One of the surprisingly better features of Apple’s new music streaming service, Apple Music, which launched with great fanfare yesterday, is its human radio station DJ’d Beats 1 that broadcasts to 100 countries around the world through the Music app on iOS devices and through iTunes on the desktop. But while the service will be made available to Android users this fall through a native mobile app (yes, Apple is making Android apps now!), There was no way for non-Apple customers to connect.
Well, so far: developer Benjamin Rumble stumbled across an unencrypted stream for Beats 1 radio and embed it on his own personal website. By accessing the site from your Android browser, you can listen to Beats 1 with only a slight delay compared to the live stream heard on Apple devices.
@ MartinCox0155 @ Sheerioslyy Very unofficial. My personal site. I just found an unencrypted HLS stream url. http://t.co/mL6heDGHbq
– Benji R (@therumbler) June 30, 2015
According to a Twitter post by Rumble, the web feed is a “very unofficial” way to access Beats 1 from various devices, which means it may not run indefinitely. Rumble explains that he was able to find an unencrypted HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) URL for the service and decided to post it on his website. The stream allows users to listen to Beats 1 on devices iOS 6+, Android 4.1 and later, and through Safari on OS X, he says.
Rumble, an Apple user, tells us he decided to look for a stream yesterday when he wanted to listen on the desktop and his phone’s battery was low. (This was before the launch of iTunes 12.2.) He notes that Timo Hetzel actually found the stream url encrypted and unusable, then it tested changing the url from “/ hub02 / session02 /” to “/ hub01 / session01 /”. When he found the unencrypted stream, he simply added it to an HTML5 tag.
“I’m a huge fan of radio, especially Radio 1, so I was very excited to listen to the first day of Beats 1,” he says. “Really, it’s a fan thing.”
We tested it today on a Nexus 5 running Android version 5.1, and it seems to work as advertised. Music played uninterrupted, despite being seconds away from the live stream being played on an adjacent iPhone 6. new traffic.
However, the developer isn’t the only one looking for other ways to access the Beats 1 service beyond Apple’s ecosystem.
On Reddit, users found additional URLs for audio streams accessible outside of the iOS Music app and iTunes 12.2. Streams will only work in countries where Beats 1 operates, and listening to streams requires a player or app that supports HLS. However, there are a number of them including Safari (OS X / iOS), Chrome (Android / iOS no desktop), Quicktime X (OS X), Microsoft Edge (Windows 10), Media Player Home Classic (Windows), TuneIn Radio (iOS / Android) and others listed here.
In other words, discovering these web feeds means that not only Android users will be able to listen, but also users of other desktop platforms who do not have the latest version of iTunes installed. Apple may start shutting down these unofficial hotspots to Beats 1 as awareness grows, so if you’re curious about what it is, now’s the time to do it. ‘to try.
While the idea of a real-time radio service mimicking terrestrial radio seemed anachronistic at first in the on-demand streaming age, Apple’s Beats 1 is proving – at least in its infancy – as a means interesting to discover new music. Its DJs, led by Zane Lowe, previously of BBC Radio 1, usefully surface new tracks and explain why they are interesting in some cases, while playing more popular and current dishes without having to algorithmically follow playlists. scheduled.
The formula works so far. Beats 1, while requiring listeners to have enough eclectic and diverse musical tastes to enjoy all of its shows, is a decent way to enjoy great music without having to think about what you want to hear right now.
Update: At around 12:15 p.m. ET, the stream that Rumble accessed stopped working. Guess the fun is over?
Update # 2: Rumble has found another feed to use instead, and the site is working again.