Apple Music three pilars

As Apple and its executives continue to point out, what sets Beats 1 apart from other streaming radio services is its human curation. Instead of software algorithms, Beats 1 features real-life DJs that play whatever song they are feeling at any given moment.

But that doesn’t mean you won’t hear music get repeated. Quartz tracked the Beats 1 playlist throughout the month of July, and according to its data, out of 12,445 songs, only 3,371 were unique. This means that each song was played an average of 3.7 times.

That’s a lot of repeats, which is something that users have complained about since Beats 1 launched in late June. The Weeknd’s hit song Can’t Feel My Face was played a staggering 107 times in July, and 18 of the top 20 most popular tracks played over 50 times.

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Something else that frequently pops up in Beats 1 user complaints is that it’s very partial to hip-hop music, and Quartz’ data once again supports this. Songs in the hip-hop genre received 1,726 plays last month, more than Alternative and House songs combined.

All of this being said, some 3000+ songs played on Beats 1 last month were unique, and more than 20 genres were covered. So there is some degree of diversity here. I know I have discovered several songs while listening to the service, that I may not have heard otherwise.

Beats 1 Radio launched on June 30, alongside Apple Music, and Apple has said that “millions” are tuning in to listen each day.

Source: Quartz

  • I doubt millions are being played and even tho hip hop is most played, look at the amount of genres covered. There’s actually too much diversity. It would be better if they had stations for specific genres that way you can cater to those who don’t wanna hear that foreign bullshit.

    • Merman123

      Yup. It’s way too many changes. Could never listen to it for more than 10 minutes at a time.

    • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

      You’d be surprised how hard it is for a foreigner to hear the music he/she wants. They always resort to finding nearly extinct online radio streaming, but now Apple has begun a new way of listening to all sorts of varieties from the most popular devices set to date. I’ve been waiting for a “One” station that would play all instead of certain kinds and resorting to continuously tuning the station.

      • You are an extreme minority. Most ppl have specific tastes and don’t want to hear it all. And I can attest to you not having a good station because I am of island descent and it’s hard to find good reggae/soca music and you hardly hear any on beats1 but just hearing a couple songs a day isn’t good enough. I’d rather have a whole station dedicated to playing it all day.

      • How do you explain top 40 stations?

    • Endriu Andrei

      Why is that foreign bs ??

  • DevXav

    Woah.. Those songs doesn’t seem to be the most played to me..
    Looks like some money was injected for those positions to become a reality..

  • Rupinder

    I’m just glad Selection has a show. OTHERtone and the Jaden Smith ones are pretty good as well.

  • Damian

    it gets pretty repetitive when you listen to beats 1 for lots of hours each day. After 4 days you feel like you know and heard it all.

  • Dante Arellano

    Does this muic has any cultural value? Fuckk

  • svartkuken

    The “world” has the shittiest music taste in the world. I recognized 6 of those artists.

  • It’s just not my music, hey I need more ROCK AND ROLL Apple

  • NotTodayThx

    Bet it’s ‘Gunga Din, Libertines’, that’s a bs list.