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Last Updated: March 10th, 2014

If you purchase a Samsung phone in the near future, you're going to have yet another option for listening to music. However, unlike most of the other streaming services, the newly announced Milk Music is free and has no ads. The Milk Music app is live in Google Play and it's compatible with the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Note 2, Note 3,, S4 Active, S4 Mini, and Mega at this time. It should also be compatible with the Galaxy S5.

Milk Music - Customize Dial - Blake Shelton Milk Music - Fine Tune - Lorde Milk Music - with Dial - Foster the People

Let's get this out of the way first – why is it called Milk Music? According to Samsung, because it's "fresh and organic." Okay, Samsung. Milk is essentially a genre-based streaming app powered by Slacker (Samsung developed the app itself). You use the dial interface (with haptic feedback) to load up a station and just let it ride. There are 200 stations included, but you can customize the dial to include whatever you want. You can create stations from any artist or song, but cannot search for individual songs. Milk Music includes sliders for each station to fine-tune the frequency of popular, new, and favorite tracks. All this customization will sync with your Samsung account if you decide to log in.

Milk Music - with Dial - Jay Z Milk Music - with Dial - Karmin Milk Music - Contextual Menu - Blake Shelton

The streaming is unlimited, but Milk does not support offline caching. Milk Music allows you to skip six songs per hour on each station, which is pretty generous for a free service. It also pre-caches the first eight seconds of your stations when the app is launched so you can start playing instantly. There is no tablet support at this time, but that might come later. Sadly, ads might come later too – Samsung will reevaluate the service down the road and could decide to change the model.

Milk Music - without Dial - Karmin Milk Music - History - Blake Shelton Milk Music - without Dial - Blake Shelton Screenshot_2014-03-07-09-17-55

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • spacekobra

    That actually looks really nice.

    As a Canadian Nexus owner, that deal is a double whammy to my face. :(

  • Anthony Tyson

    Just what the world needs.. Another music service.

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

      Well, it's powered by Slacker, but technically, yes, it's another music service. But it's free, really well-made, and you don't have to use it, so there's that.

      • yankeesusa

        Very true. So far I love it and I plan on using it for a while. can't wait for future updates.

  • Burnit

    The problem I have with Samsung is not the plastic phones or the debatable plagiarism, it's that they're so friggin' LAME! Milk Music? Fresh and Organic? It's so cringe worthy.

    • remister

      But is it DRINK worthy?

      • Grayson

        Depends. Is it lactose free? Are we talking skim or whole here?

        • remister

          Fresh and Organic Mother's Milk, yea I went there.

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

      Name aside, the app itself is very well-made, free, and is an easy way for Samsung users to enjoy what I see as pretty much an equivalent of satellite radio, like XM, except on your phone. The name is indeed absolutely ridiculous.

    • Hans Pedersen

      People at this site...

      Samsung offer a free music streaming service, and what's the reaction?
      RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGE!....

      I guess that's why I spend more time at Android Central these days.

    • Keg Man

      boobies = Milk = much better visual. I dont care about names, you never sat there and wtf is a nintendo. wtf is a samsung? wtf is a toyota? you aint mad, they named it milk, it probably has a meanful translation or symbolism in japan but we sit here complaining about spilled milk

  • Rayun Mehrab

    Shows incompatible for my Note 3

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

      It's compatible, just give it a few minutes to propagate. I have it on my Note 3.

  • remister

    Galaxy Nexus compatible! Let's go.

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

      Does it run though? It blocks non-Samsung devices when you start it, I imagine they may be blocking ones that aren't explicitly approved as well.

      • remister

        I will have to get back to you on that. My Galaxy Nexus is at home. I remotely installed it onto the device though.

        • http://www.google.com/profiles/MetalMessiah78 José Gómez

          It also let me remotely install it on my Galaxy Nexus. I too will have to wait until I get home to see if it works, but I'm guessing it probably won't, since I'm running AOKP on it.

          • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

            Looks like everyone with a GN is doing that right now; including me.

      • Scott Kaforey

        Didn't Samsung make the Galaxy Nexus?

        • remister

          Yep, technically Samsung hardware but no TouchWiz :P

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

          It's not in their explicitly approved devices list.

          • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

            Galaxy Nexus is a orphan child, all the way. It is called a Nexus, but it really isn't. It is made by Samsung, but it doesn't receive any Samsung exclusive features. But if some bug is identified with Samsung devices, GN will also have it. Poor GN.

