InformationWeek: Samsung Electronics on Thursday said it has partnered with MusicNet in launching in Europe a music service designed for its digital media players, the latest chapter in the company’s uphill battle against the market-leading Apple iPod.
The MusicNet service will be accessible through the Samsung Media Studio, the proprietary media player that ships with the company’s K3, K9, and T9 model media players. Previous versions of the studio will get MusicNet support through an automatic software update. The service also works with Samsung PlaysForSure devices, such as the Z5, which are based on Microsoft’s digital rights management software.
The new service will offer portable music subscriptions for unlimited downloads for a flat monthly fee, or the purchase of individual tracks or albums.