Radio tab with Beats 1 station shows up in the Music app on iOS 8.4 and iOS 9 beta

Beats 1, Apple’s non-stop Internet radio station hosted by celebrity DJs, has made its first appearance in latest betas of iOS 8.4 and iOS 9 which are available to developers.

When you tap on the Beats 1 artwork, it plays a fairly long demo of the service. It also lists other Apple Music radio stations in a wide selection of genres, which seem to be working fine. The search feature works partially in the Radio tab as it opens up the subscription menu when you tap on a song.

As you can see top of post and below, there’s a new Radio tab in the Music app on iOS 8.4 beta 4 and iOS 9 Developer Preview. In addition to a list of stations and genres, the Beats 1 promotional thumbnail at the top can be tapped, which yields a “coming soon” message and initiatives a pre-recorded promotional broadcast.
I must admit the pre-roll promo with celebrity DJs Zane Lowe in Los Angeles, Ebro Darden in New York and Julie Adenuga in London sounds very powerful. It’s everything you love about radio and I predict it’s going to become a smash hit with music lovers.

Tapping the magnifying glass in the upper right corner gives you the choice of searching across your own music library or radio stations (they even stream the BBC’s World Service). I was able to search for a radio station but actual streams weren’t live at post time.

Apple Music is an all-in-one streaming music service that has three core parts — Apple Music, Apple Music Radio and Apple Music Connect. You can listen to Beats 1 radio station and Apple Music radio station for free. You can also follow artists and view artist feed on Connect without buying the membership for Apple Music.

During last week’s WWDC Keynote, Apple announced that it will launch Apple Music on June 30th along with iOS 8.4. It will be available for $9.99 in the U.S. Apple hasn’t officially announced the international pricing, but the subscription menu has also revealed that Apple Music will be available for €9.99 in Europe, £9.99 per month in the U.K, and as low as $2 per month in India.

The service will be available on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, Mac and PC starting June 30 in over a hundred countries. Apple Music will expand to the Apple TV set-top box and Android phones this fall.


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