iTunes Radio

iTunes Radio is available for free on all devices and computers with iOS 7 or OS X Lion v10.7 or later, iTunes 11.1, or Apple TV 6.0 or later installed. iTunes Radio streams radio stations directly to your device or computer. You’ll have access to more than 250 DJ-curated and genre-focused stations. iTunes Radio is U.S. only.

To use iTunes Radio, you must have iOS 7 or OS X Lion v10.7 or later, iTunes 11.1, or Apple TV 6.0 or later installed on your device or computer as well as an Apple ID for use in the iTunes Store.

Using iTunes Radio on iOS 7

To get started with iTunes Radio, simply launch the Music player app on your iOS 7 device, tap the Radio tab, then tap Start Listening.

About featured stations

Featured radio stations are DJ-curated, editorial, or hybrid stations that appear at the top of the iTunes Radio screen and will change periodically. You can add a featured station to My Stations by tapping the Info () button, then tapping the Plus () button to the right of “Add to My Stations.” There may be some DJ-curated stations that you may not be able to modify. You can’t like or play more tracks like this while listening to some DJ-curated stations. You can however, start new stations based on the current track or artist of a featured station or add tracks to your iTunes Wishlist from the Star (✭menu.

Starting and modifying stations

You can start new stations based on artist, track, genre, or sub-genre. To start a new station, tap the Plus ()button under My StationsWhen prompted, type an artist name, track name, or genre or select a genre from the list. When creating stations by genre, iTunes Radio will play six second preview snippets for you prior to selecting a genre. Once you’ve decided on a genre, simply tap the Plus () button to the right of the genre name to create your station. You can modify your stations while listening to them by using the Star (✭menu to play more like this or never play songs like this.

Editing your stations

You can customize or edit your stations while listening to iTunes Radio. Use the Star (✭menu to play more like this or never play songs like this during playback. In addition, tap the Info () button to fine tune your station even further.

To edit your station:

    1. Tap Edit to the left of My Stations.
    2. From the resulting pane, tap on a desired station.
    3. Tap the Plus () button to play similar tracks by artist or track name on your station, or you can choose to never play tracks by artist or track name.
    4. Click the radio station’s name to customize your station’s name.

Sharing your stations

You can share stations using the Info () button on the Now Playing screen or by selecting the station on the Edit Stations screen. You can share stations through Messages, Mail, Twitter, or Facebook:

  1. Tap the Info () button at the top of the screen from within any of your stations.
  2. In the resulting screen, tap the Share Station button towards the bottom of the screen.
  3. Choose which method you would like to use to share your station.

Note: If you’re the recipient of a shared station, you can’t modify or customize that station.

Reordering and deleting custom stations

To reorder your stations from iTunes Radio, tap the Edit button to the left of My Stations. From the edit screen, tap the Edit button in the upper left corner, then tap and hold the handle to the right of each station name to drag the station up or down.

To delete a custom radio station, tap the Edit button to the left of My Stations. Next, swipe left on the desired station and tap Delete.

Skipping tracks

When listening to iTunes Radio, you can skip up to six tracks per hour per station. Once you’ve reached your skip limit, the Skip Forward control will be dimmed until 60 minutes has passed.

Allowing explicit tracks

iTunes Radio by default is set to play tracks not marked as explicit. To enable explicit tracks, tap the Info () button at the top of the screen from within any station. Tap to turn on Allow Explicit Tracks. Enabling explicit tracks will enable explicit tracks for all radio stations on that device. This setting does not sync to other devices.

Purchasing tracks you hear on iTunes Radio

To purchase a track currently playing on iTunes Radio, tap the track price to the right of the track title from the Now Playing screen. If the track is no longer the current track playing, you can still purchase previously played tracks by accessing your Radio History from the iTunes Radio main screen from the upper left corner.

Using iTunes Radio on iTunes 11.1

To get started with iTunes Radio from your iTunes library, choose Radio from the top navigation bar.

