Samsung, like many other companies, is beginning to realize that it is better off relying on third-party services instead of its own. A note is now being included in the Music and ebook sections of Samsung Hub which lets users know that both services will soon be discontinued.
New subscribers can no longer purchase a monthly subscription to the paid version of Music Hub and those that already have a subscription are being asked to re-download purchased tracks before July 1 when the service will officially shut down. Additionally, a similar message is being displayed on Book Hub, though in that one, Samsung is promoting a new Amazon-based service called Kindle for Samsung which will replace the current app.
With so many chunks being taken out of Samsung Hub, it almost does not even seem as though Samsung has an incentive to keep any part of it around. Apparently, Samsung executive Philip Berne agrees, as he tweeted on May 14, 2014 that “Samsung Hub is going away.” That tweet has since been removed, however.
Samsung still has many of its own services built-in to phones but as we have seen in recent months, there is a lot of data to back up the idea that no one really uses Samsung services. As a result, at least the apps included in the Hub are no longer being viewed as useful.