How to listen to Apple Music's Beats 1 radio on Android

Apple's new Apple Music subscription service is strictly an iOS and iTunes affair for now -- the Android app isn't due out until later this year. However, if you're absolutely dying to get in on the ground floor, a crafty Android user has figured out a way to break out one element of the experience, the global Internet radio station Beats 1, out of the company's walled garden.

You'll need an iOS device running iOS 6 or later or an Android device running at least 4.1 Jelly Bean. You'll also need to reside in (or use a VPN based in) one of the Beats 1 launch countries. Once you've met those requirements, though, hanging with with Zane Lowe, Ebro Darden, Julie Adenuga, and the rest of the Beats 1 crew is as simple as playing the stream from this website. It works, creator Benjamin Rumble explains on Twitter, by tapping into an "unencrypted HLS [HTTP Live Streaming] URL" of Beats 1, or basically exploiting an as-yet unpatched hole in Apple Music's security.

The URL seems to work on pretty much any app with built-in support for HLS. Chrome on Android and iOS and Safari on OS X handle the stream just fine, as does XiiaLive, TuneIn Radio, Media Player Home Classic, iTunes 11, and Quicktime X.

It's probably only a matter of time before Apple deprecates the URL. It has good reason to: Rumble and the others who've posted links are likely subverting whatever content protections Apple's implemented within iTunes and the Apple Music app. But don't be expect that to deter developers from replenishing the supply of streams -- already, a thread on Reddit is constantly being updated with links to unofficial Beats 1 URLs. Short of encrypting all of its radio station's transmissions, Apple has its work cut out for it.