 

 

About featured stations

Featured radio stations are DJ-curated, editorial, or hybrid stations that appear at the top of the iTunes screen and will change periodically. You can add a featured station to My Stations by dragging the item to My stations or by clicking the Plus () button and typing the name of the station. There may be some DJ-curated stations that you aren’t able to modify. You can’t like or play more tracks like this while listening to a DJ-curated station. You can, however, start a new station based on the current track or artist of a featured station or add tracks to your iTunes Wishlist from the Star (✭menu.

Starting and modifying stations

You can start a station based on artist, track, genre, or sub-genre. To start a custom station, click the Plus ()button below the Featured Stations section in the center of the iTunes windowWhen prompted, type an artist name, track name, or genre or select a genre from the presented list. When starting stations by genre, iTunes Radio will play six second preview snippets for you prior to selecting a genre. After you add stations the first time, the Plus () button will move to the right of My Stations.

 

 

Editing your stations

You can customize your stations while you’re listening to iTunes Radio from the iTunes LCD. Hold the pointer over the iTunes LCD, then click the carrot to the right of the track name. From the contextual menu, you can play more like this or never play this song.

Alternatively you can further customize your station, by clicking on the desired station. From the resulting pane, click the Plus () button to play similar tracks by artist or track name on your station, or you can choose to never play tracks by artist or track name. You can customize your radio station’s name by clicking on the name of the radio station.

Sharing your stations

You can share stations through Messages, Mail, Twitter, or Facebook:

  1. Hold the pointer over the iTunes LCD.
  2. Click the carrot to the right of the track name.
  3. Choose Share Station.
    Note: If you are the recipient of a shared station, you can’t modify or customize that station.

You can also share stations by clicking the arrow on the individual station page.

Reordering and deleting stations

To delete a station, click the desired station, then press delete on your keyboard. You can also delete multiple stations by clicking and dragging your cursor over multiple stations. Once you’ve selected the desired stations, press delete on your keyboard.

Skipping tracks

When listening to iTunes Radio, you can skip up to six tracks per hour per station. Once you’ve reached your skip limit, the Skip Forward control will be dimmed until 60 minutes has passed. An alert will appear under the Skip Forward control when you have 2 skips left.

Allowing explicit tracks

By default, iTunes Radio is set to play tracks not marked as explicit. To enable explicit tracks, turn on Allow Explicit below the featured radio stations. Enabling explicit content enables explicit tracks for all radio stations on that computer. This setting doesn’t sync to other devices.

Purchasing tracks you hear on iTunes Radio

To purchase a track currently playing on iTunes Radio, click the track price to the right of the track title.

If the track is no longer the current track playing, you can still purchase previously played tracks by accessing your Radio History.

In the iTunes Store, you can view your Radio History in the Preview History menu.

Using iTunes Radio on Apple TV (2nd generation or later)

To get started with iTunes Radio, select iTunes Radio from the Apple TV menu.

About featured stations

Featured radio stations are DJ-curated, editorial, or hybrid stations that appear at the top of iTunes Radio and will change periodically. You can add a featured station to My Stations by pressing Down on your Apple TV remote to bring up the contextual menu, then selecting Add [Station Name] to Stations.

Starting and modifying stations

You can create custom stations based on artist, track, genre, or sub-genre:

  1. Press the Up button on your Apple TV remote while in iTunes Radio.
  2. Select Add Station.
  3. On the resulting screen, you can type an artist name, track name, or genre by selecting Create a Station.

Alternatively, you can select from a list of pre-populated genres. When selecting from a list of genres, you can preview each genre by selecting the genre name and pressing the Select button on your Apple TV remote. To add or create a station based on a genre, select the Plus () button to the right of the genre name.

