itunes Radio stations and Apple Music

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by HenryAZ, Jul 6, 2015.

  1. HenryAZ macrumors 6502

    HenryAZ

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    I use iTunes Radio (used to, anyway), and subscribed to iTunes Match specifically to get the radio stations ad free. I don't use any other Match features.

    Now it seems Apple Music has taken over my radio stations. All of the ones I had created before are still there, under "Recently Played". However, I can no longer edit them or view the artists I have selected (and deselected) for these stations. The only option left is to use the star to say "Play more like this" or "Never play this song". Before, I could add specific artists, and also block specific artists from a station.

    Is this the future of radio under Apple Music? If so, I don't want it. I sincerely hope I am just missing some way to do what I used to do with radio stations on iTunes Radio. Has anyone else dealt with this dilemma?
     
  2. WJKramer macrumors 6502

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    The future is here! And I actually love it....the reason you can't customize genre stations is because a human is programing them now. And after a week I can tell the difference. Even the artist stations algorithms have been improved it seems like. I am happy.
     
  3. HenryAZ thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well, a human was programming them before, also. Me.
     
  4. ma5ter5 macrumors member

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    A few more clarifying questions:
    1. Do I need to remain subscribed to Match to receive iTunes radio ad-free?
    2. In iTunes, I can still tag songs as "Play more like this" or "Never play this song", but can't go into each station and tweak them like i used to? And I have none of these options on my iPhone?
    3. How do I go between allowing or excluding explicit tracks?

    Thanks,

    Steve
     
  5. HenryAZ thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I am guessing here, but I will know for sure when my iTunes Match expires later this month, and my Apple Music free trial expires in two months (both have auto-renew disabled). I suspect that iTunes Radio has been subsumed by Apple Music. If you subscribe to iTunes Match and not to Apple Music, I suspect you will no longer have any radio stations. I have not seen any clear answer to this part from Apple yet. I'm not sure they even know how it will shake out, as it seems to be a work in progress.

    Even if that is incorrect, and you can still get radio stations via iTunes Match, it appears the new iTunes interface has severely restricted how you can configure them.
     
  6. Rantipole, Aug 18, 2015
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    Rantipole macrumors 6502

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    I recently added a station to the Apple music radio app. I almost immediately was driven nuts by the narrow selection of artists and repetitive song selection.

    I remembered that there was a "tune this station" option within radio stations. You could pick adjust the “Tune this station” slider to Hits, Variety, or Discovery. But I can't find this anywhere.

    Is this gone now?

    EDIT: Grrr… I searched all over another forum, but after I posted, I see this has been brought up in this forum, which I didn't even know existed! Sorry for the e-clutter. Mods have wisely merged this post into this thread.
     

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