Apple Radio, as the Cupertino-based giant’s upcoming music streaming service has been dubbed is going to go live most likely on June 8. Apple scheduled an event for June 8 which will supposedly mark the reveal of Apple Radio music streaming service. Apple is recruiting quite a few new team members for the launch of the streaming service, including hosts of one of the most popular radio station in the world, BBC Radio 1. According to a report from Music Business Worldwide, Apple has already approached a few members of the BBC team and has already recruited a few others to help develop and launch Apple Radio in June.
There’s a BBC Radio 1 event coming up in May called the One Big Weekend, but after that is over, James Bursey, Natasha Lynch and Kieran Yeates, all producers of Radio 1, will be moving on towards the Apple bandwagon, either at its Cupertino HQ or the London HQ. These popular producers and show hosts who have introduced new voices into the music industry through the Radio 1 Introducing show will be contributing to the development of Apple Radio, and will most likely help with the format of the new music streaming service from Apple.
Apple has already shaken hands with Radio 1’s Zane Lowe a couple of months ago, when the first rumors about Apple Radio aka the music streaming service surfaced online. Apple aims to take on Spotify with the new streaming service, as well as Deezer and other music streaming services like Soundcloud and even Youtube Music Key. Even though there is not much official information available about Apple Radio or whatever it is going to be called in the end, there’s a lot of hype being generated across the world. It looks like the streaming service will be subscription-based and it will contain both music in a Spotify format, but the addition of all the Radio 1 team members does lead us to believe that there will be some exclusive content and talk shows being hosted, as well.
With rumors about a new iPod Touch being launched, it seems like the June 8 Apple event will be a comprehensive one. Rumors suggest that besides launching Apple Radio, the company will also unveil a refreshed iPod Touch with exclusive content included. BBC seems to be fine with all of this, so speculation dictates that the producers moving to Apple are not making a permanent move and it does give us a sense of a partnership in formation. We will find out more about the connection between Apple, Apple Radio, BBC and Radio 1 at the June 8 event.