          • Ed

            Not sure how you consider the GNex to not be a Nexus...elaborate? I guess you can make an argument for the Verizon model, because they always lagged their updates, but I fail to see where the GSM model doesn't qualify as a Nexus.

          • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

            Yea, I was referring to the Verizon model as that's what I had. No update for long long times, no Google Wallet etc. i always had to flash custom roms and sideload apk for those.

      • jjrudey

        It works fine. Installed it from the apk you provided, says incompatible in the Play Store but runs just fine. Attempting to sign in still crashes it though.

    • Guest

      just install the apk linked above. works on my galaxy nexus.

  • blakjakdavy
    • melitagnm105

      My Uncle Caleb just got red Ford Focus ST by working off of
      a computer. try this B­u­z­z­3­2­.­ℂ­o­m

    • RajivSK

      Samsung isn't very good at naming their products. Obviously should've been called 'Samsung S Hits'.

  • remister

    No Ads*

    * for a limited time

    • dev@xda

      Samsung only*

      * for a limited time

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

        Samsung only*

        * - forever

        FTFY

        • Kieron Quinn

          Samsung Only*

          *Until an Xposed module appears

          • Michael Pahl

            ha, exposed is mostly to pwn touchwiz though, in my experience.

          • Matthew Fry

            The xposed devs know there are more interesting alternatives.

  • Guest

    Free * for a limited time

  • jeffhesser

    Looks pretty. An Ad-Free streaming service seems like a way better feature than airplay, group play, smartScroll, WatchOn, Sbeam, Svoice, S... everything.

  • John Smith

    Awesome! I'm so excited I've got a creamy milkshake going on !

  • brkshr

    I'm really starting to hate Samsung and all their 'Exclusive' crap.

    "Samsung, the Apple of Android"

    • hot_spare

      So they give something for free for their customers, and that's your reason for your hate? Please enlighten us why they should give anything for free to HTC/Moto/LG customers??

      • brkshr

        There are plenty of free music streaming apps available to nearly all Android devices. They are trying to lock people into their ecosystem. That's all there is to anything they do. Like the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. They can give their customers whatever they want for free. I'm cool with that. You guys enjoy it. It's not for me though.

        • hot_spare

          I am not from US, so I definitely can't enjoy it yet. That's not the point though.

          My question is simple -- why should Samsung give anything for *free* to HTC/Moto/LG/Sony customers??

          • Keg Man

            You make a valid point. However, like the above guy, we're pissed about their watches being exclusive to samsung, the music player, and at least one more. just annoyed they appear to be going in this direction. They are still getting my personal info from the phone, stop forcing me to stay with your system. Make a good product and I'll stay, I dont want to in an ecosystem that I like but hate the phone. the watch and player are only the beginning.

    • John Smith

      Maybe buy a Samsung phone ?

      • brkshr

        No thanks

      • Keg Man

        Love my note3, but I miss my nexus. waiting for nexus + Phablet + stylus = my new phone

  • Bradley Ruiz

    Nice looking app and bad name, it kicked me out when it started playing saying my country is not supported and couldnt make it work with tor either, ohh well gplay music will do :P

  • Nabil L

    Samsung can make pretty apps, WHY can't they make pretty phones !?

    • John Smith

      however, notice how "their" apps don't share a common theme. (Due to the lack of a "Samsung" theme, I'm certain they outsource their apps)

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

    For those of you who are rooted but without a Samsung device, just (back up first) edit your build.prop and change your OEM's name and phone name to Samsung and Galaxy S4. I just did on the N5, rebooted, and Milk Music starts fine now and no longer complains about being incompatible.

    Account login/sync won't work - the app will crash, but everything else will.

    • gimmeAPK

      Apk please

    • http://ctrl.lv Elvijs Jaunzems

      >change your OEM's name and phone name to Samsung and Galaxy S4.

      Why would you do desecrate your holy Nexus? You have failed Lord Duarte, for you have fallen into lust of free music from Satansung.

