This morning, Samsung launched a new service called Milk. The idea? Unlimited, ad-free music stations … but only for people carrying Samsung Galaxy devices.
Thing is, locking Android apps down on a device-by-device basis is actually pretty tough. Just a few hours after launch, the Android community already has it up and running on non-Samsung devices.
It’s not 100% functional (logging in currently doesn’t work, for example, so you can’t save your stations), but AndroidPolice reports that the main feature — the music streaming — works just fine.
A few catches:
1) Your Android device needs to be rooted
2) You need to be in the U.S., or using something (like a VPN) that makes it look like you’re in the U.S.
Once you’ve got those two covered, though, getting the app up and running appears to be pretty damned easy: change a couple of lines in a plaintext file, and you’re set. AndroidPolice has the full instructions here.
Of course, you could also just download and use Slacker, the service upon which Milk is built. It doesn’t have Milk’s snazzy custom user interface and it’s not ad-free, but the underlying service is largely the same.