Beats 1 and Ra­dio

Ap­ple is now a broad­caster thanks to its world­wide in­ter­net ra­dio sta­tion, fronted by renowned mu­sic DJs like Zane Lowe

Mac Format - - APPLE MUSIC -

An Ap­ple Mu­sic sub­scrip­tion is not re­quired to lis­ten to Beats 1, but is needed for other ra­dio fea­tures

The cen­tre­piece of Ap­ple Mu­sic’s ra­dio fea­tures is Beats 1, a ra­dio sta­tion that broad­casts ex­clu­sively over the in­ter­net. If it doesn’t suit your mood, you can lis­ten to genre-based sta­tions that play con­tin­u­ous mixes, or iden­tify a sound you like to hear a per­son­alised sta­tion that fits your mood.

World­wide, al­ways on

Nat­u­rally, Beats 1 is the top item on the Ra­dio page. You can start lis­ten­ing to it right away us­ing the Lis­ten Now but­ton or, on iOS, tap any other part of the ban­ner to find out what’s play­ing right now, over the next few hours, and to read about reg­u­lar shows.

At the top of that page, tap Com­plete Sched­ule and you’ll be taken out to http://ap­ple­mu­sic.tum­blr.com. Scroll down past the sta­tion anchors and other de­tails that are also pre­sented in the Mu­sic app and you’ll find a list­ing of forth­com­ing guest pre­sen­ters.

Ap­ple says Beats 1 isn’t ded­i­cated to a par­tic­u­lar kind of mu­sic, just stuff that is new and great. There are a few ways to go if the sta­tion isn’t play­ing the sort of things you want to hear.

Re­quest songs

You can try to in­flu­ence what Beats 1 plays by re­quest­ing a song, but only in a rather old-fash­ioned way: by pick­ing up the phone and call­ing in to an au­to­mated sys­tem that records your name, lo­ca­tion and the song you want to hear. Ap­ple pro­vides lo­cal num­bers for coun­tries where you can do this, which are listed at http://ap­ple­mu­sic.tum­blr.com/re­quests.

Playlist history

Scroll down the Beats 1 page in iOS’s Mu­sic app to find fea­tured shows. (This is one of the things that’s cur­rently miss­ing from iTunes on the Mac.) Tap one of these shows and you’ll be shown a list of pre­vi­ous episodes; they’re la­belled as playlists be­cause you can’t lis­ten to the whole show with pre­sen­ter com­men­tary, but you can see what the pre­sen­ter played and add an en­tire playlist or cool in­di­vid­ual tracks you dis­cover to your mu­sic li­brary for easy ac­cess in fu­ture.

Note that Beats 1 pre­sen­ters are able to post to Con­nect. Tap the Con­nect tab at the top of their show page to see what they’ve posted in the past, and tap the Fol­low but­ton if you want to see their posts along­side those of artists in the Con­nect tab with­out re­turn­ing here.

Themed sta­tions

Fur­ther down the Ra­dio page you’ll find a se­lec­tion of themed and genre-- ori­ented sta­tions that play con­tin­u­ous mixes. These are a good way to re­visit clas­sics you might have for­got­ten about, and to dis­cover new things.

When lis­ten­ing to these sta­tions or Beats 1, re­mem­ber that you can send feed­back to Ap­ple about tracks they play, just like you would for tracks you find by search­ing man­u­ally or in the New or For You pages; use the heart icon in the Now Play­ing view (on iOS) or at the top-right of iTunes’ sta­tus area, or use the More Op­tions but­ton if you sim­ply want to add a track to your mu­sic li­brary with­out it in­flu­enc­ing fu­ture sug­ges­tions.

We’ve found it use­ful to cre­ate at least one playlist with a name like ‘Mu­sic from Ra­dio’ and add in­di­vid­ual tracks to it. This still adds them to your li­brary, but it gives you a con­sol­i­dated list of all those one-offs you might later want to re­move from your li­brary. To quickly do that, open the playlist in iTunes on your Mac, se­lect some or all of the tracks in it, then press å+∫ and con­firm their – not just from the playlist, but from your li­brary and all de­vices to which the tracks have al­ready been down­loaded.

Make your own sta­tion

There is one more type of sta­tion, and it gives you more di­rect in­flu­ence over the kinds of things it plays. Use the More Op­tions but­ton next to an item, or in iOS’s Mini Player or iTunes’ sta­tus area (when you place the pointer over it) and you’ll find an op­tion to start a sta­tion. (iTunes pro­vides two op­tions: New Sta­tion from Artist and New Sta­tion from Song). This tells Ap­ple to use that song the ba­sis for a sta­tion that plays a con­tin­u­ous mix of other tunes which Ap­ple’s anal­y­sis of peo­ple’s lis­ten­ing habits sug­gests will go well with your choice.

Un­like Ge­nius Playlists, these sta­tions play tracks from Ap­ple’s li­brary rather than your own, which makes them a good way to match your mood while also hear­ing a mix of the fa­mil­iar and stuff that’s new to you.

You can of­fer feed­back if you find that some tracks served up don’t hit the mark. When lis­ten­ing to a per­son­alised sta­tion, the play­back con­trols in­clude a star icon. In­ter­act­ing with the star re­veals sev­eral ac­tions you can take. The op­tion to add the cur­rent track to your Wish List is an odd throw­back to when the fea­ture was known as iTunes Ra­dio (and avail­able only in the US and Aus­tralia). Open Up Next while and you‘ll see that it doesn’t show much. That’s be­cause at any time you can in­flu­ence fu­ture songs the sta­tion will play by us­ing the other op­tions be­hind the star but­ton to give feed­back about the cur­rent song.

At the top of the Ra­dio page on iOS, tap the link that says ‘Com­plete Sched­ule’ or go to http://ap­ple­mu­sic. tum­blr.com on a Mac. The in­ter­est­ing thing here is near the bot­tom of the page: a line-up of guests who will host Beats 1 shows over the next few weeks.

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