Streaming Web Radio in iTunes 11

Create playlists of your favorite radio stations

Internet Radio on iTunes 11
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Streaming Radio Stations in iTunes 11

When you think of digital music via Apple's iTunes software you probably think of the iTunes Store. In fact, you may have already purchased music this way for a long time now. If you still use iTunes 11 then you may have also used iTunes for other things such as creating playlists, ripping CDs, and syncing with your iPhone, iPad or iPod.

But, what about streaming music?

How do you use it for listening to Internet Radio?

iTunes 11 provides access to a huge pool of Internet radio stations (not to be confused with Apple Music) that you can listen to for free. With thousands of streaming music channels on tap, there's enough choice to cater for practically any taste.

This tutorial will show you how to set up a playlist that you can add your favorite radio stations to so you don't have to waste time searching through thousands of stations for the music you want.

What You Need:

  • Apple iTunes Software 7 - 11
  • Internet connection

Creating a Playlist for Your Radio Stations

In order to create a list of your favorite radio stations, you first need to create a blank playlist in iTunes. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Click File > New Playlist and type in a name for it and hit Enter. To do this via the keyboard shortcut, hold down the CTRL key (Command for Mac) and press N.
  1. Once you have created your playlist you'll see it in the left window pane (in the Playlists section).

Keep in mind that instead of adding music tracks to the new playlist, we will be adding radio station links which of course cannot be synced to your iOS device.

Adding Radio Stations

To start adding radio stations to your blank playlist:

  1. Click on the Radio menu item in the left pane (underneath Library).
  2. A list of categories will be displayed with a triangle next to each one; clicking on one will display the contents of that category.
  3. Click on a triangle next to a genre of your choice to see what radio stations are available.
  4. Double-click a radio station to begin listening to it.
  5. If you like a radio station and want to bookmark it, simply drag and drop it to your playlist.
  6. Repeat step 5 to add as many stations as you want to your radio playlist.

Checking and Using Your Radio Station Playlist

In the last part of this tutorial, you are going to verify that your playlist is working and has all the radio stations you need.

  1. Click on your newly created playlist in the left pane of your screen (underneath Playlists).
  2. You should now see a list of all the Internet radio stations you dragged and dropped into it.
  3. To start using your custom playlist, click on the play button at the top of the screen. This should start the first radio station in the list streaming music.

Now that you've got an Internet radio playlist in iTunes you'll be able to have an almost infinite supply of free music -- 24/7!

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