SEOUL, South Korea (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Samsung has revealed that amidst an reorganization of the company, they plan to shut down their e-book and music stores (AKA Book and Music Hubs), effective July 1.
Samsung announced the shutdown in an email sent to users of the service, stating that the content will no longer be available after shutdown and advising customers to download all purchased content before the deadline of July 1st. No word about Samsung's other hubs, including videos and games, was revealed.
Samsung launched their various media hubs in March 2013 as a part of an ambitious plan to create an ecosystem similar to Apple's iBooks and iTunes music service around Samsung's successful Galaxy smart phones and tablets. However, even after high profile deals with artists such as Jay Z, the service failed to gain significant traction.
Samsung's statement did not reveal a reason for the shutdown, butsaid that the company was “striving for service differentiation and customer value enhancement.” – Staff Writers