create Apple Music radio station

Beats 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.

How are these radio stations different from Beats 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 off of your favorite artists or songs.

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

Unlike Beats 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.

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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.

    select radio channel

On your Mac

Note: In macOS Catalina, the iTunes has been replaced by the Music app.

  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.

    Mac radio

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.

    create radio station

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.

    Mac create station

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.

    love song

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.
  2. Select the For You tab.
  3. Find, then tap on the radio station under Recently Played.
  4. If you can't find it, tap See All
  5. Tap to play.

find radio station

On your Mac

  1. Under Applications, click on the Music app.
  2. Select For You 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. Tap to play.

Mac find radio station

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 August 2019: Includes content for iOS 13 and macOS Catalina (currently in beta).

Serenity Caldwell contributed to an earlier version of this guide.

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