Samsung’s mSpot Music Hub looks clean, falls flat

(L) Samsung's Music Hub start screen looks clean and organized. (R) Choose from a gamut of genres and recommendations, or create your own station.

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Samsung’s Music Hub app launched on the Samsung Galaxy S3 in Europe back in May, but it’s taken until now for the subscription music service to hit our shores. CNET got an eyeful (and an earful) of the Music Hub app on several GS3 devices ahead of launch. Since the software was preproduction, there may be some slight differences between what we saw and the final product.

What it is
The most important thing to know is that even if it comes preloaded on your phone, the Music Hub isn’t free. Fueled by Samsung-owned mSpot, the mobile app costs $9.99 per month to use.

There technically is a free version, but it only lets you purchase songs through a storefront. That storefront, by the way, is managed and fed by 7digital and its 19 million licensed tracks. mSpot long ago partnered with 7digital to run the backend for mSpot’s own front-end service.

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