Apple Music on MacSource: Bryan M. Wolfe / iMore

Apple Music 1 is just one part of Apple Music's radio experience: You can also create, listen to, and personalize semi-automated radio stations to your heart's content.

What's coming?

In iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, the For You tab in Music becomes Listen Now. The change is reflected below.

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas. While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

How are these radio stations different from Apple Music 1?

In Apple Music, there are countless radio stations just waiting to find an audience. These stations take one of two forms. Semi-automated pre-created stations are organized by genres, such as alternative, electronic, and news and sports. Custom stations are those you create and based on your favorite artists or songs.

Neither option includes live DJs as Apple Music 1 does; instead, they use a mix of automated content and custom-curated matches for a neverending sound experience.

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Unlike Apple Music 1 and traditional radio stations, those on Apple Music remember where you left off. When you return to the station, you'll pick off where you left off.

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How to listen to pre-created Apple Music radio stations

You can listen to pre-created Apple Music radio stations across many devices, including iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

On your iPhone or iPad

  1. Tap on the Music app on your device's Home screen.
  2. Select the Radio tab at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Scroll down, tap a channel for listening.

    To listen to pre-recorded Apple Music ration stations, tap on the Music app, then select the Radio tab. Tap on a channel to listen.Source: iMore

On your Mac

  1. Under Applications, click on the Music app.
  2. Click Radio on the left side of the app.
  3. Scroll, choose a channel for listening.

    To listen to pre-recorded Apple Music ration stations on Mac, click on the Music app, then click Radio on the left side of the app. Scroll, then choose a channel for listeningSource: iMore

How to create your own Apple Music radio station

You can create a radio station based on your favorite artist or song. To do so:

On your iPhone or iPad

  1. Tap on the Music app on your device's Home screen.
  2. Find the song or artist you want, then click on the More ••• button.
  3. Select Create Station.

    To create a radio station, tap on the Music app, find the song or artist you want, then click on the More button. Select Create StationSource: iMore

On your Mac

  1. Under Applications, click on the Music app.
  2. Mouse over the song or artist you want, then click on the More ••• button.
  3. Select Create Station.

    To create a radio station on Mac, click on the Mac app, mouse over the song or artist you want, then click on the More button. Select Create Station.Source: iMore

How to customize your new station

As you listen to songs on your customize station, you can select the Love button when you hear a song you like. Apple Music will store this data and adjust your automated radio station accordingly. The best place to do this is through the Music app on the iPhone or iPad.

  1. Tap on the Music app on your device's Home screen.
  2. Tap on the custom radio station to listen.
  3. For songs you enjoy, select the More ••• button.
  4. Scroll, tap Love.

    To customize your Apple Music station, tap on the Music app. Choose the custom radio station. For songs you enjoy, select the More button, then tap Love. Source: iMore

How to find Apple Music radio stations you've listened to recently

You can find radio stations you've recently listened to on the For You tab in the Music app.

On your iPhone or iPad

  1. Tap on the Music app on your device's Home screen. Make sure you're on the default Listen Now tab.
  2. Find, then tap on the radio station under Recently Played.
  3. If you can't find it, tap See All
  4. Tap to play to station you want.

    To find Apple Music radio stations you've listened to recently, tap on the Music app, go to Listen Now tab. Find, then tap on the radio station you want under Recently Played. If you can't find it, tap See All, then tap Play next to the one you want.Source: iMore

On your Mac

  1. Under Applications, click on the Music app.
  2. Select Listen Now on the left side of the app.
  3. Click on the radio station under Recently Played.
  4. If you can't find it, tap See All
  5. Click to play.

    To find Apple Music radio stations you've listened to recently on Mac, click on the Music app, select Listen Now on the left side of the app. Click on the radio station you want. Click See all if you don't see. Play the station you want by clicking Play.Source: iMore

How to find recently played songs on Apple Music radio stations

Unlike a playlist, you can't replay songs in an Apple Music radio station or go back to a previous track. That said, Apple Music does keep track of the songs you've listened to via its Up Next queue so that you can find them again.

Can I delete or hide stations I don't like?

Interestingly, there is no way to delete or hide radio stations in Apple Music -- including ones you created. Your only option is to let them fade into the background of the Recently Played menu.

Any questions?

Are you still having trouble with Apple Music radio stations? Let us know in the comments, and we'll try to troubleshoot.

Updated September 2020: Includes Apple Music 1 information.

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