LG is dipping its toe into the music world (sadly, not like BlackBerry once did) with the launch of a new music service tied into its very best Android smartphones. However, it’s not a rival to Apple Music, Spotify, or MixRadio. Instead, LG’s giving away two songs for free each month, with the option to buy more with an up to 50-percent discount on the normal price.
What makes it special? LG’s pushing the quality aspect, in a similar way to Tidal’s approach to online music. The tracks it will deliver are of a far higher quality than standard files, and six times “richer and clearer than the sound quality of a typical CD,” according to LG. The 24bit/192kHz files are only compatible with devices that support 24bit audio, which is where the need for a high-end LG phone comes in.
The list includes the very latest LG G4 smartphone, and its two predecessors, the LG G3 and the LG G2. Additionally, the recently released LG G Flex 2 is also ready to support the files. LG’s not releasing a standalone app for its new music service, but will use the existing LG SmartWorld app that comes pre-installed on all its phones. It’s also making the service available on the Web, at LGworld.com.
LG’s ready to switch on its music service during August, and it’ll be available in almost 70 countries around the world, a list that includes the U.S., the UK, Australia, France, Italy, Russia, Brazil, and China. While it all sounds very interesting, there are some key details missing, ranging from the approximate price of the tracks after discount, the DRM situation, the range of songs available, and the final launch date.
All this information is sure to be released over the coming weeks, and we’ll keep you updated here.