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Apple filed trademark applications for the word marks B2, B3, B4, and B5 with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in November, including the matching marks Beats Two, Beats Three, Beats Four, and Beats Five, as spotted by French website Consomac [Google Translate]. The applications are currently pending review.


All four trademark applications are assigned to "Beats Electronics, LLC," have the same logo that Apple uses for its Beats 1 radio station, and are listed under broadcasting- and streaming music-related categories, indicating that Apple could be planning an expansion of its Beats radio network in the future.
Goods and Services: broadcasting and transmission of voice, data, images, music, audio, video, multimedia, television, and radio by means of telecommunications networks; broadcast and transmission of streamed music, audio, video, and multimedia content by means of telecommunications networks; matching users for the transfer of music, audio, video, and multimedia by means of telecommunications networks; providing access to websites, databases, electronic bulletin boards, on-line forums, directories, music, and video and audio programs
Apple's licensing terms with record labels reportedly give the company permission to create up to five additional radio stations like Beats 1 without needing to negotiate new terms. Apple could potentially launch additional Beats stations around the world, adding DJs in other countries or launching stations with a specific focus or genre.

MacRumors previously discovered that Apple has registered domains such as,, and in various countries around the world. Beats 1 is broadcast worldwide, but in the future, Apple may wish to offer stations that cater to different languages and musical preferences around the world.

Beats 1 is broadcast in over 100 countries and has been on air since Apple Music launched on June 30. Apple's 24/7 live global radio station, anchored by renowned DJs Zane Lowe, Ebro Darden and Julie Adenuga, provides a mix of the latest music, guest interviews and more. Beats 1 can be streamed through Apple Music and iTunes.

Article Link: Apple Files Trademarks for Beats 2, 3, 4, and 5 Radio Stations


macrumors G5
Oct 20, 2011
Tar Valon
Not a big radio listener but why the hell did we need FOUR more Beats stations?
Genre specific. Beats one is the sensible "top 40/general music" station, but I would expect one of them to be Alternative/Folk/Indie and another to be Hip Hop


Sep 22, 2012
I can't believe I hated Beats 1, it's the best part of Apple Music IMO, I enjoy hearing it daily. Hopefully one of these is more pop/dance/electronic centered.
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macrumors member
Jun 11, 2012
Im surprised this didn't happen sooner. Apple and Beats has a great opportunity to create a platform equal to or greater than SiriusXM. They ought to have different channels for different genres and a channel that features talk programs or that highlights particular podcasts. They definitely would have greater reach than SiriusXM.


macrumors member
Sep 30, 2015
Nope. I'm a BBC radio 2 man :) but only in the car. I hardly ever listen to the radio indoors.


Staff member
Feb 1, 2005
Twin Cities Minnesota
They have more than just hip hop / rap ( which I too dislike ) . I keep track of the schedule and listen in much more than I thought I would. Been a good way to discover some artists I may not normally listen to.

I would love a chill / electronic station, that and some classic rock .


Jun 3, 2015
Neh Apple radio stations are going to glitch out ..."please update iOS 9.x to listen to your damn radio"
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macrumors 68000
Jan 23, 2006
Where I live
I don't listen to Beats 1 therefore I'm totally against having Beats 2, 3, 4 and 5... I'm assuming here that we are forced to listen to it...

That's the way this forum works, right? My use case is the only valid one, correct?

Obligatory "/s" for people that only understand the first degree.

In all seriousness, they probably have good numbers if they are going with it. Please surprise me!


macrumors 6502
Oct 12, 2015
Not a big radio listener but why the hell did we need FOUR more Beats stations?

I'm not a fan of country, but one of the first posts here was for requesting a country station. That's why.

I would like to see multiple target audiences though, and here's hoping that the different stations bring that about. So far, the Beats brand keeps targeting the same demographic from before the acquisition: people who care about Dr. Dre's affiliation with the brand.

It's interesting to see the more refined (and lower priced) products like the Pill+ replacing some of the lower-quality sound products, and I hope that the pattern continues into a quality competitor to the old iPod Hi-Fi's. It would be cool to see a new generation of speakers and headphones using the rumored higher-quality codec that would appeal to a larger audience than those who only have max db on their spec sheet.

Apple's Beats One is a great way to have a curated playlist of new releases and interviews. I think that if they release the other stations along with higher-quality steaming, Apple Music could become a de-facto service for classical music and re-brand Beats for a wider audience.


Staff member
Oct 11, 2005
The Black Country, England
More evidence that Beats radio is just BBC radio ripoff. I'd love to know how many people are actually listening now semi regular basis.
I don't think they will ever be ripping off BBC Radio 4 or Radio 5, though I would love to hear Eddy Cue bigging up the Archers at the next Apple keynote. :D

Even though a lot of people would enjoy a station based on Radio 3, classical music doesn't seem to be an ideal match to the current Beats image.
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