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Galaxy S8 owners get exclusive Google Play Music features

by Brandon Russell | April 21, 2017April 21, 2017 12:30 pm PDT

Google on Friday announced a partnership with Samsung that will make Google Play Music the default music player on new Samsung phones and tablets. The move will start with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, which Samsung is releasing globally starting today.

This is a huge get for Google as it continues its fight against services from Spotify and Apple. The partnership comes with some neat perks, too, which will be exclusive to Samsung users.

Google says Samsung owners will be able to upload and stream up to 100,000 of their own songs for free, doubling the capacity offered to other Google Play Music users.

Meanwhile, new Samsung users will get a free three-month trial of Google Play Music—a $30 value—which includes access to more than 40 million songs and playlists. Customers will also get access to YouTube Red.

Finally, Google says Google Play Music will be integrated with Bixby, Samsung’s new digital assistant. Unfortunately, Bixby’s voice features aren’t available yet—Samsung says the feature will launch this Spring—so you’ll have to rely on Google Assistant for now.

Samsung tried—and failed—to launch its own streaming music service, but it was ultimately shut down last year. Today’s partnership is an excellent move for both parties and should help Google’s service reach a wider audience.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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