Samsung to launch ‘Apple iTunes Music Store killer’ soon

“Samsung Electronics will branch out into the online music business, a field long been dominated by Apple of the U.S. Choi Ji-Sung, the head of the company’s digital media division, on Friday told reporters the firm is preparing a service program similar to Apple’s iTunes in collaboration with domestic and foreign partners. It is to be launched soon,” The Chosun Ilbo reports. “Choi claimed Samsung MP3 players were better than Apple’s but so far lacked the music service. Once Samsung has its own, its players will be a match for the iPods, he added.”

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Kim Tae-gyu reports for The Korea Times, “Samsung president Choi Gee-sung, who is in charge of the firm’s digital media division, made the remarks during a press conference late last week. ‘We are now in talks with our partners to debut a service program like iTunes of Apple. Our No. 1 priority is to help customers use our products with ease,’ the 54-year-old said. ‘Our items show healthy performances in China and Southeast Asian countries where iTunes services are not provided,’ he added.”

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Way too late. Samsung should focus on making flash memory and other components for iPods, there’ll be more money in that for them than wasting time and energy fighting an already-lost battle with Apple’s iPod+iTunes juggernaut.

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34 Comments

  1. the only way this works is to:

    1. provide a player of same/higher quality at lower price
    2. provide a music store (non-subscription) of same/higher quality at lower price
    3. make your songs compatible with ipods
    3. provide jukebox software of same/higher quality at lower price (free!)
    4. be able to make this all compatible with already purchased itunes music

    …other than that, it is easy

  2. Caddisfly has this right…except it has to roll out in several nations at once and have a HUGE library of songs to offer AND pay higher royalties to the music companies. uh….good luck on that…

  3. The Chosun Ilbo reports: “Choi claimed Samsung MP3 players were better than Apple’s but so far lacked the music service. Once Samsung has its own, its players will be a match for the iPods, he added.”

    Ummm, yeah. Right.

    Keep dreaming.

    Any questions, see ‘caddisfly’s’ comments. ‘Nuff said.

    MaWo: ‘second’. As in, ‘Samsung should have given this project a second thought before implementing …”

  4. I dont think it is to late. There isnt an iTunes Korea so the door is wide open. It is not just the player but the love and availability of music. You cant buy any Korean titles which they (Koreans) will love to download from a site that will likely offer music for a similar price as iTunes, which again does not have a download site for the region.

  5. And now exactly are Koreans supposed to get their WMP protected music when Microsoft stops selling Windows to the Korean market?

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    Magic word: end “Microsoft’s dominance is coming to an end…”

  6. The ipod competitors have finally figured out the real reason for their weak and declining sales.

    The iPod Music Player’s seamless integration with the iTunes Music Store is what makes the iPod so successful!

    The logical integration of the two separate products provides a complete portable solution for music lovers.

    None of the competition, to date, offers a solution so neatly integrated and easy to learn and use.

    In addition, Apple’s iPod and the iTunes Music Stores work on PC’s and Macs, while other services offer only PC compatible music files in the inferior Windows Media file format.

    Unless other services begin offering songs that will play on both operating systems at home and on the market leading iPod on the road, they will never survive.

    With the recent addition of video capabilities and podcast integration, the iPod takes yet another leap forward in cementing it’s current dominate position.

    The only hope for a new Portable Music Player is if they can get Apple to license the Fairplay DRM so that they can offer their songs in the AAC (Mp4) file format so they play on all existing iPods.

    Any new Music Store that locks out Mac users and sells songs that won’t play on the 60 million iPods out there (mostly PC users) is just pissing in the wind!

    Magic Word: rest — There the iPod and then there is all the rest!

  7. To defeat iTunes is to conduct a war.

    It’s about ideology, even a religion of sorts. There’s another Iron Curtain.

    The duty, essential, surpasses common effort.

    Beneath success is the belief of the consumers.

    Any second entry into the iTunes market must confront a sea of doubters.

    What philosophical persuation does Samsung project?

    Do they comprehend their duty at all?

  8. Whether or not Apple loses out in the music business, as far as I’m concerned, the last few years have been great for Apple because the iPod has given Apple untold visibility in the world marketplace and as such, more people are buying Macs and using OS X and seeing how superior it is as compared to the alternative OS’s that are available.

    I also think that now is the perfect time to start the switch to Intel (even though I like the PPC better). Hopefully, the iPod will still be as popular as it is now (I suspect it will) so when the switch is underway, people will see that they can buy Intel macs and run windows on them if they need to.

    – Mark

  9. caddisfly:

    the only way this works is to:

    1. provide a player of same/higher quality at lower price
    2. provide a music store (non-subscription) of same/higher quality at lower price
    3. make your songs compatible with ipods
    3. provide jukebox software of same/higher quality at lower price (free!)
    4. be able to make this all compatible with already purchased itunes music

    …other than that, it is easy

    Your forgot:

    5. Provide a free replacement for all of the current iPods already on the market.

    People who have iPods now, aren’t going to want to be new devices when the ones that they are currently using work perfectly.

    MW: Given. Samsung is fighting a lost cause. It’s a given.

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