Apple is launching two new radio channels via its newly named Apple Music Radio, available in 165 countries. The new moniker replaces flagship global station Beats 1, which will be renamed Apple Music 1, while two additional live stations debut: Apple Music Hits, with hits from the 80s, 90s, and 2000s; and Apple Music Country.
Since Apple Music’s launch in 2015, if ever there was a meaningful moment in music culture, Beats 1 was there bringing human curation to the forefront and drawing in listeners with exclusive shows from some of the most innovative, respected and beloved people in music. Now, Apple Music Radio provides a global platform for artists across all genres to talk about, create and share music with their fans.
Apple Music 1—the former Beats 1—has studios in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville and London. Its personalities include Zane Lowe, Ebro Darden, Brooke Reese, Dotty, Hanuman Welch, Matt Wilkinson, Nadeska, Rebecca Judd and Travis Mills. The channel features several shows dedicated to Latin music around the world, including a new program from J Balvin, as well as “¡Dale Play! with Sandra Peña” and “La Fórmula Radio with El Guru.” It is also home to “Africa Now Radio with Cuppy,” showcasing local African music and artists.
Apple Music is a subscription streaming service, with monthly fees.