Alternative Music Streaming Apps for Samsung Galaxy Devices

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Samsung's Milk Music: What Are The Alternatives?

Milk Music Logo
Milk Music Logo. Image © Samsung Group

If you like streaming music to your Galaxy phone then you might have used Samsung's own service, called Milk Music. This was originally launched by the electronics giant in March 2014 to compete with other personalized Internet radio services. And, as a result serves up audio streams to your device in radio-style.

Then again, you may not even realize that Samsung offers a streaming music service at all. It's no surprise really. Compared to some of the more well-known and established services (such as Spotify and Pandora Radio), it's not as popular by a long shot.

This is mainly due to Samsung only offering their service to owners of one of their select devices. Incidentally, you can check if your Galaxy device is compatible with the Milk Music service by using Samsung's devices list on their support website.

Another reason why Milk Music has had limited success so far is global coverage. The company has never gone beyond the United States and Canada. This is because the company actually uses Slacker Radio's platform to provide the content -- which doesn't go beyond these two countries. So, uptake has inevitably been limited.

But, what if you want to try an alternative music service on your Galaxy?

In this article we spotlight some great free ones that are a good choice for streaming music in radio style.

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Slacker Radio

Slacker Radio app for Android
Slacker Radio app for Android. Image © Slacker Inc.

Milk Music as previously mentioned is powered by Slacker Radio. So, it may make a lot of sense to switch over to this service if you already like the content you get. However, if you live outside the United States or Canada then you'll need to try out one of the other suggested services in this article instead.

The Slacker Radio Android app enables you to stream music to your Galaxy using the familiar stations format. Using the basic level of this service doesn't require a subscription, so you can listen for free just like with Milk Music.

After installing this app on your Android-based device you'll get access to over 200 pre-compiled radio stations. As well as listening to these professionally curated radio stations you can also compile your own custom ones too.

For a reasonable monthly fee (currently $3.99) upgrading to Slacker Radio Plus adds a lot more features including the removal of ads and an unlimited amount of song skips. One of the best features of the paid-for level is being able to download songs to your Galaxy's s storage space -- ideal when you aren't connected to the Internet.

Overall, Slacker Radio's free app is worth looking at if you want a Milk Music alternative that's also great for discovering new music.

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Spotify

Spotify app for Android
Spotify app for Android. Image © Spotify Ltd.

What list would be complete without mentioning the hugely popular Spotify music service. It's grown to a truly global scale and is now available in many different countries.

The Spotify app for Android enables you to do quite a bit on your Galaxy device. If you haven't used Spotify very much then you may think that it doesn't have a radio feature. But, it does and is therefore an excellent substitute for Milk Music. The free version of Spotify comes with a personalized radio option so you can listen to songs that fit your type of music. And just like other services such as Pandora Radio, the more you personalize your listening the better Spotify gets at playing music you like.

Although you don't have to pay to use the free Spotify level, it does come with advertisements (as you would expect). So, you may at some point want to think about upgrading to Spotify Premium if you use it a lot. This removes the ads and you can play songs in any order rather than having to use the 'read-only' Shuffle Play mode. You're not limited to the number of skips you can do per hour either with a monthly subscription -- the free version is currently a maximum of 6 skips per track.

 Even if you stay at the free streaming level and don't pay a subscription, you can still use the Spotify app for importing your own songs and playlists -- you can use your wireless network (Wi-Fi) to sync this content.

However, to get the best out of this service (and your Galaxy), the Spotify Premium level offers a lot of extras worth considering. You can, for example, use an option called Offline Mode which you may have heard of. This is a handy feature which gives you the facility to store songs on your Galaxy. However, before you get too excited at the prospect of downloading songs to keep forever, they are only playable while you pay a subscription. That said, it's still useful for times when you can't be connected to the Internet. And of course the biggest advantage of the Premium level is you get an unlimited amount of streaming.

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Pandora Radio

Pandora Radio app for Android
Creating stations on Pandora Radio. Image © Pandora

Another stellar alternative for your Samsung Galaxy is Pandora Radio. If you've never used this service before then you'll need to be in the United States, Australia or New Zealand  for starters. However, this may change in the future especially seeing that the company has purchased 'certain parts' of the now defunct Rdio service.

Installing the free Pandora Radio app on your Galaxy device is certainly worth it if you want a change from Milk Music. For music discovery in radio style, Pandora has an excellent thumbs up / down system that is driven at its core by the company's unique Music Genome Project. This is designed to learn your likes and dislikes in order to improve accuracy in suggesting new songs in the future. It certainly works very well and you'd be hard-pushed to find a better resource for your personalized music listening needs.

You can listen for free via the app and create stations based on a particular artist, song or even a genre if you want a broader mix of tracks. Just like other services that offer free streaming, there is a skip limit along with advertisements. The subscription level (called Pandora One) removes ads and also increases how many skips you can make in a 24-hour period.

For a free account, you can make 6 skips per station in 1 hour -- with a daily total of 24 skips allowed in 1 day. This is reset after 24 hours. Even though the skips limit can be annoying at times Pandora Radio is still a great alternative for your Galaxy device for discovering new music in radio style.

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iHeartRadio

iHeartRadio app for Android
iHeartRadio app for Android. Image © iHeartMedia, Inc.

If you want to be able to stream live radio to your Galaxy then installing the iHeartRadio app could be the ideal solution. There are currently over 1,500 stations you can access using this service and it is perhaps one of the most widely used Internet radio resources of this type.

With the app installed on your device, you can create custom radio stations based on a song or artist. There's also a favorites option so you can save the stations you've made. These can also be shared via the app too which is a nice social networking feature.

If you're looking for something different to the usual crop of music services then iHeartRradio is a good choice when you want a music discovery tool to replace Samsung's Milk Music.