Hands-On Walkthrough of Apple Music and Beats 1 Radio

Apple’s much-anticipated music service, Apple Music, launched this morning as part of iOS 8.4, bringing on-demand streaming music, the Beats 1 radio station, and Apple Connect, Apple’s new social network aimed at letting artists connect with fans in new and unique ways.

We went hands-on with Apple Music in iOS 8.4 to give you a look at how the new service works, what it looks like, what it costs, and how to use it. Check out the video below to get a thorough overview of all three Apple Music components.

Apple Music’s main streaming feature is a „For You“ section within the Music app that offers up on-demand music recommendations based on preferences you’ve entered and music you’ve listed to previously. „For You“ is able to offer more refined, tailored recommendations as you listen to more and more music.

The „New“ tab, also part of the on-demand streaming service, displays a variety of music that’s new and popular, organized into songs and albums. This section also includes music picks from Apple Music editors.

Much of the content in these two Music app features requires a subscription to Apple Music, which is free for three months, after which it’s priced at $9.99 or $14.99 for a family. A third „Radio“ tab in the app houses the new 24/7 live Beats 1 radio station and other radio offerings, and radio content will always be free to access.

Apple Connect, the artist-centric social network, is also available through a tab in the Music app, and it displays status updates, photos, videos, and more from artists you follow. The final section is focused on „My Music,“ housing music you’ve added from Apple Music, songs you’ve purchased from iTunes, and playlists you’ve created, all in one spot.

All of these features that are available in iOS 8.4’s new Music app are also available in iTunes 12.2, which was just released this afternoon. iTunes 12.2 offers up all of the same tabs and access to music, radio stations, and curated playlists.

Because Apple Music is free for the first three months, all iTunes users can download it and check it out for themselves without having to shell out cash. If you haven’t downloaded Apple Music yet, it’s well worth giving it a look.

To read more about setting up Apple Music, make sure to check out our guide on Getting Started with Apple Music and Beats 1 on iOS, Mac, and PC.



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Beats 1 Radio Accepting Song Requests from Listeners [iOS Blog]

One of the upcoming segments on Beats 1 radio is called „Requests,“ and it appears this broadcast will feature songs that have been requested from Beats 1 listeners around the world. According to a tweet from the Beats 1 Twitter account, users can request a song by calling in to the station.

The Apple Music Tumblr site has a page that’s dedicated to requests, listing phone numbers around the world for listeners to call to request a song. In the United States, the number for making a request is 1-310-299-8756, or 1-877-720-6293 for toll free.

There are also phone numbers listed for Canada, the U.K., France, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Australia, Italy, Ireland, and New Zealand.

„Requests“ will play at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, and the segment will be hosted by Travis Mills, who is located in Los Angeles. Mills’ show will come on following Ebro Darden, who goes live at 3 p.m. Pacific Time. It is not clear if the requests that Beats 1 is asking for will be limited to the „Requests“ segment or if they’ll also be played at other times on Beats 1 radio.

Beats 1 radio debuted today at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time in hundreds of countries around the world. It provides 24/7 live music and will also include news segments, interviews, and more. Beats 1 radio is part of Apple Music, which also includes a new on-demand streaming service (free for three months) and Apple Music Connect, Apple’s new artist-focused social networking feature.



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Leaked Photos of Next-Generation ‘iPhone 6s’ Show Only Minor Internal Differences

The next-generation iPhone, often referred to as the „iPhone 6s,“ will likely retain the same exterior design as the iPhone 6, based on purported images of the device’s rear shell obtained by 9to5Mac. The report claims the rear shell is identical to the iPhone 6 on the outside, including the same thickness and width, with only minor internal differences.

The leaked photos of the „iPhone 6s“ reveal that the Lightning connector, speakers, microphones, headphone jack, volume rocker, mute button, sleep/wake button, SIM card slot, antenna lines and cutout for the rear-facing camera and LED flash are all identical to the iPhone 6, which is unsurprising given that „S“ model iPhones have historically looked almost identical to the iPhone released one year prior.

While the exterior design on the „iPhone 6s“ looks unchanged, the rear shell has a notably different internal mounting structure that suggests a new logic board and other components are incoming. In particular, the next-generation iPhone is rumored to include an A9 processor with 2GB of RAM, Force Touch, 7000 Series aluminum and improved 12-megapixel camera, among other changes.



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Leaked Photos of Next-Generation ‘iPhone 6s’ Show Only Minor Internal Differences