Samsung pitched Milk Music this spring as a totally free music service exclusive to its devices, but slipped in at the end that it might not be free forever. You can still stream tunes for free without ads (or so the description says), but the new update to Milk adds the expected $3.99 monthly subscription for additional features.

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You'll have to sign in with a Samsung account to even have the option of upgrading. If you do so, the app has you input credit card details. Yes, it would be nice if it just used the Play Store subscription system, but Samsung doesn't want to give Google a cut, apparently. You are, of course, able to skip this and continue using the limited version of Milk.

The premium subscription gives you the following benefits.

  • Listening to stations without a network connection
  • Receiving unlimited song skips
  • Turning on/off station DJ commentary
  • Pausing the app automatically with Sleep Timer

The only other change in this update is a collection of miscellaneous bug fixes and stability improvements that are too minor to be listed. Keep in mind this is still a US-only service.

Ryan Whitwam
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  • Steve

    I really wish this would work in the UK already :(

    • tim242

      It can. It's called Slacker.

      • Steve

        Actually no Slacker radio doesn't work in the UK either

        • tim242

          Oh man, that sucks. I figured it did, as long as it has been out. I stand corrected.

  • Rob Fetterhoff

    So the upgrade is pretty much not worth it if you ask me. Definitely still worth it free!

  • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

    Brace yourselves, "I can't use it, I'm lactose intolerant." comments are coming.

    • Wesley Modderkolk

      I'm not lactose intolerant but I too can't use it as it is incompatible with both of my devices.

      • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

        Build.prop edits to the rescue!

      • A2theC

        Xposed chocolate milk apk

  • Daniel Traynor

    Tacky UI.

    • Chris

      Reminds me of iOS with the opacity and crazy rainbow colors.

      • Daniel Traynor

        Reminds me of Yahoo's horrible weather app on Android and yeah a tacky version of iOS.

  • Kevin Aaronson

    Still don't get why the fuck it's called milk

    • worldclassflame

      Cus Samsung lol

  • Joshua Cluelow

    I'll stick with All Access, thanks.

  • Original Joke Guy

    I can't use it, I'm lactose intolerant.

    • tim242

      90% of people are. Cow milk is for cows only. Milk is for babies only.

  • jak_341

    It's actually a good app. I'll probably sign up. It's Slacker Radio, with a better UI.

  • Jonathan Harris

    Its actually a good app, I've been using it more and more frequently, as a good selection of genres and allows you to fine tune your own radio if you want a variety of music instead of just one type. Though the $3.99 price tag isn't enough for just no dj commentary and unlimited skips. Thats why I have my spotify premium service for that with the student discount. Either way its a good app regardless though it won't see $4 a month from me.

  • Wesley Modderkolk

    "Yes, it would be nice if it just used the Play Store subscription system, but Samsung doesn't want to give Google a cut, apparently."
    Isn't that against Google's ToS?

  • wcjeep

    Had to delete Milk app awhile ago. While playing a tween artist for my daughter it would occasionally play very inappropriate material. Just the song info on the screen which my daughter can see from back seat was wrong. Worked great with adult artists.

    • tim242

      You can turn that off in Slacker, which is what Milk is.

  • Sruly J

    Just because I felt the need, I reported it to Google.
    My exact language:
    Violates Google Play TOS by not using play store to upgrade. Instead, it's an iap that does everything in the app. Clearly against the rules.

    It may not accomplish anything (actually it won't), but if enough people complain, maybe something might happen, not that this affects me, bec I don't stream music.

    • not a dick

      So if it doesnt hurt you why act like a dick and report it. Its a samsung only app why would they give google a cut of their profits?

      • Sruly J

        In case someone wants to use Play Store to purchase upgrade

      • tim242

        It's not Samsung, it's Slacker Plus.

    • tim242

      You are incorrect. This is Slacker Plus, and has been available for years

  • abobobilly

    Wow. Isn't that less than Play Music's All Access?

  • vserve sixty

    Really and they want you to pay for it? Really?

  • tim242

    It's called Slacker Plus. I have been paying 3.99 for years. Get that instead of milking around with a Samsung account

  • My1

    why not use paypal, PS subscription also needs a credit card, which is making this useless for many ppl...

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