Samsung unveiled its new flagship smartphone yesterday – the Galaxy S5 – while also announcing that it has sold more than 200m in the Galaxy S range since the first device went on sale in 2010. It’s reasonable to look at that statistic, though, and wonder why the Samsung Music Hub service hasn’t become a bigger player in the digital music world than it has. There was no mention of it in Samsung’s launch announcement of the Galaxy S5 yesterday: instead, the press release promoted the fact that the Google Play Music service will be preloaded on the device. Instead, the big draws appear to be an improved camera, S Health fitness-tracking software, and a fingerprint-scanner for security. On the music front, Samsung was linked earlier this year with taking a stake in streaming service Deezer (Bulletin, 15-Jan-14), while last autumn its Galaxy Studio Live concerts tour in the UK was more about promoting handsets and smart ticketing than streaming/cloud music (Bulletin, 11-Oct-13).

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