As of early August, Apple Music, the company’s long-awaited on-demand streaming service, seemed to be a success: Overcoming technical glitches and complaints about a complex interface, Apple announced 11 million trial-subscription sign-ups in five weeks — more than half of chief competitor Spotify’s paid international user base. But the music industry was at least as happy about another aspect of Apple’s musical efforts: the company’s free Beats 1 online radio station focusing on new music, which broadcasts live 24/7.

Scroll to Top