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Last Updated: December 13th, 2012

Hi, everyone. I'd like to introduce you to the Samsung Muse. This is a music player with no screen and a mere 4GB of storage that requires a phone with music on it in order to sync. It costs $50 and is going on sale in the U.S. soon. Why is this handy little thingy going to be made available here? Because screw you, that's why.

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'What is this device?' you ask? It's a music player. 4GB of storage for all the music you can handle so long as you can't handle that much music. Also, you need to have the music on your phone already. You see, instead of syncing this to something like iTunes, you grab music from the portable handset with a headphone jack that you already carry around with you.

Wait, why the hell would I buy a separate music player that I can only sync with my phone? Why not?! Sounds like a great idea to me! I always try to find ways to spend money on gadgets that do the same thing my phone already does, only not as well.

Ummm, okay. Well, I don't. Maybe a jogger would or something? Do you jog? Of course I do! When I'm running from Zombies. And yes, it's true that if you were a fitness geek that wanted to use a bite-sized media player without risking your super expensive phone, this might be alright. I suppose $50 isn't too much to spend on an accessory like this. However, outside of a couple very exceptional use cases, it's difficult to see the value in this.

Don't you think that's being a little judgmental? Your needs aren't the needs of the masses! Well, you sure changed your tune pretty quickly there, didn't you? In any case, you're absolutely right. Sure, I might need a piece of desktop software to sync my music, since I don't carry my entire media collection around on my smartphone, but who knows? I might be in the minority on that one.

Okay, maybe you have a point. Of course I do. I'm a blogger.

Update: So, it turns out, buried deep in a set of PDF instructions, there is a reference to being able to sync music via Kies, which is a huge boost to the usability of this device, so at least 40% of the snark in this article should be retracted. Though, +10% snark penalty for hiding this function so unbelievably deep, Samsung.

Source: Samsung

CORRECTING and REPLACING and ADDING MULTIMEDIA Samsung Mobile Launches Galaxy Muse – Portable and Powerful Music Accessory

New device expands Galaxy sharing capabilities with music management directly from a smartphone

CORRECTION...by Samsung Mobile

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fifth graph, first sentence, price should read $49.99 (sted $59.99).

“Muse is the latest example of Samsung delivering another outlet for content consumption across the entire spectrum of consumer electronics.”

The corrected release reads:

SAMSUNG MOBILE LAUNCHES GALAXY MUSE – PORTABLE AND POWERFUL MUSIC ACCESSORY

New device expands Galaxy sharing capabilities with music management directly from a smartphone

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile) – the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States and a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the No. 1 smartphone provider worldwide1 – is giving Galaxy™ smartphone users in the United States an amazing new way to enjoy music on the go called Galaxy Muse™. Coupled with the Muse Sync Android™ app, Samsung is providing Galaxy S® III and Galaxy Note® II owners an innovative new way of syncing music that frees them from their PC2.

Galaxy Muse is a small, lightweight MP3 player that shares several physical features and design aesthetics with the latest Galaxy smartphones, including a rounded, natural design and matching Pebble Blue and Marble White color scheme. In addition, Galaxy Muse provides users up to six hours of play time, 4 GB of memory, and rich, spacious sound quality thanks to Samsung SoundAlive® optimized audio technology. With SoundAlive, users notice deeper bass and enhanced tone when listening to their favorite songs, as SoundAlive intelligently adjusts sound quality and clarity.

Users can get their music on the Galaxy Muse by simply downloading the Muse Sync app from the Google Play™ marketplace or Samsung Apps. After connecting Galaxy Muse to the Galaxy S III or Galaxy Note II via the included connector cable (USB to 3.5mm headset jack), users can sync the songs they want and leave their phone behind. Due to its wearable design and small form factor, users can take Muse along in place of their smartphone as a portable music player at the gym or on the go. Galaxy Muse also comes equipped with a durable, built-in clip for attaching the device to a shirt or pocket, so it’s wearable and offers the convenience of hands-free listening. Within this compact and clean design, Muse offers enough capacitive controls to become a user’s primary music player. Skip, shuffle, pause, or go back and listen to your favorite song again and again.

