How to personalize your listening experience with iTunes Radio

How to personalize your listening experience with iTunes Radio

iTunes Radio is a great way to discover and enjoy music on the go with iPhone and iPad, or when you're in the office using iTunes. Even though you can always choose from featured stations that are constantly changing, it's always more fun to create your own stations. While how to create a station in iTunes Radio is obvious, a lot of people don't realize you can further personalize stations to suit your exact tastes and listening preferences. Here's how:

How to personalize iTunes Radio stations in iOS

  1. Launch the Music app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Radio in the bottom navigation.
  3. Under the My Stations section, tap New or Edit depending on if you want to add to an existing station you've created or create a new one.
  4. If you're creating a new station, go ahead and pick the first artist or genre you want it to be based on and save it. Then from the screen in step 3, tap on Edit.
  5. Tap into the station you'd like to add things to.
  6. Under the Play More Like This section, simply add more artists, genres, or specific songs. Alternately, you can also go to the Never Play This section and add things you don't ever want to hear.

How to personalize iTunes Radio stations in iTunes

  1. Launch iTunes on your Mac or PC.
  2. Click on the iTunes Radio tab at the top of your music library.
  3. Either choose an existing station or create a new one under the My Stations section.
  4. Now click on the station you'd like to edit anywhere outside of the Play button in order to expand the information about it.
  5. All you have to do now is add more artists to the Play more like this or Never play this sections.

That's all there is to it! iTunes Radio remembers your preference the minute you save the station and syncs them across all devices with your iCloud account. I do this occasionally in order to tweak what iTunes Radio plays. If I find it repeating songs, I may go in and add another artist to add more variety, or remove something I'm tired of.

If you've used this feature, how has it worked for you so far? Be sure to let us know!

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Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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How to personalize your listening experience with iTunes Radio


Hi Rene
In UK but no I Tunes Radio yet. One query . Can it only stream from personal purchased music or any music from iTunes Store?

I made a comedy station by listing some of my favorite comedians. Works great but it can be repetitive. Somehow a repeated song is more of a pleasure than a repeated joke.

You forgot to add a step"pray the springboard doesn't crash and reboot your device". iTunes Radio is a horrible offender of springboard issues when trying to add a station. Go ahead, try it.

After about two months of using non-stop, I am back to using Pandora. The lack of variety and very repetitive nature got to me. For one, even on "discovery", it would play all similar songs instead of going across everything I had asked it to "play more like this of". Even though Linkin Park, Mat Kearny, Rihanna, and Imagine Dragons were all on this list, I only ever heard Pitbull, Black Eyed Peas, and the occasional Rihanna song. And the repetitive nature was the worst. I have a screenshot of my history showing "In the Dark" by Dev, "Fire burning" by SK, the "In the Dark" again, then "Fire Burning" again, then "Imma Be" by BEP, then "In the Dark" a third time! This would happen every 2 days! And I heard certain songs like "Imma Be" every 15-20 minutes!

Something else I really like is hitting the info icon while playing a station and adjusting the slider to hits, variety, or discovery.

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iTunes Radio is ALREADY IN CANADA!!!!
Open REMOTE App.
Connect to your music library
See iTunes Radio button and have fun!

I've tried this and I'm pretty happy with the results. The problem is the same as before though, I keep hearing the same songs, maybe 30 songs. Does this happen for everyone else?

ETA: Just tried sliding it to "discovery." Will see if that helps.