Samsung has always been special as the world’s largest Android smartphone maker, on Friday made it even more special. The two companies are teaming up to make ay Music the default music app on Samsung Android smartphone tablets starting with the Galaxy S8 S8+—both of which start shipping today.
As part of the perks, users of new Samsung mobile devices will be able to add up to 100,000 songs to ay Music’s cloud locker for free. Anyone with a non-Samsung device is limited to the stard 50,000 free song upload.
In addition, new Samsung devices will come with the free three-month trial of ay Music for new users that xel customers other select Android phones already see.
One final addition coming in the following months is Bixby integration. en the new artificial intelligence service rolls out this spring, it will be able to playback music via voice comm, just like you can do now on Home with Assistant.
The story behind the story: says it’s “thrilled to bring this special version of ay Music to Samsung customers,” that’s probably true. For years, Samsung has tried to build its own ecosystem of services within Android as a means to st out from competitors relieve its dependence on . That has meant some significant duplication of vanilla services on Samsung phones. Samsung agreed to reduce its duplication efforts in 2014, as reported by Recode, this switch to ay Music may be part of that earlier effort. Samsung’s hardly paying a price for going with ay Music, though, since Milk Music—the company’s failed ay Music competitor—shut down last September.