Apple’s Beats 1 internet radio service has just gone live following the release of the iOS 8.4 software update earlier today. Host Zane Lowe introduced the station, saying, “We spent the last three months trying to build this radio station. Now we can build no more.”
The first song to play on the service was City by Spring King. Lowe said the song had been used for a variety of purposes at the station, including sound checks and demos to get other artists on board with Beats 1.
Beats 1 is part of Apple Music, the new on-demand streaming service first debuted at WWDC last month. Users running the latest iOS software can listen to the free Beats 1 stream, which will feature a variety of shows from hosts like Dr. Dre and Drake.
To celebrate the launch, Apple has converted over the old iTunes Tumblr page to a new URL and name focused on Apple Music. The beats1radio.com domain now also redirects to that site. The new page includes the schedule for the Beats 1 Service, which uses the user’s location to automatically list local times for the shows.
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