Radio

Beats 1 hosts are permitted to play whatever they want, DJ Zane Lowe reveals

In an interview yesterday with Vice’s music channel Noisey, Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe said that Apple permits Beats 1 hosts to play whatever they want in their designated slot.

Apple’s official policy, Lowe said, doesn’t call for any restrictions pertaining to shows by Beats 1 hosts such as Dr. Dre, Pharrell, Major Lazer, and other hip-hop artists who have regular shows on the service.

A native of New Zealand’s Auckland, Lowe revealed how Apple executive and former Beats 1 founder Jimmy Iovine gave him an important career advice, talked life in Los Angeles, having his own show on Beats 1 and more.

Beats 1 to debut new show by artist ‘deadmau5’

Apple yesterday announced via the official Beats 1 Twitter handle that the service will debut a new show by Joel Thomas Zimmerman, the popular music producer and performer also known under his stage name ‘deadmau5’.

The upcoming show is named “Mau5trap Presents” and is scheduled to debut on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio station this coming Friday, March 18, at 3pm PST / 6pm ET.

Apple Music Radio tab enhanced with live schedule, show details and other new features

Apple has refreshed the Radio tab within the stock Music app on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with a dynamically updated Beats 1 banner along with live schedule, show details, host biographies, show artwork and other perks.

As first noted by 9to5Mac, the Beats 1 banner in the Radio section now updates automatically to show the currently-airing live radio show along with information like the show’s airing location and artwork.

iTunes Radio now requires Apple Music subscription

Keeping true to its promise, ad-supported iTunes Radio, which launched in 2013, is no longer available for free and now requires an Apple Music subscription, leaving Beats 1 as the lone free-to-stream radio service on iTunes.

Starting today, non-subscribers who attempt to access iTunes Radio on iOS or via iTunes for Mac or Windows are greeted with a “Get on Our Wavelength” prompts, asking them to subscribe to Apple Music in order to continue enjoying Apple’s selection of streaming radio stations.

All-new iHeartRadio app coming to Apple TV soon with live stations and podcasts

iHeartRadio Media announced today at CES 2016 in Las Vegas that a whole new radio-streaming app will be coming to the fourth-generation Apple TV. In addition to a redesigned interface, it will allow users to experience all of the core elements of the service and let them access thousands of live and custom stations, including podcasts.

Both registered and unregistered users will be able to play live and custom radio stations, view For You recommendations, save favorite stations to a brand new My Favorites Radio feature and more, all from the comfort of their couch.

Rdio just brought 500 traditional AM/FM live radio stations to its iPhone and iPad app

Internet radio services like Pandora, Rdio, iHeartRadio, Deezer and many others have been feeling the heat following the launch of Apple Music with free 24/7 Internet radio, called Beats 1. Responding to competitive pressure, Rdio announced Wednesday that it is bringing live-broadcast radio stations to its iOS app, beginning with 500 stations owned and operated by its partner, Cumulus Media.

Apple’s streaming music deals include permissions for additional Beats stations

Beats 1 may not be the only live radio station on Apple Music for long, reports The Verge. Citing sources with knowledge of the agreement, the outlet says that Apple’s current music licensing contracts include permissions for up to five additional Beats radio stations.

“As part of the deal it struck with the major labels for Apple Music Radio,” says The Verge’s Micah Singleton, “Apple has licenses for up to five additional stations like Beats 1.” So it could essentially create a lineup of 6 radio stations without needing to renegotiate. 

How to request a song for Apple’s new Beats 1 radio station

Apple’s new 24/7 radio station, Beats 1, went live this morning and is now in full effect. Initial feedback on the experiment is mixed—some people really like it, others don’t—but the consensus is that Apple has managed to capture the essence of radio.

Keeping with that theme, Apple has announced that it’s going to start taking listener requests for songs during at least a small segment of its Beats 1 broadcast. From the service’s official Twitter account: “in a few hours, we turn the show over to you.”

Beats 1 celebrity hosts to include Drake, Dr. Dre, Elton John and others

Apple’s Beats 1 streaming radio service will feature celebrity hosts such as Pharrell Williams, Drake and Elton John, reports The New York Times. In a profile of Apple’s newly recruited D.J., Zane Lowe, the outlet says a number of well-known stars have been given spots.

Other well-known stars on the menu for Beats 1 programming include Dr. Dre, who will host a show called “The Pharmacy,” teen actor Jaden Smith, and Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age. Apparently, each of them will be hosting and planning the shows themselves.

iHeartRadio gains iOS 8 Today widget and CarPlay support

Thursday, an enhanced version 5.3 of iHeartRadio became available for download in the App Store.

The refreshed application brings out a nice Today widget allowing you to play your recent stations from the Notification Center in iOS 8. You should also appreciate its built-in support for Apple’s in-car entertainment system dubbed CarPlay, so you can now listen to iHeart Radio in CarPlay-enabled vehicles.

The updated app can be grabbed for free in the App Store.

Much-improved Rdio launches with new look and features, free version coming to 20 countries

Rdio, the popular Internet radio service, on Thursday launched a major redesign of its mobile app which now aims to compete with the likes of Spotify and rival Pandora by bringing its ad-supported free Stations to 20 countries.

The new look includes your personalized Home featuring an evolving mix of music stories based on your listening history and tastes, a new Browse section which now features both genre and curated Stations, a Trending feature showing what’s popular right now, the ability to favorite just about anything, from albums to artists to songs to stations, and much more.

Rdio is free in the App Store.