“‘Into the unknown we go,’ the D. J. Zane Lowe said just after noon on Tuesday, as he began his first show on Beats 1, the Internet radio station that is a big feature of Apple’s new music service,” Ben Sisario reports for The New York Times. “”
“As Apple Music opened on Tuesday — most listeners found it as part of an update of Apple’s mobile operating system — much of the attention turned to Beats 1, a live radio feed that in some ways functions as marketing for the entire service,” Sisario reports. “Led by Mr. Lowe, who was born in New Zealand and became a top announcer on the BBC station Radio 1, Beats 1 is in some ways an old-fashioned radio station, with D. J.s, promotional recordings — ‘carts,’ as they are in industry parlance, after the tape cartridges they used to fit on — and teases about new songs.”
“After warming up with atmospheric tracks by Brian Eno, Mr. Lowe opened his first show with the song ‘City’ by Spring King, a little-known alternative band from Manchester, England. Then came Beck, the English producer Jamie XX, the English rapper Skepta and AC/DC, a playlist that in some ways telegraphed Mr. Lowe’s musical approach,” Sisario reports. “He is dedicated to brand-new rock and hip-hop music and isn’t afraid to take chances on the kinds of obscure records that most commercial American radio stations would normally consider too risky to play.”
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MacDailyNews Take: The surprisingly compelling Beats 1 is a throwback that’s likely something completely new to many of the service’s younger listeners. Independent, unrestrained, human DJs spinning tunes and interviewing artists. What’s old is new again!
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