Beats 1 puts in its first appearance (and sound) for iOS 8.4/9.0 beta users in the run-up to launch


The Beats 1 radio station that forms part of Apple Music has put in its first appearance for iPhone and iPad users running the beta version of iOS 8.4 and iOS 9. Users are seeing the station logo and hearing pre-roll audio from Zane Lowe when it is clicked.

It’s just a demo at this stage, with pre-recorded audio, but is one step closer to the launch of the streaming music service which launches on June 30 via an all-new Music app … 

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Beats 1 is a 24/7 streaming radio station hosted by three highly-respected DJs across three time-zones: Zane Lowe in Los Angeles, Ebro Darden in New York and Julie Adenuga in London.

Apple Music and Beats 1 radio will also be available on Mac and Windows, with Android support coming in the fall. Pricing is $9.99 individual and $14.99 family in the US, £9.99/£14.99 in the UK and €9.99/€14.99 in Eurozone countries.

Just to show there is something for everyone in the revamped radio mix, the BBC’s World Service is included.

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  1. chrisl84 - 8 years ago

    Exactly what Genre is Beats 1?

  2. Koray Küpe - 8 years ago

    Make available offline for Beats1 radio?! Interesting.

  3. Koray Küpe - 8 years ago

    It’s about 3,69$ (9,99 TL) in Turkey. :)

  4. benjaminmumford - 8 years ago

    Beats1 not showing up and not playing anything in the UK yet.

  5. My iOS 8 public beta 3 does show me the “radio” tab in the music app but I can’t see beats 1 anywhere. Is it only for the US right now?

    • Ben Lovejoy - 8 years ago

      It’s showing up in multiple countries, but may take time to roll out to all beta users.

      • benjaminmumford - 8 years ago

        It is on there but not playing any audio in the UK. Saying I need to connect to wifi to play when I am already connected.

  6. David Fabian - 8 years ago

    I hope Apple Music will allow users to share and subscribe to user generated playlists (in addition to the “expert” curated lists).

    The social nature of playlists is one of my favorite features of Spotify; where the community creates playlists for every genre imaginable. For example an NPR host (or fan) creating lists of music used in a show, or music used on a TV series, or niche lists of deep house/edm festival music.

  7. Thors (@hferniza) - 8 years ago

    In Mexico Apple Music prices will be: Individual account $99 MXN/month and Family account $149 MXN/ month. Individual account has the same price as Spotify’s one.

  8. Atlas (@Metascover) - 8 years ago

    Ahhh finally I can access Radio from Germany !!

  9. Niclas Tilk - 8 years ago

    in addition to that, you’re able to search the music catalog by tapping on the logo in the top right. Seems like Adele and Arctic Monkeys are in there ;-)

    • 2is1toomany - 8 years ago

      You mean the magnifying glass? Because that’s to search iTunes Radio… and start a new radio based on the artist, song, etc…

      • Niclas Tilk - 8 years ago

        you’re totally right! misinterpretation on my side :)

  10. Today I wanted to check a song via Shazam on iOS 8.4. When I tapped to buy on the iTunes, it opened Apple Music app instead, with that song listed within the complete album (just like iTunes Store), while there was no option to buy or play back. Although in front of the names, there are three dots that bring up a menu with Radio options and Show in iTunes Store. In another case just a blank page appeared in Music app. Screen shots are available which will follow in a moment.
    I do hope not being interested in the subscription won’t cause any problem regarding previous or future purchases.

  11. In Brazil (and the rest of South America as I heard) the Individual is priced at U$4.99 – same price of Spotify in the local currency – and the Family at U$7.99

  12. Oh come on. The Apple price conversion to pounds is bad enough on hardware but that’s put down as difference in logistics. What’s the excuse for a radio station based in the US that stolen our best DJ?

    $9.99 = £6.36
    €9.99 = £7.13



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