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Apple Beats 1 Radio Station (What is It & How to Use It)

Last updated: June 28, 2015 at 14:03 pm
Apple Beats 1 Radio running on iPhone
All new Beats 1 radio station created by Apple.

Have you followed Apple Music? Beats 1 radio is part of that. And in this article, you will learn everything you need to know about this exclusive radio station. First, we will start the basics of Apple Beats 1, then explain how it works, and what you can do to get access to this station on any device.

In short, this is your “Apple Beats 1 FAQ” you need to get started.

Beats 1 Radio: What is it?

To explain in simple words, Beats 1 is a 24/7 worldwide radio station created by Apple.

It is a live radio station that streams music of various genres. There will also be artists tuning in to play music, talk and interview celebrities and renowned guests.

Beats 1 Radio: How did it start?

Beats history is interesting. First, Apple acquired Beats Electronics company that was founded by Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. You might be familiar with the Beats by Dr. Dre headphones? It is a product of Beats Electronics.

And this company was acquired by Apple in the year 2014. Apple bought them out for a whopping $3 billion dollar. Since then, Apple wanted to channel the potential of this company to something substantial. And this led to the birth of Beats 1 radio.

Beats 1 Radio: What are its advantages over regular radio stations?

Apple believes Beats 1 Radio is different from every other regular radio station you listen to. It also takes iTunes radio to the next level.

As per Apple’s website, Beats 1 is “radio like you have never imagined.” How? It tries to understand the music you like and show you similar tracks / songs so you discover something new as you listen.

Beats 1 Radio: Who is behind it?

Beats 1 live radio station is headed by DJ Zane Lowe. He is an award-winning radio DJ, producer and a television presenter who was also hosting a global music show on BBC Radio 1.

Beats 1 Radio: What are its features?

What makes Beats 1 useful is its uniqueness. And what is that exactly? Unlike other radio stations that plays a collection of songs one after the other, Beats 1 has real people curating the music manually.

Human effort is involved in selecting the right songs. Plus, if you have purchased music from iTunes store, you will get relevant recommendation so you can discover and play new tracks anytime.

Beats 1 is also a global radio station – meaning you will have DJs Zane Lowe in Los Angeles, Ebro Darden in New York and Julie Adenuga in London working around the clock to bring a great set of music to your ears. This radio station will be broadcasted live to over 100 countries including UK, US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Malaysia, Philippines, India, Pakistan and so on.

Beats 1 Radio: What’s the cost and requirements?

Beats 1 is free. There are no monthly or yearly charges involved.

If you have an Apple iPhone, iPad, or Mac or any computer / laptop with Windows or any other operating system – you can still listen to Beats 1 radio station without any cost. Your device must run iOS 8.4 or highest firmware (after iOS 8.4 we are more likely to get iOS 9 update).

Want more benefits? Such as liking a particular song, saving / downloading songs or listening in offline mode? You have to subscribe to Apple Music (which includes Beats 1) for all the benefits.

Beats 1 Radio: How to access it?

Beats 1 will work only when you sign in using your Apple ID. As you know, you have to create an account which can be, again, done free of cost.

Note: Articles written at are valid for every Apple device running iOS 8.0, iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2, iOS 8.3, iOS 8.4 / 8.4.1 firmware