Why Even Jay-Z Can’t Make Samsung Cool For Long

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In the ongoing smartphone culture wars, Samsung spent a reported $5 million engaging the latest song stylings of Jay-Z as an exclusive for Galaxy owners.

Owners of that phone contended for a million copies of the impressively-titled album “Magna Carta Holy Grail”  launched July 4 in a special app, three days before the rest of us can get it in iTunes. Media saw the promotion as a tactical move by Samsung to gain position on the music front over Apple.

The cachet lasted about as long as a cheap sparkler: there are thousands of torrents of the album available.

As one of the guys who decided to spread the work of Beyoncé’s husband up for everyone put it: “I should clarify it was available to the first million (I think…) Samsung Galaxy owners to chime in with an app for the album. My wife got it but I’m not rocking a Samsung :/”

  • technochick

    And apparently that app comes with some serious spyware tricks. Revealing your location, contacts, what apps you have installed. There’s nothing in the rules to make them tell you it’s doing this so it’s not.

  • dcdevito

    And apparently that app comes with some serious spyware tricks. Revealing your location, contacts, what apps you have installed. There’s nothing in the rules to make them tell you it’s doing this so it’s not.

    Sounds like you’re reading the manifest before it installs. Nothing new and nothing to see here, at least Android has this option. iOS apps don’t even tell you, do they?

  • QJeremiah

    iOS alerts instantly that sb wants your location data, pictures, contacts etc.
    It is not possible to surpass this in one App.

    Besides; It genious, a Shit phone must come with Shit music….

  • AdonisBlood33

    A cheap gimmick by a cheap company that loves gimmicks. What next a two for one deal? Oh wait they’ve already done that. At least they haven’t resorted to stealing and over bloating tech specs to give a false sense of performance… Oh wait.

  • Ruichuen1989
    And apparently that app comes with some serious spyware tricks. Revealing your location, contacts, what apps you have installed. There’s nothing in the rules to make them tell you it’s doing this so it’s not.

    Sounds like you’re reading the manifest before it installs. Nothing new and nothing to see here, at least Android has this option. iOS apps don’t even tell you, do they?

    Yes iPhone will ask you whether you want the apps to get all the data before it do so.