“The Galaxy Muse expands the Samsung Galaxy product portfolio to offer music on-the-go in a compact and lightweight player, with songs shared directly from our award-winning smartphones,” said Kevin Packingham, chief product officer at Samsung Mobile. “Muse is the latest example of Samsung delivering another outlet for content consumption across the entire spectrum of consumer electronics.”

Galaxy Muse is available in Pebble Blue and Marble White for $49.99 at Samsung.com. The Samsung Muse Sync mobile application is available free from Samsung Apps and the Google Play marketplace. For more information on Galaxy Muse, go to http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/cell-phones-accessories/YP-W1NAL/STA.

Galaxy Muse Technical Specifications

  • Audio Codec: MP3, WMA, FLAC, OGG
  • Dimensions: 1.7 x 1.25 x 0.5 inches
  • Weight: 13.8g
  • Play time: Up to 6 hours3
  • Storage: 4 GB
  • OS Requirements: Android™ 3.0 or higher
  • Muse Sync App downloadable via Google Play and Samsung Apps
  • Three switches: Mode (shuffle or continuous play), On/Off/SoundAlive, and Hold
  • Front volume controls
  • LED status indicator

1 Samsung Mobile is the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics, North America Handset Vendor Marketshare, Q3 2012. Samsung Electronics Company is the No. 1 smartphone provider worldwide based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics Global Smartphone Vendor Market Share by Region: Q3 2012.

2 Galaxy Muse is compatible with the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Note® and Galaxy S® II smartphones.

3 Play time will vary based on type of phone configured with and usage patterns. Formatted capacity may be less than what is indicated.

Samsung, Galaxy S, Galaxy Note, Muse and SoundAlive are trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Android is a trademark of Google Inc. Other company names, product names and marks mentioned herein are property of their respective owners and may be trademarks or registered trademarks.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • mikeGsays

    Multiple personalities are funny.....

    But I do agree with you that this is worthless, coming from an SGSIII owner

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      I have no idea what you're talking about and neither do I.

      • ProductFRED

        We also agree.

        • ProductFRED

          And disagree.

  • Kenny O

    Every single scenario that could make this product even semi useful can be accomplished with another cheaper or easier to use alternative.

  • Shane

    Use coupon code “rE156940u” at checkout for 50% off and device will drop down to 24.99

  • abhisahara

    The only respite is that you can use the coupon code like u use for other phone related accessories like use this code - rE156940u to get 50% on the Price. And guess wat its backordered now . LOL

  • Tom

    Whoever says they've never sinned let them throw the first Samsung Muse.

    • Forcemaker

      *lol* ur' right - Now the color name "Pebble blue" get's back to the roots...

      Nice, but after phones became first smaller, then even larger ("Phablet") let's wait for the "Boulder type" edition ;-) Then, let's have fun throwing sinfully!

      • Tomi Golob

        I almost choked on that Boulder Edition line lol lol , nicely done dear person from the interwebs

  • Ashish Raj

    For a moment there, I thought those were apple headphones!!

  • brkshr

    I don't see this as a knock off at all! You can transfer music from your phone. Couldn't get much easier than that. Who wants to run with their phone anyways (especially a giant S3 or Note2)? For $25 bucks, I'll probably get one just for the hell of it.

  • Sean Stone

    Just bought one with the 50% off coupon earlier for my wife. She just got a GSIII, because she smashed her Galaxy Nexus to piece with repeated drops. If I can avoid having to replace another phone with this $25 device, sign me up. ($50 I think is too much)

  • Shane
  • Dima Aryeh

    Useless? Yes. Cool? Yeah... I'm ashamed to be a future owner of one of these.

  • ddpacino

    Look... this would be perfect for someone like me. I hate having to pull my phone in an out of my pocket for notifications with a wire dangling out of the thing. I could easily figure out how to operate this without even pulling it out of my pocket.

