Plenty of news for Beats 1 listeners, as the service is now offering full replays of any shows you may have missed when they were player live, and Apple reportedly could add more Beats radio stations to the lineup whenever they’d like.
Federico Viticci over at MacStories was the first to discover the new Beats 1 show replay feature on Tuesday.
“I’m not sure when Apple rolled out this change, exactly (though it appears to have gone live over the past three days), but you can now listen to several Beats 1 shows (including those by Zane, Julie, and Ebro) in full through Beats 1 Replays.”
Previously, you had the opportunity to listen live, or catch the rerun twelve hours later. If you missed both of those shots, you were SOL. (That’s a technical term, meaning “simply out of luck.” – Ed.)
Some of the Beats 1 shows offered the ability to follow them via Connect, and then listen to a playlist of songs played during the shows, but that didn’t include the DJ patter, and any guests they may have had on the show.
To listen to a show in its entirety, Go to Replay, via Connect, and tap to start listening.
In other Beats 1 news, The Verge reports that its sources say Apple could potentially launch additional Beats stations, adding DJs in other countries or launching stations with a focus on specific genres, all without being required to negotiate new terms with the record labels.
“As part of the deal it struck with the major labels for Apple Music Radio, Apple has licenses for up to five additional stations like Beats 1, without having to renegotiate with the labels. That means Apple could launch a Beats 2 station headquartered in Australia or Asia, allowing it to provide live radio around the clock (Beats 1 is only live 12 hours a day). Or Apple could take a more targeted approach and produce holiday stations.”
MacRumors notes that Apple has already registered domains such as beats2.com.cn, beats2.hk, and beats4.com.ru in various countries around the world. So, the company could be good to go on short notice if it wanted to expand its Beats 1 station lineup internationally.
Labels are said to be “pretty pleased” with Apple Music so far, and the labels may have given Apple permission up front to create additional radio stations, due to the fact that Apple pays more per song streamed via Beats 1 than other services such as Pandora pay.