British digital music firm 7digital says its apps will be pre-installed on more than 100m smartphones shipping this year, including Samsung’s Galaxy S4.
While 7digital has similar deals with BlackBerry and HTC, it’s Samsung’s new Android handset that will account for a big chunk of the company’s new shipments – analysts expect it to ship 60m units by Christmas.
7digital’s technology is what’s running the new Samsung Music Hub app, where users will be able to browse and buy music from 7digital’s download catalogue, as well as streaming on-demand tracks and listening to personal radio stations.
7digital is using the S4 launch as a way to remind the technology and music industries alike of its streaming capabilities, claiming that the last year has seen a “tenfold increase” in the number of tracks streamed using its API, predicting hundreds of millions of streams by the end of 2013.
In December 2012, 7digital said that mobile now accounted for 67% of the tracks sold through its download stores, up from 50% at the end of 2011. As 2012 came to a close, the company’s Android app had been installed on 4.3m devices.