    It's also nice that I can leave my phone on my bed or something to charge and still be able to listen to my music as I walk around the house. It's smaller and lighter, and much more portable. It's not meant to be for everyone. It's a niche product.

    • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

      Agreed. I just ordered one (check out the half price promo code on Droid-Life). This is perfect for me because I am a clumsy fat guy trying to get back in shape by running. I have used phones in the past in a runner's armband (I look like an ass), but as I just ordered a Note II, there is no way in hell this will remain a practical solution. The only thing it is lacking to me is a pedometer or GPS so that it could work with Zombies Run!

      I agree $50 is too much for something like this, but for me, at $25 I am definitely willing to give it a crack.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Or you can get a pair of BT buds with the play/pause/rew/ff buttons instead. Or a set of wired buds with the same.

      The point is not that this little thing sucks on its own, because it doesn't. It's how you sync music to it - that destroys any positives in my opinion.

      • http://cashd00d.co.cc/ WHAT?

        Think of the alternative. With an iPod Shuffle, you NEED to be connected to a PC to do anything other than play music from it. With this, you can connect to your smartphone while you are out and about to change up your playlists, check your battery life, add/remove music, etc. If you're going to get a tiny music player that is separate from your smartphone, this is clearly the better choice.

        • Jim Nosrati

          buy a crappy little mp3 player for 30 bucks and have twice the storage and the option to sync with your pc. itll probably even come with an fm radio built in and an sd card slot. (like the cheap sansa clip models).

          as far as syncing with your phone, usb host and drag and drop.

          • Kenny O

            This is exactly what I was thinking, there are a ton of cheap iPod shuffle "clones" on the market that do the same thing and do not require any kind of specific software.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          If they made it work with a PC AND my phone, that'd be one thing. Phone only doesn't cut it for me, sorry.

          • Daniel Knecht

            Since it comes with a micro-USB and a full-size USB adapter, I would assume it will work your desktop fine.

          • John O’Connor

            Not to mention that most manufacturers do not have extra capabilities built into the 3.5mm headphone jack, I believe that a few HTC devices have the same data capable headphone jack.

  • mesmorino

    I'm more interested in who exactly they think would go running without their phone. If you're gonna be running for a significant distance, I would say a phone is an obvious companion device. Especially a modern phone.

    • Cheeseball

      With a phone as big as a Samsung Galaxy S III or a Note II? A Galaxy Pocket would be a better companion on a jog or sprint due to it's form factor.

      • mesmorino

        I have a galaxy s3, i don't consider it to be that big. That's not the point though, the point is that almost any other mp3 player would be a better solution because not only are there other similarly sized mp3 players, they don't require you to have a) a Samsung device, or b) a Samsung device with music already on it

        • Cheeseball

          Yeah, that is the main disadvantage of this device.

        • wlmeng11

          Like the Sansa Clip.

          • jay

            The sansa's break too easily

  • TylerChappell

    Also, you can get this thing on sale right now for only $25, which is the most I think anyone should want to spend on such a device.
    Just use the promo code: rE156940u

  • brainimpact

    Where can I get one in UK? someone buy one with a code and I'll give you £50, that like 3x-4x your money

    • Alec Smith

      Except its not near 3x-4x their money, more like around 1.3x

      • brainimpact

        you are so wrong £50 is $80 they are getting this for $25 with 50% off code so that is more than 3x their money if they sell it.

    • Freak4Dell

      You would seriously waste 50 pounds on this? I mean, if you're serious, I'll do it for you, but it just seems wrong to not try and stop you.

      • Doug Nichols

        This made me laugh, but seriously you should make a group of Americans' to keep us Brits supplied with tech! Even this...

        • Freak4Dell

          Hey, give me enough money, and I'll keep you supplied with anything you need.

          Except that...you pervert. :p

      • brainimpact

        cheers for the offer last night found a local seller which sells for £40 though

  • Cheeseball

    If this thing has gapless playback and a good DAC, it will destroy the iPod Shuffle's sales.

