Back in the day iTunes used to give me access to tons of online radio stations and radio streams from around the world. Is that still in the latest version of iTunes?
Before the rise of services like Spotify, Pandora and GrooveShark, people relied on DJs, on human beings to come up with playlists and program content, whether it was talk radio, commercial broadcast from around the world or simply a local radio station that you couldn’t otherwise get clearly in the basement. And then there were the thousands of pirate and legit “streaming” radio stations that weren’t broadcast over the air anywhere, but existed purely on the Internet.
Turns out that they’re all still there, online, and doing just fine. And you can indeed get to them through iTunes if you know where to click. Imagine, thousands of radio stations from around the world in your favorite language, playing your favorite genre of music. All for free. Brilliant, really!
To start, here’s a typical iTunes window, this in iTunes 12.0.1:
You need to look more closely at the set of icons on the top let.
In fact, let’s do that:
See the one that looks like a radio tower? That’s the Internet Radio button.
Click on it and you’ll see the list of genres:
Notice since I was already listening to classical, it’s already loaded the 339 different streams available. That’s a lot of choice!
Click on any of the genres to learn more about the stations and streams available. I’ll click on “Classical”:
Imagine, a radio station focused on a specific type of classical music. Yup, one benefit of Internet radio is that there are some remarkably narrow station choices for you to pick if you have a favorite composer, band, sub-genre, era or similar.
I’ll click on one of the other classical options…
Look closely at the now playing window on the top and you’ll see that “ABetterRadio.com Classical” is now playing Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream 1. Overture. Yes, most of the streaming channels send information about each track playing so that iTunes can keep you informed about what you’re listening to. Take that regular radio stations! 🙂
That’s how you get to Internet streaming radio in iTunes. Now see if you can find a station that’s just the right mix for your listening pleasure!