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Apple launches free music channel

Apple is entering the music video landscape in the United States with a free 24-hour Music TV channel called Apple Music TV. The channels is available since October 19, online or via the Apple Music and Apple TV apps.

The music video landscape in the US, once dominated by MTV and more recently by the likes of YouTube and Vevo – is hotting up. Apple’s entrance into this space comes just two months after Facebook confirmed that official music videos would be launching on its platform in the United States, and reports in June told that Apple Music rival Spotify is also working on adding music videos to its app. Next to thatt Vevo has partnered with Dutch music video platform XITE to launch a new, free, ad-supported Vevo Apple TV app.

Apple’s new TV channel will feature curated music videos in addition to live shows and chart countdowns. The show to first air on the channel at launch was a countdown of Apple Music’s 100 most-streamed songs in the US.

As first reported by Variety, the channel will feature an “all day Bruce takeover” on Thursday (October 22) ahead of the release of Bruce Springsteen’s 20th studio album Letter to You on Friday (October 23), in addition to an interview with Apple Music host and Global Creative Director, Zane Lowe.

Apple Music TV will also premiere exclusive new music videos every Friday at 12PM ET/9AM PT.

The first two video premieres this coming Friday will be Saint Jhn’s Gorgeous and Joji’s 777.

Variety said that Apple Music TV will play music-related video content such as interviews and films from Apple Music’s trove of original content created since the service was first launched in 2015.

TechCrunch next to that reported that the free channel doesn’t offer extra features for Apple Music subscribers such as background play or the ability to like songs.



  • https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/apple-launches-free-24-hour-music-tv-channel/

  • https://variety.com/2020/music/news/apple-music-tv-launch-videos-1234809088/

  • https://techcrunch.com/2020/10/19/apple-launches-a-u-s-only-music-video-station-apple-music-tv/?guccounter=1