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Here’s a breakdown of Apple’s Beats 1 radio music habits

Apple’s Beats 1 ‘radio’ station has been with us for over a month now, so it’s had plenty of time to show its true colours.

And it turns out, Beats 1 is heavily biased towards hip-hop and rap. We’re not really surprised.

That’s according to new data compiled by Quartz and a programmer called Callum Jones, which attempts to show the “tastes and habits” of the fledgling station.

To that end, over 12,000 songs were tracked over a month-long period between early July and early August.

The study found that hip-hop and rap are, by far, the most popular genre, with 1,726 cumulative plays.

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That’s not a huge surprise, as Beats 1 is the spiritual successor to Beats Music, the brainchild of Beats founder hip-hop legend Dr Dre.

Alternative was next up with 1,506, followed by electronic music at 802.

Woe betide fans of blues (12), soul (11), and techno (10), genres which ranked amongst the least played on the station.

The most popular artist on the service is singer The Weeknd with 180 plays, 107 of which were for the song “Can’t Feel My Face”.

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As a result, that song tops the list for most popular tracks too.

The second most popular artist was Drake, followed by Disclosure.

Meanwhile, in second place for top tracks was “New Americana” by Halsey, followed by Selena Gomez’s “Good For You”.

beats 1Image credit: Quartz

Related: Apple Music review

Beats 1 has received a fair amount of criticism for playing too much hip-hop, although that’s down to individual tastes.

However, Apple does peddle Beats 1 as “the world’s local station”, so some might argue that the focus on one particular genre is unrepresentative.

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