Kahney's Korner: Why I can't wait for Beats 1 radio

Kahney’s Korner: Why I can’t wait for Beats 1 radio


Kahney's Korner Beats 1
Find out why Leander hopes Beats 1 is as cool as BBC Radio 1 in this week's Kahney's Corner.
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Why is Leander super-excited about Apple’s new Beats 1 radio service?

It’s simple, really: For him, listening to BBC Radio 1 was possibly the greatest thing about growing up in England in the ’70s. More importantly, it’s still how he discovers loads of new music today — and Apple’s 24/7 live internet radio station promises that same kind of magic.

Get the lowdown in the latest Kahney’s Korner video.

“The best way to discover new music is the old-fashioned way — with a radio DJ,” Leander says in the video.

It might seem counter-intuitive in an era where anybody can listen to any song at any time, but the human touch baked into Apple Music could be a the service’s killer feature.

“It won’t be run by robots,” Leander says. “It’ll be run by real DJs who are passionate about music.”

That’s why Beats 1 holds so much promise.

Will it be enough to turn Apple Music into a Spotify killer? It’s too soon to tell. But by it’s a welcome and unexpected addition to Apple’s ambitious music offering.


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