New Radio Tab With Beats 1 Demo Appears on iOS 8.4 and iOS 9 Betas

With less than two weeks until the launch of Apple Music in over 100 countries, the latest signs of the streaming music service continue to appear in iOS 8.4 and iOS 9 betas. A number of users running the pre-release software versions have shared screenshots showing a new Radio tab in the Music app that displays a Beats 1 demo alongside a list of other stations and genres.

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The new Radio tab and Beats 1 pre-recording by DJ Zane Lowe have gone live for users in the United States, Canada, Germany, Norway, United Kingdom and select other countries, although it remains unclear if all features of Apple Music will be available worldwide on June 30. The search feature in the Radio tab is working as of now for some users, but Beats 1 and other playlists cannot be listened to yet.

The curated playlists shown in the screenshots cover a wide selection of genres, including classic, indie, pop-hits, all-city, francophone hits and charting music. Searching for and tapping on an individual song brings you to the Apple Music subscription menu that began appearing earlier this month and has revealed possible international pricing of €9.99/£9.99 per month in Europe and as low as $2-$3 per month in some countries.

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Apple Music subscription menu added to iOS 8.4 beta earlier this month

Apple Music was announced last week as an all-in-one streaming music service, live global radio station and social platform for artists to connect with fans. The subscription-based service will be available June 30 for $9.99 per month after a three-month free trial period for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and PC. Apple TV and Android versions of the service will be available in the fall.

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67 months ago

What I want to know is: Does Apple Music use up you monthly data on your phone? Or does the data used to run it cost nothing

It uses data from your data plan because there is no announced deal with carriers and there is no such thing as magic.
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67 months ago

Get users to pay for radio. Wow that takes some balls!!! or poor education from parents to children.

what next?

paying to browse a shop for clothes, electronics or food. I **** you not. Tokenisation of bluetooth and wifi to debit your apple account everytime you enter a shop.

Beats 1 radio is free. You don't have to be signed up for any special plan to listen to it.
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67 months ago
I am not sure, maybe I am wrong, but I feel this will be the next Ping
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67 months ago
Get users to pay for radio. Wow that takes some balls!!! or poor education from parents to children.

what next?

paying to browse a shop for clothes, electronics or food. I **** you not. Tokenisation of bluetooth and wifi to debit your apple account everytime you enter a shop.
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67 months ago

It depends on the quality of the stream. If it's a 128kbps stream, then 128kb :)

Which is about 1MB per minute.

not quite. 128 Kbps is 16 kB/s which is about 0.012Mb per second or 0.72Mb per minute. Yeah I get .72 could be said to be "about 1Mb" but that is a pretty big difference once you start to add up over a longer duration. For example over an hour that becomes 43.2Mb vs 60Mb. People average about 2.5hr per day of terrestrial radio (streaming radio is probably higher for this demographic but I didn't look up the data) so in a given months time that would equate to about 77.5 hours. This would be about 3348Mb vs 4650Mb.

Lastly, this also does not factor in the potential for other compression technologies that may be used to reduce the size of data in-transit, however, I wouldn't assume this when trying to plan how much streaming music you can listen to with your data plan.

-PopinFRESH
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67 months ago
All we hear is Radio ga ga. Radio goo goo. Radio ga ga.

Radio, what's new?
Someone still loves you.
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