Apple's Beats 1 radio will be censoring music
Even before its launch on Tuesday, we knew that Beats 1, Apple Music‘s 24-hour online radio station, would be a little more traditional than its Internet radio contemporaries like Pandora. Apple had already teased a stellar lineup of shows from living, breathing hosts like Drake, Pharrell Williams, and Elton John. Among the three main voices, meanwhile, is legendary BBC Radio One DJ Zane Lowe.
And when it launched on Tuesday with Lowe’s first broadcast, the world noticed another old-school feature: censored music.
Apple’s confirmed that Beats 1 Radio, which will be available in more than 100 countries, will be playing clean versions of songs. Explicit versions will still be available on the streaming section of Apple Music.
So just how censored is censored? According to BuzzFeed, Lowe played a version of Dr. Dre’s “Let Me Ride”—off 1992’s The Chronic, which is streaming exclusively on Apple— that had censored “some 30 curses.”