Streaming Real Radio Stations In iTunes

iTunes has always had the ability to stream real live radio stations, but this feature is hard to find in the latest versions of iTunes. Once you enable it, you can browse through a huge list of radio stations from around the world. You can also save stations to the iTunes sidebar. Even if a station isn't listed, you can often find the streaming address on their website and use that in iTunes too.

Comments: 14 Responses to “Streaming Real Radio Stations In iTunes”

    Russ Tolman
    9 months ago

    Do need to have Apple Music for the Radio Station option to appear?

    9 months ago

    Russ: No. Try it.

    Kurt Papke
    9 months ago

    I don’t believe this option is available for the iPhone, it is iTunes only. There’s like 5 stations available on the iPhone Music App if I have it right: Beats, NPR, CBS and ESPN and Bloomberg. Correct?

    9 months ago

    Kurt: Yes, what I am showing is for iTunes on a Mac. For the iPhone, those things you mention are streaming Apple Music stations. Very different. I’m talking about actual real radio stations here. On the iPhone you can usually stream them with the station’s app, or an app that streams multiple stations. Usually the station’s website will tell you which apps it is on. Or, many stations just let you stream right from their site.

    Bill Sinclair
    9 months ago

    Hi Gary, good, useful post as usual. Started listening to live radio on MacBook Pro eight years ago — would switch back and forth between BBC Radio 3, (classical music and some talk) Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Radio — Non-stop performances by the Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra all day long (a lot of Mahler). However, since Mojave BBC Radio 3 is no longer available. So, with Apple Music I now mostly listen to playlists all day long. Any idea why they dropped BBC Radio 3?

    9 months ago

    Bill: I don’t know, but it seems you can listen on their website.

    Russ Tolman
    9 months ago

    Can any one verify that you need to have Apple Music subscription for this to work. I have repeatedly tried to list sent to radio and it asks me every time to sign up for the free three month and then be charged after that. I not able to do this without signing up.

    9 months ago

    Russ: This is not part of Apple Music. I am doing this on an account that isn’t using Apple Music. Just make sure you are going to the right place. I show you in the video.

    Russ Tolman
    9 months ago

    How can I send you a screen you screen shot. I must have something set wrong in iTunes.

    Russ Tolman
    9 months ago

    found out that I had internet Radio disabled in Restrictions in iTunes Preferences.

    9 months ago

    Russ: Interesting.

    Brian 81
    9 months ago

    A million thank yous. I wrongly assumed Apple had taken that function away from me in order to sell me the same service. Fantabulous info.

    Lorenz Rychner
    9 months ago

    Nice to see you using our Denver station as a demo – also found our KUVO Jazz station. Wanted to play ABC Jazz (Australian Broadcast Commission) and got a stentorial voice saying it is “not available in your country”. Didn’t know there were such boundaries – did anyone build a wall?

    9 months ago

    Lorenz: Could be licensing issues, or maybe it is like BBC TV where since it is government funded they only want to broadcast inside the country.

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