Best iTunes Radio Replacements for The iPhone

What are your options now iTunes Radio has gone?

Streaming Radio to Your iPhone

Before Apple launched its streaming music service (Apple Music), you may remember a free way to listen to songs called iTunes Radio. This was an ad-supported service which instantly turned your iPhone into a portable FM radio. If you're not familiar with this feature, it basically allowed you to create playlists automatically with the songs you listened to. You could also use Siri to control playback too.

Sadly though this feature was retired by the company in January 2016. This decision was presumably taken because Apple Music has a radio feature built in. And, perhaps if Apple had kept the free iTunes Radio service it could have impacted on subscriber numbers.

But, what if you don't use Apple Music and therefore couldn't justify paying a monthly subscription just to turn your iPhone into a portable radio?

Luckily there are alternatives out there so you don't have to stick with Beats 1. Here are some of the best options that are a good match for Apple's retired iTunes Radio service.

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Spotify Radio

Spotify Radio App
Playing a free radio station on Spotify. Image © Spotify Ltd.

Spotify is perhaps the first service most people think of when wanting an alternative to Apple Music. So it's probably no surprise to see it in this top-list of alternatives to iTunes Radio .

The radio feature in Spotify lets you start a new station by searching for a particular song, artist, or playlist. You can also save stations by following them.

If you haven't already used Spotify then you don't need to pay a subscription to use the radio feature. All you'll need to do is download the free app and sign up for a Spotify Free account which currently doesn't have a time limit.

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Pandora Radio

Pandora Radio App for iPhone
Selection of personslized stations on Pandora Radio. Image © Pandora Media, Inc.

When it comes to personalizing your Internet radio experience then Pandora Radio is almost legendary. It's intelligent algorithms are excellent at serving up relevant new music based on your likes.

If you've used this service before then you'll already know that a new station is initially created from the name of a song, artist or genre you type in. The service then uses its Genome system to suggest similar music it thinks are a great match.

The service is free to use and is a stellar alternative to the now obsolete iTunes Radio.

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Slacker Radio

Slacker Radio App for iPhone
Slacker Radio's professionally curated stations. Image © Slacker, Inc.

Slacker Radio is another mature service that is worth a serious look if personalized Internet radio is your scene.

You might think that this is another service that uses algorithms to guide you on your music discovery journey. But, Slacker Radio is quick to point out that their services is 'powered by humans'.

The free account called Slacker Basic Radio gives you access to hundreds of professionally curated stations. You can also pick from millions of songs to create your own custom ones too.

For offline listening, unlimited song skips, and ad-free listening you'll need to pay a subscription, but the basic level is surprisingly good. Go check it out!