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Beats 1, Apple’s 24/7 radio station, has just started broadcasting live in over a hundred countries around the world following the release of iOS 8.4 with a much improved and revamped Music app with Beats 1 and Apple Music integration.

Available on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 8.4 (and soon on Mac and Windows PCs with an impending iTunes update), Beats 1 is hosted by former BBC Radio DJ Zane Lowe in Los Angeles, with additional actors Ebro Darden in New York and Julie Adenoma in London.

To start listening to Beats 1, fire up the new Music app on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 8.4, tap the Radio button at the bottom and then hit promotional graphics top of screen.

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The first song Beats 1 played to audiences around the world: “City” by Spring King.

The song was followed by Beck’s “Dreams” and Jamie xx’s “In Color.”

“We spent the last three months trying to build this radio station,” Lowe said in his opening remarks on his first Beats 1 live broadcast. “Now we can build no more.”

Beats 1 is available at no charge.

The concept of a global Internet radio station that broadcasts 24 hours a day seven days a week is intriguing and reminiscent of old-school radio. Live programming with songs and jingles is interspersed with talk segments peppered with commentary.

Apple also published the full Beats 1 programming schedule on Tumblr.

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July lineup on Beats 1 includes A-Trak, Anna Lunoe, Dr. Dre, Ellie Goulding, Elton John, Jaden Smith, Joshua Homme, One Mix, Pharrell Williams, St. Vincent, Vice Music, with additional artists to be adding to the Tumblr webpage soon.

To check the schedule for each individual artist, just hover over their thumbnail image on Tumblr. The schedule is provided in local time based on your current geographical location.

Zane Lowe will also host some exclusive interviews on Beats 1. For instance, the DJ will interview hip-hop artist and music producer Eminem as its first guest.

Beats 1 is available standalone and is included with Apple Music. An Apple ID is required to stream the radio station.  Full Apple Music features are available free of charge to everyone during the first three months, after which the services costs $9.99 per month, or $14.99 for a family of up to six members.

  • Keith

    Loving it so far!!

  • Parnak Niranjan Dave

    Hope it comes out soon for ios 9 beta ! : Apple music not radio !

    • Ashymer

      it is kind of weird that apple left out all the beta testers…. :/ (iOS 9 and OS El capitan)

      • Parnak Niranjan Dave

        Its seeding out next week !

  • Sumit Agnihotri

    in India Beats 1..

    • Ashymer

      in Mexico Beats 1 🙂

  • Mete Polat

    I’m getting a 403 error. Haven’t been able to listen to it yet. I’m in Russia, but have an american account, so I’m not sure what’s the reason

    • Ron othnay

      I get it too… I live in Israel but have an american account, the same as you… maybe it’s that?

      • Mohamed Yasser Talbi

        It’s not related to the account apparently, i used a US vpn and it worked fine

      • Aaron de Silva

        Have both US account and US VPN not working.
        Living in Singapore also get the 403 error

    • Rami Tabaa

      Same thing. I live in Lebanon and have a US account

  • vanditt sama

    Beats1 is playing but none of the other stations seem to work for me. Is it because they haven’t stared broadcasting yet?

    • vanditt sama

      Another thing i noticed is that it stops playing after 5 minutes or so. I have to turn the screen on and press play again from the lock screen.

  • Joonyaboy

    Suprisingly a great station so far!

  • omgitsobaid

    Strange my apple music does not have beats1
    Help please

  • Muhammad !

    Please, I NEED HELP !!!!