Editing your stations

To edit or customize your station:

  1. Select Edit Stations by pressing the Up button on your Apple TV remote while in iTunes Radio.
  2. From the resulting screen, navigate to the desired station and press the Select button on your Apple TV remote.
  3. Select Play More Like This or Never Play This to have your station play similar tracks by artist name, track name, or genre, or you can choose to never play tracks by artist name, track name, or genre.
  4. Select the radio station’s name by pressing the Select button on your Apple TV remote to customize the name.

Sharing your stations

Sharing stations isn’t supported on Apple TV. However, you can view a station’s number of followers.

Reordering and deleting stations

To reorder your stations, highlight the station you would like to move, press and hold the Select button on your Apple TV remote until the station icon begins to move, and use the directional buttons on your Apple TV remote to reorder your stations.

To delete a station:

  1. Select Edit Stations by pressing the Up button on your Apple TV remote while in iTunes Radio.
  2. From the resulting screen, navigate to the desired station.
  3. Select the delete button to the right of the station name by pressing the Select button on your Apple TV remote.

Skipping tracks

When listening to iTunes Radio, you can skip up to six tracks per hour per station. Once you’ve reached your skip limit, the Skip Forward control will be dimmed until 60 minutes has passed.

Allowing explicit tracks

iTunes Radio by default is set to stream clean tracks. To enable explicit tracks, press the Up button on your Apple TV remote while in iTunes Radio and select Edit Stations. From the resulting screen, select Explicit Music by pressing the Select button on your Apple TV remote.

Purchasing tracks you hear on iTunes Radio

To purchase a track currently playing on iTunes Radio, press the Down button on your Apple TV remote while in iTunes Radio and select Buy. If the track is no longer the current track playing, you can still purchase previously played tracks by accessing your Radio History. To access your iTunes Radio history, press Up on your Apple TV remote while in iTunes Radio and select History.

Additional Information

iTunes Radio will stop audio playback after 2 hours of inactivity.

Common questions about iTunes Radio

Can I skip Songs?

Yes. You can skip six songs per station per hour. If the Skip Forward control appears dimmed and doesn’t respond, you have reached the maximum number of skips for that channel per hour.

Can I repeat or replay a song?

Similar to a radio station, a song on iTunes Radio is played in real time. You can purchase songs you like directly from the station’s history.

How do I fast-forward a song?

Similar to a radio station, a song on iTunes Radio is played in real time; however, with iTunes Radio, you can skip up to six songs per hour on a station.

Why does the music stop playing after two hours?

iTunes Radio will time out if you don’t interact with your system or device for approximately two hours. If this happens, simply access iTunes Radio again and choose a station to continue playing.

How do I remove ads from iTunes Radio?

A subscription to iTunes Match will provide the added benefit of ad-free iTunes Radio.

With iOS 7.1 or later and iTunes 11.2 or later, you no longer need to have iTunes Match turned on to listen to ad-free iTunes Radio. You only need to have an active subscription to iTunes Match.

For your devices with older versions of iOS or iTunes, you can still turn on ad-free radio. On iOS, tap Settings > Music and then turn on iTunes Match. On your Mac or PC, open iTunes and choose Store > Turn On iTunes Match.

Why doesn’t my head unit (iOS compatible car stereo) play music from iTunes Radio when my phone is connected?

Make sure you have at least one song downloaded onto your iPhone. This should allow the stereo to stream music from iTunes Radio.

 

Additional Information

iTunes Radio is not available in all countries. Learn more about iTunes Radio and iTunes Radio availability by country.

Listen to iTunes Radio

With iTunes Radio, you can enjoy free streaming radio that’s tailored for you from the most popular music in the iTunes Store. You can tune in to featured stations included with iTunes, or create your own stations based on your musical tastes. You can also buy any song you hear and download it instantly to your iTunes library. If you subscribe to iTunes Match, you can enjoy iTunes Radio ad-free.

To view iTunes Radio, choose Music from the Library pop-up menu and click Radio.

