What is Apple Music Radio?

Mathew Ekundayo - BLOG

iTunes Radio was merged into Beats Music to create Apple Music. We are more familiar with the streaming portion of Apple Music, but the radio side still exists and is a versatile way to discover new music.

Apple Music Radio is divided into two separate sections:

  • Apple Music 1, which is a 24/7 radio station much like any traditional FM station. This radio station is further split into three stations:
    • Apple Music 1: the flagship station of Apple Music 1 radio. This airs a mix of the latest songs from popular music genres like pop and rap.
    • Apple Music Hits: this station airs hits from the previous three decades. Sure to cross appeal for Gen-Xers and Millennials alike.
    • Apple Music Country: Apple Music Radio’s country station airs modern and classic country hits.
  • Apple Music Radio: unlike Apple Music 1, Apple Music Radio stations are not curated by DJs and can represent a broad swatch of genres. These stations are classified into two categories:
    • Semi-automated stations that are pre-created and organized by genre. So if you tuned into an ’80s metal station you’d expect to hear all the bangers from Maiden, Priest, Ozzy, etc.
    • Custom stations are created by users. Now, these stations aren’t completely customizable track-by-track. Instead, Apple Music’s algorithm creates a station for you based on your taste and the song you’re currently listening to.

To create a custom station on Apple Music:

  1. Start listening to a song you enjoy.
  2. Click the ellipses (the three dots) button to the right of the song.
  3. Select Create Station from the menu.



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