DJ Zane Lowe leaves BBC to work on iTunes Radio / Beats Music at Apple

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Zane Lowe, the BBC Radio 1 DJ in the UK, is leaving the broadcaster to join Apple’s iTunes Radio service. Lowe, who is credited with helping to discover some of the biggest stars in the UK music scene (such as Arctic Monkeys, Adele and Ed Sheeran) is moving to the US with his wife and two sons.

Zane Lowe to work on music projects at Apple

Zane Lowe’s very last show will go out on 5th March. The well known DJ, who joined the BBC in 2003 said “I want to thank everyone at Radio 1 for their support and friendship. 

“The station has allowed me to share incredible music with the country’s best music fans – I’ve loved every minute of it. Exciting times lie ahead”.

Lowe began his musical career in London at the Record and Tape Exchange in Notting Hill, before he was asked to present an MTV show. Subsequently he went on to present another show, called Gonzo. But at Apple, he will be making an unspecified contribution to iTunes Radio – the Apple service which allows listeners to create and customise their own live music.

It’s also thought that he will have some degree of control over the human-curated music playlists in Apple’s Beats Music – the curated service which Apple bought last year for several billion dollars. Record producer and rapper Dr. Dre and music mogul Jimmy Iovine joined Apple as senior executives at the time of the Beats acquisition in mid-2014.

Apple Dr Dre

Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre with Apple CEO Tim Cook and executive Eddie Cue.

Apple’s iTunes Radio service is currently free, but there are adverts – though anyone with an iTunes Match account can listen to their music without ads. In the states at least, iTunes Radio has not met with that much success, and it’s already competing with the likes of Spotify in which listeners pay a monthly fee and can listen to all the music they want.

It’s thought that Apple will tightly integrate a new Beats-related service with the iPhone and iPad in iOs 9, as well as giving iTunes an overhaul. It remains to be seen exactly what role Zane Lowe will have at Apple, but his depth of experience in music and his popularity will surely be great additions to the Apple’s music services.

Will Zane Lowe be an asset to Apple’s future streaming services? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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