Beats 1 Launch Set for 9AM PDT on June 30, iOS 8.4 Going Live at 8AM


We know Apple Music is set to launch on Tuesday, June 30, but now we have some specific times, thanks to Ian Rogers, the senior director of the music service (and former Beats Music CEO). Rogers revealed the details in a blog post yesterday, noting Beats 1 would go live at 9AM PDT/12PM EDT, an hour after iOS 8.4 is made available to download (via MacRumors):

Tuesday morning we’ll be unveiling the next chapter. Please make a note to upgrade to iOS 8.4 at 8am PT Tuesday, June 30th and listen to the first Beats 1 broadcast at 9am PT. Here’s a Facebook invite to make it easy for you to say yes, you’ll be there, and invite all your friends. See you there.

Some iOS 9 beta users (such as iPhoneinCanada reader @acerace113) logged into Apple Music (US iTunes Account) yesterday afternoon to listen to the Beats 1 promo, which also referenced the 9AM PDT start time on Tuesday.

Zane Lowe revealed to the New York Times last week the celebrity programming Beats 1 would entail, seen as a major feature of Apple Music (which also includes an exclusive single from Pharrell and Taylor Swift’s “1989” album), which is priced at $9.99 USD for individual and $14.99 USD for family subscriptions, for up to six members. Canadian pricing has not been revealed yet.


  • winnertakesteve

    with only a one hour window to update everyone’s phone before the first broadcast, it sure is a good thing that apple has a great reputation for rolling out services without any hitches.

  • Yeah, let’s hope everything goes smoothly and people don’t need to learn Mandarin like their live broadcasts 😛

  • Jeff Mitchell

    If the 8.4 update is for rolling out the Music service…and the music service is not launching in Canada, then I presume we won’t see the update. It usually takes 6 months to a year before services like this launch in Canada, so we might not see it until iOS 9.

  • Except that they said 100 countries would be getting it on rollout. I’d be surprised if Canada weren’t one of those 100 countries.

  • Jeff Mitchell

    I guess we’ll see. You’re right, they did say 100 countries. Canada usually gets the shaft with this kind of thing. No pricing information right up front is not a good sign…

  • Steve79

    There’s no pricing on other countries’ Apple Music webpage. It also says “coming soon” for them as well.


  • Jeff Mitchell

    Well there we go, maybe Canada is included in the initial launch after all.

  • Kirk

    Wha? Why release such an important update the day of instead of today?