The speculated reason behind the sudden change is as a result of the company wanting to differentiate itself from it’s sub-brand, Beats. While this station is quite old spanning over the period of 5 good years, Apple calls it “one of the most-listened-to-radio stations in the world.”
So far, I don’t see a big deal in the changes though as most people already understands what the Apple Music 1 is all about in a simple term.
The company is also launching the Apple Music mainstream station today where the company will bring to live biggest hit songs from the 80s, 90s and 2000s making people speculate if the station will be focusing on new songs at all.
The show will be hosted in a similar fashion to Apple Music 1; hosts include Sayde Donovan, Estelle, Lowkey, Jenn Marino, George Stroumboulopoulos, Sabi, Nicole Sky and Natalie Sky. There are also artist-led shows by Backstreet Boys, Ciara, Mark Hoppus, Huey Lewis, Alanis Morissette, Snoop Dogg, Meghan Trainor, Shania Twain and more. That gives you a pretty good idea of what kind of music you can expect to hear here.
Then comes in the Apple Music Country which is of course one of the biggest genre in the US and so getting a full station dedicated to just that shouldn’t be a surprise. The country music station will be hosted by different figures including the likes of Kelleigh Bannen, Ty Bentli, Bree, Alecia Davis, Ward Guenther, Nada and Tiera. There will also be weekly shows and artist-led programming, same as with Hits and Apple Music 1.
The new stations as well as the rebranding happens today Tuesday, 18th and anyone can tune into Apple Music 1 without the need for an Apple Music subscription in as much you do have the Apple Music app on your iPhone or Mac computer. But as for the Hits and Country stations, we’re not sure just yet if they too will be offered freely to users who have the application just as the Music 1