- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Samsung Electronics Co.’s Music Hub service is an effort to capture some of the buzz around Spotify with a feature that combines an online storage service, unlimited song streaming, a radio player and a music store.

Here are some details about it:

_ Cost: $10 a month in the U.S. for the main plan, although song purchases are charged separately. You can still use Music Hub without the monthly fee, but it will limit songs you pick to 30-second previews and the online storage service won’t function. The free radio service and music store will work fine.

_ Availability: The U.S. launch was on July 31. Music Hub was introduced in Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Britain in May.

_ Requirements: You need a Samsung Galaxy S III phone to use it.

_ Pros: Combines four services into one for a consistent user interface and song favorites that move across the different services for better recommendations.

_ Cons: An Associated Press review found that there are some redundant and confusing features and not everything worked properly. Some songs sell for $1.49, while the most you pay on Apple’s iTunes is $1.29.

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