Beats Music was purchased by Apple and discontinued in 2015.
Beats Music was a subscription-based streaming service helmed by Jimmy Iovine (chairman of Interscope/Geffen/A&M), Dr. Dre, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, and CEO Ian Rogers. It was available for iPhone, Android, and Widows Phones.
Apple acquired Beats and discontinued Beats Music when they launched Apple Music in the summer of 2015. The Beats brand lives on in the Beats 1 radio component of Apple Music, as well as with the Beats headphones which Apple continues to sell.
Ian Rogers describes the process of creating Beats Music on the Beats Music Blog:
“We wanted to build a music service that combined the freedom of an on-demand subscription service – unlimited, uninterrupted streaming and downloads of tens of millions of songs – but layer on top features that would give you that feeling only music that moves you can give. The right song at the right time will give you a chill. Make you pull someone close. Nod your head. Sing in the mirror. Roll down the car window and crank the volume to the right.”
How to get your songs on Apple Music
While it’s no longer possible to offer tracks through Beats Music — since they’re, like, closed — you CAN get your music onto Apple Music (and tons of other popular streaming and download platforms like Spotify, Amazon, iTunes, Pandora Premium, Google Play, and more). If you’re using CD Baby to distribute your music to streaming services, we’ll deliver your digital tracks to Apple Music and all our other partnered outlets.