      • m’lady

        *tips fedora*

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    So... it's Slacker's free service, with a skin. I started to think this was pretty cool until I got through all the limitations and realized that it appears, at least from memory, to have all of the same limits of Slacker's free tier. Now, I LOVE Slacker (although I no longer use it now that I have Play Music All Access), but it's hard to tout this as much of an advantage to owning a Samsung phone if I can get it without it. Yes, I realize there are no ads, FOR NOW, but that alone doesn't seem like enough of a reason to buy a Samsung phone, especially since that's not guaranteed to last.

    • yankeesusa

      Its not a reason to buy a samsung phone but you can't also just say slacker is better until you try it. I use slacker every day and use it over 75% of the time, the other time i use pandora and so far Milk is holding its own.

  • Guest

    Wow this is actually kind of exciting!

  • Chris

    Wow this is actually kind of exciting. I'll try it in a bit. How is the quality? And why do you guys link "Playboard" before the actual Play Store?

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

      It does that until Playboard picks up the info - then it becomes the widget. The link order in this fallback situation is arbitrary, and it only happens very rarely.

    • John Smith

      Sound quality is good as soon as you enter settings and switch the quality to high.
      At first bass sounded like crap, but after that setting change it's all good.

      Also - I love how there's almost no quiet time between tracks. (On Pandora I've experienced a lot of quiet time between tracks)

  • Ash732

    working fine on CM11 M3

  • Rick Fisher

    I was excited by the title thinking I had access to free music, but I already pay for slacker and with the limitations here, I think I'll just continue to do that.

  • Elie Tremblay

    No problem sideloading the apk on my videtron note 3 in canada, works perfect

  • Guest

    Got milk?

  • http://twitter.com/_vinr vinothr
  • kevgret

    Hi! I'm the original Galaxy Note. Remember me? Thanks for acting like I don't exist.

  • Martin

    Finally they did something right..

  • TSON1

    We'll just uh...add this to the list of awful names...

  • Jaxx89

    And another US only service

  • yankeesusa

    So far this app is awesome! No ads and great features, win win baby! Can't wait for more updates to improve the service. Samsung did something right for sure like some have been saying!

  • Matthew Fry

    It's a great looking app, I just... I don't like not being able to choose my music. I'd rather pay than listen to radio.

  • WHO?

    Whats the point? Every major streaming music network has free radio. I rather use spotify create my own playlist or album and just listen to it in shuffle mode.

  • John Smith

    I've heard some audio ads for the "Milk" app - which seems strange because I am obviously already using the app. It's probably test ads. Less frequent than Pandora - but still it interrupts the flow.

    • EH101

      Does it sound like an actual ad or does it sound like a "shout out" like how radio stations like to remind you you're listening to 98.5, The Beat, for example?

      • John Smith

        yeah it's kind of like that. Each time the audio clip ends with "powered by Slacker".

        I just had one whilst responding :
        "Finding good music is as easy as turning a dial...... Milk Music, powered by Slacker"

        • EH101

          That sounds pretty annoying but I think that actually doesn't qualify as an ad. Dang loopholes.

  • improvius

    So far the sound quality is pretty bad. Listening to a few tracks like "Empty Skies" by Kosheen with deep bass makes it sound like my headphones are blown. And that's with "high quality" on.

  • George Av

    OH WOW... Running archidroid on my s3 and it says incompatible..

  • pgens

    Works fine sideloaded on Galaxy Light, didn't try signon but music is playing

  • gNex

    Working fine on Galaxy Nexus

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Are they for fucking real with that name?

  • primalxconvoy

    "Not available in Japan". This'd isn't surprising as Japan is one of the worst places for media in the world. Even major films come out in China before Japan.

    It's probably got more piracy than Japan because of it.

  • Martin

    Is it working outside USA, after you install the app? Someone from Europe?

    • Sarah Login

      Not working in New Zealand.

  • Rob

    OK, so I've had my Galaxy Note 3 for a couple of weeks, and thought this sounds a pretty cool idea, a bit like free Spotify without the intrusions, so I went to install it...... and its not showing in the Play store!

    However, on my laptop it says in the Play store that the app is incompatible with ALL my devices! What, including my brand new Note 3???

    As a discerning user I think I shall avoid something that appears a tad flaky, thanks.

  • qu4ttro

    And it still wont get me back into a Samsung phone.

  • firesoul453

    My subscription to music unlimited just ran out and I was using slacker anyway.

    So this is pretty cool

  • Shaianne Wagner

    This is not fair y'all need to update this because it says its not compatible with my device but its a samsung galaxy exhibit fix that