    The two disadvantages are that it (a) needs a USB-to-3.5mm headset jack converter since it doesn't have the jack itself and (b) requires you to sync with your Android phone instead of your PC.

    • ProductFRED

      The average iPod buyer is the average Joe. The average Joe thinks anything without an Apple logo on it is a knockoff. As much as we'd like it to, it won't destroy any iPod's sales.

      • Cheeseball

        That may actually be true (especially since there weren't many MP3/AAC players as small as the shuffle back in 2005) but if it had those two features, this would be the definite shuffle-killer specs-wise.

  • Adam

    -1 to Samsung. The idea of having to use a phone to put music on it...terrible. Poop. Yeah, I said it: poop.

  • Nagatzhul

    If it was some like the Sandisk Clip+, but android driven, I would be all over it. But until then, the Clp+ fills my needs, as they now are.

    I would love an Jelly Bean media player, though. With expandable storage disappearing from devices and not liking the cloud, personally, that is what I keep hoping for.

  • bse88

    I kinda like it. This little thing NW-E107 http://www.mediacollege.com/equipment/sony/walkman/network/images/nwe103ps.jpg was my first mp3 player and it was effing great because: 1. It totally fitted in your hand. 2. You could control it without looking at it. Its simplicity was adorable.

    • John O’Connor

      I believe you meant fitteted. /S ;-)

  • aerojad

    Greatest post.

  • Douglas Hill

    I just ordered it, you can pick it up for $25.00 right now with a coupon code. For that price I'll give it a try.

  • Adam Medina

    If you don't already have an iPod, you probably don't want one.

  • Freak4Dell

    So...rather than get one of those Sansa MP3 players for like $30-40 (and those have expandable storage and a screen, too), Samsung thinks I should pay $50 for this. Sounds like a reasonable request.

  • http://twitter.com/kev_martin Kev Martin

    I think maybe some people miss the point of why Samsung would release this (or any) device. That is, because they believe they can make a significant profit on it. This seems clear to me to be pitched as an accessory for your Samsung phone, rather than a product in its own right. There are millions of people that will eat it up - and good for them. Just because you don't have a need or want for a product, doesn't mean it is a bad or unnecessary product. Also, inferring it is a knock off ipod suffle is a terrible thing to say. Its an MP3 player that has a clip-on design - such things existed long before Apple ever released any ipods. Please don't encourage Apple with their ideas that whenever they release a product they own the whole conept of that product. I'd grab one myself - if I could get that discount people are referring to, AND if it didn't rely on earbuds, which I personally despise.

    • IMHO

      i think this is a direct competition(and/or) to ipod shuffle. like galaxy players with other ipod touch. and the galaxy phones with the iphones.

  • William

    Errr unless something better comes out than my $20 sansa clip + sound quality wise I'll pass.

  • Bleakvision

    No, Samsung didn't rip off the iPod Shuffle, this is just the natural evolution of headphones.

  • http://www.keithwoo.com/ Keith Woo

    Wooohooo!! Rageeeeeeeee postttttt! :D

  • PLC

    Makes sense if you are part of the post-PC generation.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/MMcCraryNJ Michael McCrary

    Another commenter below posted a comment that I think deserves more attention:

    "Think of the alternative. With an iPod Shuffle, you NEED to be connected to a PC to do anything other than play music from it. With this, you can connect to your smartphone while you are out and about to change up your playlists, check your battery life, add/remove music, etc."

    Think of that convenience factor. These tiny MP3 players have such limited storage, everyone I know with a Sansa Clip or iPod Shuffle is constantly wiping their devices to add different music and podcasts depending on their situation. Let's look at a common scenario...in any given week, a person might have 3-4 different playlists that they like to listen to in a personal (headphones) manner. Maybe a running playlist, a playlist they like to listen to at work, maybe a different one if they commute into work, and they're also a big podcast listener, with multiple podcasts having weekly updates. With a traditional small MP3 player, that person would need to make quite a few sync trips to their PC, wiping the device, adding new things, etc. With this device, they can do all of that from anywhere, as long as they have their smartphone with them of course.

