Apple has a surprisingly old-fashioned way for you to request songs on its new Beats 1 radio station

Zane Lowe Apple MusicYouTubeDJ Zane Lowe is a presenter on Beats 1.

Apple launched its new online radio station Beats 1 last week, with music playlists curated by DJs including Zane Lowe and Julie Adenuga, and musical guests like Elton John and Drake.

But, as Apple Insider points out, what many listeners may not know is that they can request songs to be played on the station too.

And the principal way Apple is encouraging listeners to make their requests is surprisingly archaic for a tech company: It wants people to phone in and leave a message. A list of the international numbers can be found on a dedicated Apple Music Tumblr page.

When you call the number, an American man greets you with a “Yo!” and asks you to leave your name, where in the word you are, what you are doing, and what’s happening in your city.

Then there’s the chance your song and your recorded message might be played on the radio station. But, as with traditional radio stations, there’s obviously no guarantee.

Listeners can also make requests by using the Messages app for iOS or Mac, or by emailing [email protected], according to Apple Insider. Still, many people might have expected Apple to build the functionality into the Apple Music app.

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