Apple Music Radio Without Subscription

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by CamiMR, Oct 5, 2015.

  1. CamiMR macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2012
    Haven't seen anything mentioned about this, but apologies if it has been answered elsewhere...
    The 3 month free trial has ended and even though I do like Apple Music, I don't listen to it enough to justify the price.
    It was my understanding that without a subscription, I'd be able to listen to Beats 1 (which does work), but also any of the other radio stations, albeit with ads and limited skips.
    At the moment, only Beats is working, nothing else.
    Is this expected behaviour, or is something not working properly with my setup?
  2. atrevers macrumors regular


    May 24, 2007
    I was wondering about this - I pay for iTunes Match (or whatever it's called now) and I thought that you used to get Radio included, but it's not giving me access either. I'm in the UK so we didn't have Radio at all until Apple Music started.
  3. CamiMR thread starter macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2012
    I'm also in the UK and an iTunes Match subscriber (now called iCloud Music Library?). Upon further investigating, I think it's US only, as usual...

    "Listen ad-free and skip as many songs as you want
    You don't need an Apple Music membership to listen to Apple Music Radio. But, if you have an Apple Music membership, you can listen to on-demand music stations with no advertising on one device at a time. And you can skip as many songs as you like.
    If you don't have an Apple Music membership, you can skip up to six tracks per hour per music station. After you reach your skip limit, the Skip Forward control is dimmed for 60 minutes. When you skip a song, you can see the number of remaining skips next to the Skip Forward button.*"
  4. CamiMR thread starter macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2012
    Small print...

    "Apple Music Radio features vary by country."

    Apart from the US, all other countries have a "1" in front of Apple Music Radio.

    "1 In this country, an Apple Music membership is required to listen to Apple Music Radio"
  5. CamiMR thread starter macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2012
    So it does seem that, like iTunes Radio before Apple Music, it's for US customers only!
    Oh well, Spotify Free will have to do...
  6. snowmoon macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2005
    Albany, NY
    FYI, google music radio is actually quite good, only plays ads pre-roll, and the iOS app plays well with AirPlay devices. You can load your own library, but it's not needed to access the radio stations.
  7. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    Spot the difference, USA at the bottom...

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  8. LordQ Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
  9. Frankied22 macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2010
    US here and I subscribe to Match. I can listen to the radio without ads.
  10. colodane macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2012
    I'm in the USA and have been a satisfied user of iTunes radio since it first was launched.

    So I've never had an inclination to try Apple Music. Updated my iPad to iOS 9 last week, and my iTunes Radio stations still work just fine, so I am happy. Beats 1 also works, but 5 minutes of listening convinced me that I'm not at all interested in it. ;>)

    Only thing I've not actually tried is creating a new iTunes Radio station, but based on what I have read this should be possible.

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