Samsung recently announced Milk Music, an internet radio service. The name may look a little off the shore to start with, but the explanation behind that is it’s a fresh take on how music streaming will work in the future, according to Samsung. The service is proprietary to select Samsung devices only at present. So, unless you own the Samsung Galaxy S III, S IV or even the Note III, it is not possible for you to enjoy Milk.
As if, this was not enough, the service for now is US based only, but we all know the way around that using VPNs, but what to do if you do not own a Samsung handset? Although, Samsung has said that it is working on bringing the service to other handsets and locations soon, we like to get things done now instead of wait around. So, here is how you can get Milk Music running on your Android device immediately.
You will need a rooted Android smartphone and one running Android 4.1 and above to do this
What is Milk Music?
Before we get into the nitty gritty of how to get the service working for you, it is important to know what the service is all about? Basically, Milk Music is a no advertisement based streaming service that allows you to listen to your favorite songs over the web radio without paying a dime. You can go ahead and create your own stations and pick your favorite genres and customize things based on your taste in music. Milk Music is supported on the back-end for licensing of the music and rest by another popular streaming service, Slacker Radio. At the time of publishing this report, there are about 13 Million tracks that are available on Milk Music which is a very decent collection for a service that has just gone online.
How do i get it on my Android Phone?
To get the service on your Android phone, you simply have to fool Google Play into thinking that you are using a Samsung device, so if you know your way around Android, this is not very difficult. For those who don’t, simply follow the steps below after you have rooted your Android device.
Make sure you have allowed your device to install apps from unknown sources. For this, go into Settings-> Security-> and make sure Unknown Sources is checked.
Once this is done, you will need a good Build Prop Editor on your smartphone. There are several free ones that are available on Google Play. One such is Root Browser, so go ahead and install it.
Play Store: Download Root Browser from Google Play
Next, you would want to save and backup your build.prop file, just in case you want to come back to the original ones in case something goes wrong. For this, open Root Browser, navigate to /system and long press it to copy the file. Go to your SD card, paste it and save it. In case of anything going wrong, you can simply pick this and paste it back at the original location.
Once you have backed up your build.prop file, you need to make changes to it so that your device can trick apps to believing that its a Samsung phone. For this, go back to /system, single tap on build.prop and look for model, brand and manufacturer. Based on your device, the content will be different. But taking an example of Nexus 7, it would be somewhat like the following:
Simply edit it to:
Once you have done this, go ahead and click on save on the top right corner and you are good to go.
Now, all you need to do is to install the .apk file of Milk Music. A quick Google search will land you the latest apk, but just for a reference, here is the link to one such place. However, we are not entirely sure how long would the file continue to be hosted here.
Download: Milk Music APK for download
That’s it, install the app and enjoy the uninterrupted music streaming service from Samsung. We do hope though, in the near future Samsung would save us all this pain and bring the app officially for all the devices, cause having used the service, one has to say, this is one that Samsung has done very well. For your reference though, here is a video for the tutorial too:
* You are performing the above steps at your own risk, and Techsplurge will not be responsible for anything going wrong with any device in the process.