Samsung said that starting today, it will be the first major TV brand to integrate the Apple Music app into its Tizen Smart TV platform, bringing those sheltering at home from the COVID-19 pandemic another entertainment alternative to help pass the time.

Samsung said it will be providing the popular streaming music service as a download to Samsung smart TVs to over 100 countries.

Cognizant of the needs of its customers during the unprecedented global crisis, Samsung has been adding more entertainment and wellness options to its Smart TV platform. On Tuesday, the company announced it had added six Wellness/Fitness apps to select 2018 and 2019 smart TV models before they appear as channels to the new Samsung Health app the 2020 TV lineup.

Samsung said the Apple Music app will be available on select Samsung Smart TV models from 2018 through 2020. Subscribers to the Apple Music service will be able to stream more than 60 million songs ad-free, watch top music videos, and explore thousands of playlists curated by world class music experts and tastemakers.

Apple Music subscribers also will be able to get customized daily recommendations and tune in to the innovative Beats 1 radio station, which is a global live stream with exclusive shows by artists like Frank Ocean, Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd, DJ Khaled, and Elton John.

Further, subscribers will have access to new “At Home With Apple Music” content that includes new editorial playlists, group FaceTime chats with artists at home, special artist interviews, playlists and more. This is all intended to help create a sense of connection and community during this time of distancing, Samsung said.

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“Our goal has always been to deliver the best entertainment experiences to consumers – and as people spend more time at home, we are more committed to that mission than ever,” stated Salek Brodsky, Samsung Strategic Partnerships and Business Development VP. “Last year, we were the first TV manufacturer to offer the Apple TV app, and today, we are the first to offer Apple Music. Our partnership with Apple has been instrumental in bringing consumers an unparalleled lineup of different entertainment options, especially as they seek out more content choices from their Smart TVs.”

Samsung Smart TV owners will be able to download the Apple Music app from the Samsung Smart TV App Store, sign in to an existing account with an Apple ID, or begin the subscription process right from their TV.

To help get started, Samsung Smart TV owners will be given the chance to try out Apple Music free for 3 months with an individual, family or student subscription.

In addition to Apple Music’s vast catalog, subscribers can also watch original shows, trending concerts, and other exclusive content on their Samsung Smart TVs.

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By Greg Tarr

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