7digital tilts at iTunes with iPad app and Samsung Galaxy Tab music hub
7digital is building a musical empire out of tablets, signing on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab, Toshiba Folio and even the iPad.
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7digital is building a musical empire out of tablets. The online music store has announced it will power the music hubs on the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab and Toshiba Folio tablet PCs, with deals with O2 and others in the works.
The Tab arrives on 1 November. 7digital will povide the music store so you can browse and buy music from within the tablet's music app, as you would from iTunes on the Apple iPad or iPhone 4. The music shop is planning to power the music offering on other forthcoming Samsung devices too.
Like the Spotify app, the 7digital app will offer offline access and wireless syncing of tunes purchased from 7d. An updated Android app is imminent, while an HTML5 mobile site is available now at m.7digital.com.
Mobile network O2 will be promoting 7digital across PC, mobile and connected devices, although it's not clear which handsets this will involve.
Services such as 7digital, Spotify and We7 are making iTunes look increasingly old-timey. 7digital already powers Spotify's music-buying option, allowing you to click through to the store from most songs in the popular music-streaming service. The music-buying option is absent from the Spotify iOS app, as it competes directly with iTunes -- a big no-no for Jobs' mob. We wait with baited breath to see if the 7dig app gets the thumbs-up from Cupertino.