    Whether or not that's worth any money to you is the question, however 50 bucks is stocking suffer range, and for 25, I wish I had a compatible device to try this out with.

    I think Samsung may be on to something here. Remember how they were laughed out of the room when it came to original Galaxy Note? Nobody was going to buy it, there's no reason for it, it serves an extremely niche market? Yeah...

    • fsss

      cant compare a bigger Galaxy S to such a .. thing. Almost everyone nowaday listens to music with their smartphone. Those who dont, get an iPod Touch. Those who dont want to spend that much money, get either a smaller ipod (because they know apple) or some 40$ 4GB stick that plays music. Its always "or".

      Noone gets an iPhone and buys an Ipod Touch, because he doesnt listen with his smartphone for some reason. I mean yes, he could sync .. playlists to his ipod touch and listen there.. its as easy as this samsung thing.. but .. who would ever do that?

      Back to that comparison: The galaxy note is a bigger Galaxy S. That means High end design, prices and materials. It even wears the same name. Cant compare that to one of samsungs many "we just do smth we might work, even though noone really wants it"

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      "I wish I had a compatible device to try this out with."

      That's the real trouble with this device. In the world of dedicated media players, if you have a computer, you should have a "compatible device." It's not that you have the option of syncing to your phone that bothers me. It's that you have the requirement to sync to your phone.

      You, sir, are a completely avoidable lost sale on Samsung's part.

      • kurama kaledean

        For goodness sake, it can sync to a pc. Please do some research.

  • bobomb

    Well that was super self-righteous and makes me not want to read your posts anymore.

  • Djaj

    Of course its not a knock off :D The earphones are totally new, the whole idea is totally new!!111
    Just like the Galaxy S was Samsungs idea from 1990!!!! I dont know which one is more annoying these days, the Apple Fanboys or the Samsung fanboys.. I rather have the fucked up elitist ones rather the stupid ones

  • ssj4Gogeta

    Wait, it's a knockoff because it's a portable music player? Why, did Apple patent that as well?

    • Tomi Golob

      Oh come on... if this device will be better than the Shuffle,then it wont be a knockoff ,ok? :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/taylor.labrier Taylor LaBrier

    Sheesh! This article was all snark! Haha! Personally, I think it's stupid too. For $50, I could get an old Android phone off of Ebay. I actually use one of the original LG Optimus models as an mp3 player and it's great! It's the whole experience of a Froyo Android phone with a solid build and slightly rubberized exterior. I've never understood why anyone would buy an mp3 player with no display at all.

    • http://twitter.com/add119 adam

      You can get droid 1 for $70 with better specs

  • defred34

    Wow.!.! Eric is an awful snob. Who spurned your love mate, that you had to come up with this vile post?

  • LewisSD

    50% off promo code for this mp3 player is "rE156940u".
    And to be honest Eric, Why would you complain about a divice like this? Sure it might only fit the needs of certain people but a true lover of tech wouldn't just bash a divice before ever using. I usually enjoy AP articles, but I have to say this one basically seems to go against the usual quality I expect from you guys.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      Okay, yeah, I've got my snark phasers set to kill on this one, and frankly, it's just because it was fun. But to be honest, while I don't hate this device, I do think it's severely crippled by a.) the need to sync to a phone and not a computer, and 2.) the lack of Kies support. Samsung even has desktop software that you can sync music to with your phone. The fact that this thing doesn't work with that is, in my opinion, a glaring design flaw. This isn't really excusable.

      It's true that some people might use this, but it's also a dying market. Which, you know, it's fine for Samsung to want to enter that market if it wants a little extra income. But to half-ass a product just to check a box on a product sheet makes me, as a lover of tech, feel insulted on behalf of consumers.

      If this were corrected (or if there's some undocumented support for Kies), I would rescind those criticisms.

      • LewisSD

        Thats true it should be able to sync with a pc. I think their selling point on this one is you can manage it with a galaxy device and take your playlist on the go without your phone. To me that is cool, but that is because I have an s3 and anyone without a samsung phone cant even consider buying this thing. They have narrowed their potential for sales by doing that and this thing probably wont get too far.

