Apple Music 'Created' Radio Stations

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by Enoch_Root, Mar 19, 2018.

  1. Enoch_Root macrumors newbie


    Aug 31, 2015
    I'm curious as to how well-curated / fine-tuned the algorithms that Apple employs are in determining the artists and songs that will get played when you create a station from a particular band.

    For example, I just created a station off the band Squeeze. After the obligatory initial track of 'Tempted', it started in with 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' from Elton John. The *only* thing those two artists have in common is that they're both British. Also, Van Morrison's 'Into the Mystic'. (Huh?!) It got Elvis Costello right, but then it proceeded to play Bruce Springsteen's 'Thunder Road'. Don't get me wrong: I like Bruce Springsteen, but not necessarily when I'm listening to a 'Squeeze' radio station.

    Spotify beats them senseless with this stuff (default playlist off a band's station), as does Pandora.

    Anybody have any insight as to why this is? How can I fix it? I don't want to 'dislike' Bruce Springsteen. I just don't want to hear the Boss when I'm slipping into the groovy, post punk era that was fore-fronted by Squeeze. I've no problem listening to bands on this station that cite Squeeze as an influence, but when they're pairing Bruce, Elton John, Van Morrison? That's just lazy. Embarrassingly so.

    * I used Squeeze as an example because I just created the station. But the same holds true for any artist's station I create. It'd appear that minimal-to-zero consideration was given to the notion that genre-specific music critics be given a say as to how these algorithms spit out bands to match these artists.
  2. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    If any of the service algorithms are working for you then you’re lucky.
  3. Enoch_Root thread starter macrumors newbie


    Aug 31, 2015
    My experience with Pandora has been pretty good. At least as far as matching artists to the original artist you've spun a station from. I've only heard good things about Spotify, as well. It just appears Apple treats their radio portion to Apple Music as an afterthought.
  4. AidenL macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2013
    I too find Spotify much better at this.

    I have CarPlay, and want to love the HomePod, thus drawing me back to AM , but Spotify just works better.
  5. MistrSynistr macrumors 65816

    May 15, 2014
    The worst part is they will loop the same songs over and can make a radio station for Busta Rhymes and for DMX and run into about 80% of the SAME songs being played for both. It's ridiculous. There's so much music out there that should never happen.

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