How to rate songs for better results with iTunes Radio

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?

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Allyson Kazmucha

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How to rate songs for better results with iTunes Radio


My thoughts about this is that although you can try these steps to enhance your experience with iTunes Radio, it won't really make a great experience mainly because I believe Apple hasn't included the genius feature to this service which would make the service a lot better. Rather, pressing more like this or never, you can get very little controlling power. I have found mainly a lot of repeats and just overall buggy experiences. Adding the genius feature which the founder of Apple was so happy about would be a game changer. For starters, let's discuss the overall learning listener experience. If Apple asks users to update their library with genius at least once a week to find out what people are listening to, apple having the largest music library, it can definitely make for a better listening experience which combines the listening experiences from other users. Playlists made and how they're played can really help apple. Overall, iTunes and idevices record when people listen to a song is played and what songs comes next. Although genius hasn't worked in nearly 2 years, as you can't genius songs after 2012, it's a feature that if they can take it and reinvent it, Apple can have a killer streaming music service. When using genius with older songs, it's the best music playlist generator without a doubt.

Your thoughts?

I agree! I also find that that liking songs really doesn't do much except not play that song anymore! Adding an artist works a little better, but iTunes Radio is still pretty weak. I also have repeat songs playing, and most songs and artists I like aren't played anymore after liking them. I get that that main point of the service is to get users to buy music from iTunes, but c'mon Apple. If ITunes Radio is going to continue to feed me stuff I have not liked and neglect what I have liked, then they will to continue to kill my listening vibe. It needs to play more of what I like, and introduce new material in small doses to keep me interested and not annoyed.

Yup. I already do this, but I mostly listen on my iMac. Thank you for showing how to manage this on the other listening outlets as well.

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This is great, I've started using this now when I listen to iTunes. Thanks for the tips! This one I figured out.

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