        BTW speaking of samsung have you seen the video for their premium update for the S3? I thought Id see it on AP by now. Anyway, here is the link http://global.samsungtomorrow.com/?p=20717

      • kojack

        I would rather go without music than use apple products

        • Tomi Golob

          That's an example of overboard ideologic crap about THINGS for fuck's sake...i would understand it of they were people,but these brands are THINGS. I dont support Apple for completely different reasons...come on guys

  • SiMBol10

    It's good for someone who doesn't have a desktop but has an android tablet

    • John O’Connor

      Except it is not compatible with a tablet (yet)

  • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.robles1 Joseph Anthony Robles

    This thing allows you to change playlists on the fly. Not ever having to Sync to a PC is nice. And to your response on not using your phone for music it's a simple answer of saving battery. Draining this thing down is better than draining your phone down(especially since it doesn't have a screen, and we all know the screens are the power fiends these days). I could see it being useful on road trips as well(that you're not driving for obviously). So coupled with the fact that there are a few cases in which people need them. This thing is nifty for the price, although I wouldn't mind using a coupon code for it as mentioned above :P

  • brainimpact

    This thing is great if you have Kids and want to control what they listen to b/c they have to come to you to load up and sync. Keep them away from all that negative Gangster Rap and Satanic Metal crap.

  • Guest

    "Sure, I might need a piece of desktop software to sync my music, since I don't carry my entire media collection around on my smartphone, but who knows? I might be in the minority on that one."

    If you're argument is that you don't want to use your phone as the source for the player because it doesn't have the music you want on it, that kind of invalidates your argument that it's easier to just use your phone AS a player. If you're going to just use your phone, then I'm assuming that the music you want is already on it? If that's the case, what's the problem?

    • Tomi Golob

      Actually if you read the article carefully he says that he prefers using his phone for music...so no,he didnt say that at all in my opinion. He just sarcastically justified buying this thing. Strawman arguments are not cool man :/

    • Freak4Dell

      On a phone, you can stream music. You can't do that with this rock.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tbarnhardt Troy Barnhardt

    "Sure, I might need a piece of desktop software to sync my music, since I don't carry my entire media collection around on my smartphone, but who knows? I might be in the minority on that one."

    On the one hand, you're arguing that you could just use your phone as a player, while at the same time saying that the music you want to listen to isn't already on your phone. Which is it?

    This thing seems great for someone who wants to work out but doesn't want to bring their computer to the gym in order to change the music on their player, or risk dropping their $500 smartphone while working out or running.

  • HotInEER

    I like the idea myself. Saves the battery on your phone, and is light and portable to take to the gym and not worry about leaving your phone or dropping your phone. As far as the 4gb goes, sure, I'd like more space, but it's not that difficult to throw a couple hundred songs or more on there. It's not made to carry your whole collection. Other great thing is you don't need to have a computer to sync your music to it.

    It might not be for everyone, but, I will pick up one for me and the wife. Not too mention you good a solid, well made device in the price range of most no name products on the market.

  • http://twitter.com/kev_martin Kev Martin

    The reverse psychology troll-post is taking hold. I want one now. Unfortunately not available here in Australia.

  • Tomi Golob

    Why did they change the name from S-Pebble (disastrous name if u ask me... i mean come on S PEBBLE? get it? ASS PEBBLE...yeah,horrible) to Muse?? Why not just fucking PEBBLE and nothing else? Oh Samsung...

  • melody

    not for me.
    but if they make this as a wearable watch, I'm in.

  • sreeraj

    it can sync with pc

  • http://twitter.com/cthonctic Cthonctic

    I bought a very similar device from Philips many years ago - before there was such a thing as an iPod Shuffle. Why is everybody so focused on Samsung vs. Apple FFS?

  • WithinMobile.com

    It doesn't look like a ipod shuffle knock-off to me.

  • http://twitter.com/13xploited xploited

    What are you doing Samsung? STAHP!

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