Unofficial Beats 1 web streams let your Android-owning friends join the party


If you’ve been more impressed by Beats 1 radio than I have, and want to invite your Android-owning friends to check it out, there are a number of unofficial web streams for that.

Developer Benjamin Rumble found an unencrypted HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) URL for the service and embedded it in a webpage on his personal site. You can also access the URL directly. Since then, others have found additional URLs … 

You can only access the streams from an IP address in one of the launch countries for Beats 1, but that’s quite a few.

You’ll need an app that supports the HLS protocol, which includes the stock browser in Android 4.1 and up – though Chrome is recommended. You can find a list of these here, but not all will necessarily work with any given stream. Apps successfully tested by Reddit users include Safari, Chrome, iTunes 11, Quicktime X and Media Player Home Classic.

Apple will probably change the URLs before long, but keep an eye on the Reddit thread: there is likely to be a cat-and-mouse game going on for a while, with new URLs discovered as old ones are closed down.

Beats 1 went live yesterday through the new Music app in iOS 8.4 and – some time later – iTunes 12.2.


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  1. PhilBoogie - 8 years ago

    I’m also not impressed. It’s cool for what it is, but it’s just not for me. I did give it a 2nd go this morning, listening to a UK DJ. Now they switched back to NYC. A cool city, just not funky.

    Good to see Internet radio is still in 12.2

  2. proudinfidelusmc - 8 years ago

    I was actually impressed by Beats 1. I thought it was gonna be strictly mainstream pop/hip hop/ crap, but they have some great music playing. I’m more into underground electronic music, but Beats 1 is better than I had thought it was gonna be.

    • Ben Lovejoy - 8 years ago

      I liked some of it, but not – but then my musical tastes are far from cool …

    • standardpull - 8 years ago

      I haven’t heard any Coltrane on Beats 1 yet.

      I can say with confidence that any “radio station” is sure to disappoint a large part of the community. That’s the way it was when I was 12, and that’s the way it is today. People have different tastes and interests.

      And that’s OK.

  3. Tom Matsaev - 8 years ago

    No Apple Music in Israel….. Really disappointed Apple…

    • standardpull - 8 years ago

      Your local copyright laws and how they impact music licensing have a huge impact on where streaming music can be made available in an affordable way.

      Don’t like it? Talk to your local government representatives and copyright licensing bodies. Working out licensing for streaming for Israel shouldn’t be substantially more complicated and expensive than working it out for the US and most of Europe. But it is.

    • John Bloodnova - 8 years ago


  4. sardonick - 8 years ago

    I don’t have enough gold teeth to hear the stream clearly

  5. Thomas Gattinger - 8 years ago

    Thats the kind of music were I immediately feel 10-15 years too old ;) But from time to time it may be nice to tune in and come in party mood…

  6. This article’s title (and author) simply assumes too much… my “friends” don’t have an Android device, if they did, they’d be no friends of mine.

  7. I listened in 3 times or so and all the time they are blasting American gangster rapper thug music about hoes, niggaz, cars and guns.
    Is this going to become better or are they after the American gangbanger audience?

  8. tomtubbs - 8 years ago

    From the WWDC 2015 session, when will it be before they encrypt the streams?

  9. nguyenhm16 - 8 years ago

    Using one of these streams is also the only way to use AirPlay with Beats 1. Listening to Beats 1 the official way disables Airplay.

    • NQZ (@surgesoda) - 8 years ago

      Although I’m not really interested in this “radio on internet” thing (reminds me too much of the silicon valley guy with the Testarosa LOL!), that’s pretty embarrassing that you can’t use airplay with Beats 1.

    • NQZ (@surgesoda) - 8 years ago

      Erm…I just updated to 8.4 — You can absolutely use AirPlay with Beats 1 — so I don’t know what you’re talking about….

      • nguyenhm16 - 8 years ago

        Sorry I wasn’t clear, from iTunes 12.2 on a Mac, and further experimentation shows that it doesn’t work either.

    • NQZ (@surgesoda) - 8 years ago

      Yeah my bad you’re right — in iTunes for some reason on OS X AirPlay functionality is disabled — weird…it works fine on iOS…maybe an oversight?

    • Scott Simon - 8 years ago

      You just need to output the audio of your Mac to your Airplay device. Hold down alt/option and click the volume changer in your title bar. Your airplay device(s) should show under “Output Device”. Just select it and you’re good to go. Alternatively, you can go into Audio settings under system preferences and select it there as well

  10. freediverx - 8 years ago

    Beats 1 doesn’t appeal to me either. What I’ve heard so far sounds mainly like top-40 R&B/hip-hop, which isn’t my thing. I find it odd that Apple decided to run a single station, dedicated to “just playing great music.” Music is way too subjective for that. Do they think this station is going to appeal to someone who likes EDM, dubstep, house, techno, indie, oldies, jazz, classical, country? Of course not.

    In contrast, check out BBC’s Radio 1. They have different DJs, different shows, dedicated to specific types of music. That’s what good radio should be like.

  11. Robert Mellor - 8 years ago

    Beats1 is in its infant stages. I’m guessing it’ll change to live DJs 24/7 instead of a 12 hour stream repeated. (Fingers crossed!) They have some amazing talented DJs lined up with an unimaginable knowledge of music.

    It would be good to add the current song to your Apple Music library so you can listen again.

    I’m excited to see where they take it.

    • Jonny - 8 years ago

      For most (though not all) songs, you can. Tapping the three dots on the righthand side of the mini player brings up a menu with the “Share song, start station, add to playlist” etc options. I’ve noticed a few songs it was not available and when I searched for them manually they did not appear in the library (almost certainly why they couldn’t be added to a playlist).

  12. you can listen to beats1 for free at

    beats1 dot cc

    please add this to this post, thanks


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