I’ve never been a fan of the radio or the Top 40 charts, but I’ve been really enjoying Beats 1 so far. It’s really easy to tune into and the music is almost always good (other than muting for 4 minutes every 2 hours when Selena Gomez’s Good for You plays).
But Beats 1 doesn’t really have a schedule. There’s a website where you can scroll through a bunch of upcoming shows, but that’s it. Without a schedule, how are you going to know when exactly to tune into the excellent St. Vincent’s Mixtape Delivery Service? These shows after all are live only. Plus the website’s not always accurate. Elton John’s Rocket Hour went live 30 minutes later this morning than what the website told me.
It doesn’t look like Apple is going to bring out a real schedule calendar but thankfully Marc Boquet has taken matters in his own hands and created an unofficial Beats 1 schedule (it got me the right time for Elton’s show). And because Beats 1 is live, all it takes to get the local schedule is some simple time zone conversion.
It’s available on beats1schedule.com and you can subscribe to it via Google Calendar, the iOS Calendar app or any other service that supports the .ics format. And as it works well with Google Calendar, you can get notifications as well.
Adding it to Google Calendar, is as easy as copying this link: http://beats1schedule.com/beats1.ics, clicking Add by URL from the drop-down menu beside Other Calendars and pasting in the link.
On iOS, go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account > Other > Add Subscribed Calendar and paste in the link above.
If you don’t want to subscribe, just going to the website will show the schedule for the next 24 hours in plain text.
This goes without saying, but as this is an unofficial calendar, it might be susceptible to problems. So far, I haven’t run into any.
Back to Beats 1. Worldwide. Always On. 24/7.