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Today in Apple history: Beats 1 makes its debut on Apple Music

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Apple calls it the world's biggest music radio station. Is it?
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June 30: Today in Apple history: iPad surpasses 100,000 exclusive apps June 30, 2015: Apple launches 24/7 radio station Beats 1. Part of Apple Music, Beats 1 features top DJs ranging from former BBC presenter Zane Lowe to top musical artists like Lil Wayne.

Apple calls Beats 1 “the biggest radio station in the world” and says it beats (no pun intended) all other music stations when it comes to concurrent listeners. However, without hard figures to back that up, some call Apple out on this claim.

Apple Music student discount is now less of a discount

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Apple Music student discount is now less of a discount
Students now have to pay a bit more for an Apple Music subscription.
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The cost of an Apple Music subscription for students just jumped 20%. The music streaming service is still available at a substantial discount, but it’s no longer half price.

This follows a similar price increase in other parts of the world.

Waze finally adds Apple Music integration for better commutes

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Waze finally adds Apple Music integration for better commutes
Waze embraces Apple Music for a happier commute.
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Google’s Waze navigation app makes driving a little more fun by building in support for Apple Music. This allows drivers to make changes to the music streaming through their iPhone or Android without leaving Waze.

The app already supports other music streaming services.

Apple Music Live series returns Friday with Harry Styles show

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The first show in the returning Apple Music Live series features Harry Styles on Friday.
The first show in the returning Apple Music Live series features Harry Styles on Friday.
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Apple has rebranded its Apple Music Live series and kicks off a new season with a live performance by Harry Styles in New York City on Friday, May 20.

Apple Music subscribers can tune into the live show and enjoy a seven-part video interview with Styles anytime.

Discreet new Sonos voice assistant will work with Apple Music

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Sonos Voice will give you a new way to talk to your Sonos speakers.
Sonos Voice will give you a new way to talk to your Sonos speakers.
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Smart speaker maker Sonos will soon deploy its own voice assistant, similar to Apple’s Siri. It will let you play and control music on the company’s products, according to a new report.

The new voice assistant, “Sonos Voice,” will work with Apple Music and a handful of other services.