung’s home country in the first quarter of 2015. Continue Reading

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Samsung in trouble for making Milk Music a free service

Samsung has drawn the ire of the Korea Music Copyright Association with its Milk Music. The group of record labels signed a contract with Samsung stating that the tech major would begin charging for the streaming service starting Oct. 10. Samsung is still offering Milk for free to the owners of certain smartphones, but it is paying the streaming charges to Soribada, a subcontractor and local music distributor. The association ended its contract with Soribada today as a result, claiming that continuing to operate Milk Music without its approval would be a copyright infringement. Continue Reading

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All Def Digital secures $5 million in Series A financing

All Def Digital, the cross-platform network spearheaded by Russell Simmons, secured $5 million in Series A financing. The funding will support the network’s growth, original programming, and initiatives for artist and talent development. This multimedia resource for the hip-hop community has also forged interesting ties to streaming music. Continue Reading

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Samsung launches Milk Music, instant and free listening for 200-million Galaxy users

In a very interesting, potentially impactful maneuver, Samsung has launched a new streaming music service. Called Milk Music, the mobile-only app does not require any sort of registration or payment, and is ad-free. The music is powered by Slacker. Milk Music is available as an Android app only to selected Samsung phones, of which there exist about 200-million on the street. Continue Reading