Library menu, with arrow pointing to Music
Radio Button

iTunes Radio is currently available in selected countries only.

Play a station

  • To play a station, move the pointer over the station and click Play button inside a circle.

  • To skip to the next song, click Forward button near the top-left of the iTunes window.

    Note:   You can skip a limited number of songs in an hour. The limit can vary based on a number of factors.

As with any radio station, you can’t replay or go back to the beginning of a song.

Create a station

You can create stations anywhere in iTunes you can play a song. You create a station by choosing an artist, song, or genre; you can customize the station over time.

To create a station:

  • In iTunes Radio: Click Plus sign next to My Stations, and do one of the following:

    • Type an artist, song, or genre, press Return, then double-click a search result.

    • Click a genre, then move the pointer over one of the options and click Add.

  • Elsewhere in iTunes: Click Action menu button next to a song, and choose “New Station from Song” or “New Station from Artist” from the pop-up menu.

iTunes names the station after the artist, song, or genre you chose, but you can rename a station by clicking its title.

Customize a station

iTunes Radio might not play the specific song or artist you use to create a station, but you can provide examples of songs and artists you’d like to hear. You can also request that certain songs or artists never be played.

Here are ways to customize your stations:

  • Request or reject specific artists, songs, or genres (on the selected station only):

    • While a song is playing, click Star button near the top-left of the iTunes window, and choose Play More Like This or Never Play This Song from the pop-up menu.

    • Click a station to display its contents, and click Plus sign below “Play more like this” or “Never play this.” Type an artist, song, or genre, press Return, then double-click a search result.

  • Adjust the balance between new and familiar songs (on the selected station only): Click a station to display its contents, and click Hits (familiar), Variety (mixed), or Discovery (new).

  • Allow or disallow explicit content (on all stations): Click On or Off next to Allow Explicit (above My Stations).

Buy songs

While a song is playing, you can buy it or add it to your Wish List. You can also buy previously played songs, including songs played in iTunes Radio on any of your computers or iOS devices.

Do any of the following:

  • Buy the current song: Click the price near the top-center of the iTunes window.

  • Add the current song to your Wish List: Click Star button near the top-left of the iTunes window, and choose Add to iTunes Wish List from the pop-up menu.

  • Buy a previously played song: Do one of the following:

    • Click the station that played the song to display the station’s contents, move the pointer over the song (below History), and click the price.

    • Click Up Next button near the top-center of the iTunes window, move the pointer over the song, and click the price.

    To preview a song before buying it, click Play button inside a circle.

Note:   By default, ads that appear on iTunes Radio are based on your personal preferences, using data gathered from your iTunes library and other sources. To prevent such data from being gathered, choose iTunes > Preferences, click Store, and select Limit Ad Tracking.

 

Listen to Internet broadcasts

You can use iTunes to listen to music streamed over the Internet. iTunes can also play many types of audio files available on the Internet, including spoken programs.

Tune in to Internet stations

  1. Choose Music from the Library pop-up menu.

    The Library pop-up menu, with Music chosen
  2. Click Internet.

    The Radio button near the top of the iTunes window

    If you don’t see the Internet button, choose iTunes > Preferences, click General, and select Internet Radio (next to Show).

  3. To see the available stations, click the triangle next to the type of music you want to listen to.

  4. To tune in, double-click a station.

If you use a dial-up modem to connect to the Internet, choose a station with a bit rate of less than 48 kilobits per second (kbps) for best results. To see a station’s bit rate, select the station, choose File > Get Info, and click Summary.

Connect to an Internet broadcast

If you know the exact URL of an Internet broadcast or audio file, iTunes can connect to it directly.

  1. Choose File > Open Stream.

  2. Enter the full URL of the broadcast or file you want to listen to. For example:

For information on file types iTunes can play, see Choose import settings.

You can’t record or save a song from an Internet broadcast, but you can add your favorite stations to your library or to a playlist so that you can tune in easily.