How to get better results with iTunes Radio by rating songs

Rating songs in iTunes Radio can help it serve up music that's better suited to your tastes. So instead of just skipping through songs next time you don't like a specific track, be sure to tell iTunes Radio. The same goes for music you do like. Here's how:

How to rate songs in iTunes Radio on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Music app on your iPhone or iPad and start listening to iTunes Radio.
  2. When you come across a song that you either really like or really don't like, open the Now Playing screen and tap on the Star.
  3. Here you can tell iTunes Radio to either never play that song or play more like it. Choose one of the two.

How to rate songs in iTunes Radio on your Mac or PC

  1. Launch iTunes on your Mac or PC and start playing one of your playlists in iTunes Radio.
  2. When you hear a song you want to rate, click on the star in the top bar.
  3. Tell iTunes whether you'd like to hear more like it or never hear it again.

How to rate songs in iTunes Radio on the Apple TV

  1. From the main menu of your Apple TV, select iTunes Radio.
  2. Play a playlist and wait to hear a song you'd like to rate.
  3. Hit the down button on your silver remote to bring up more options.
  4. Scroll down and select either to hear more like it or to never hear it again.

That's all there is to it. All your data will sync between all your devices. I will however note that if you're trying to rate a new playlist that doesn't have enough data just yet, you may not see options to rate songs. I'm not sure why this is the case with iTunes Radio but I've seen it happen from time to time. Either customizing the station further or letting it play out for a while seems to correct the issue.

If you use iTunes Radio ratings regularly, let us know in the comments how helpful they've been for you. Has it helped when it comes to playing things you like?