1. rdrum's Avatar
    I've been playing around with iTunes radio and it's helped me to ditch the Pandora and Slacker apps (I haven't gotten rid of Spotify yet, though).

    So far, I'm happy with the the programmed stations, as well as the artists that pop up on a particular artist station (e.g. Triumph, Pink Floyd, etc. show up on my Rush radio station).

    I really only have one complaint about iTunes radio so far: I pay for iTunes Match and I am still limited in the number of skips. If I pay the premium on other services, I do not have a skip limit. Granted, I'm avoiding advertising by being a paid Match user, but I don't understand why Apple can't let me skip as much as I want to.

    What features do you like or dislike about the new iTunes radio?
    09-19-2013 09:24 AM
  2. kch50428's Avatar
    I believe one is allowed 6 skips per hour... I've never needed that many...
    09-19-2013 09:27 AM
  3. MrMars's Avatar
    The Max volume is lame it's too soft... No volume restrictions on my phone either.
    09-19-2013 09:31 AM
  4. opeycunningham's Avatar
    If you're skipping more than 6 per hour maybe you really want a different channel?
    09-19-2013 09:33 AM
  5. rdrum's Avatar
    Agreed. However, if I'm listening to a mix of the 70's music I grew up on, I might not want to hear Boston (like, ever again...). Even if a user has a station tuned to play "Hits", that doesn't mean the user is always going to agree with the selections.
    09-19-2013 10:27 AM
  6. opeycunningham's Avatar
    Ok I'm with you there. Still, more than six per hour? Also, doesn't it essentially learn your likes and push songs of similar "musical DNA?" Maybe just your newly-created channels do that...would make send that the "Hits" channels have a fixed playlist I guess.
    09-19-2013 10:31 AM
  7. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I prefer "old Skool" music as well, but the created station I'm listening to this morning is downright jammin'. I'm ready for a party right now....(laughing)
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    09-19-2013 10:34 AM
  8. queenren's Avatar
    I don't like the list of R&B channels. They're all old school which is fine but I want a station of new stuff too (and not on the Hip Hop list!) I hope they come out with more. But I like it so far.
    09-19-2013 10:35 AM
  9. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I don't like the list of R&B channels. They're all old school which is fine but I want a station of new stuff too (and not on the Hip Hop list!) I hope they come out with more. But I like it so far.
    Try adding and creating a station by inputting a song you like and see how it turns out.
    09-19-2013 10:38 AM
  10. Coachbulldog's Avatar
    I've only used iTunes Radio for an hour last evening but so far no complaints. I created my own station and never used a skip.
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    09-19-2013 10:39 AM
  11. queenren's Avatar
    Try adding and creating a station by inputting a song you like and see how it turns out.
    I shall do that. Thanks for the suggestion.
    Just_Me_D likes this.
    09-19-2013 10:39 AM
  12. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I shall do that. Thanks for the suggestion.
    You're very welcome...
    09-19-2013 10:41 AM
  13. rdrum's Avatar
    Ok I'm with you there. Still, more than six per hour? Also, doesn't it essentially learn your likes and push songs of similar "musical DNA?" Maybe just your newly-created channels do that...would make send that the "Hits" channels have a fixed playlist I guess.
    Yeah, I guess I can be pretty picky sometimes about it. I think it is supposed to learn your preferences and adjust accordingly, but I haven't noticed it doing that just yet. But, a new service needs time to get worn in and for bugs to get worked out. In any event, I'm still thinking that Match subscribers shouldn't necessarily have the skip limitation.
    bgl321 likes this.
    09-19-2013 11:00 AM
  14. jburke82's Avatar
    I haven't used iTuned Radio yet, but a question to those who have....can this or does this replace Pandora? Meaning, is the song selection just as good? I would love to drop Pandora and free up some space on my phone!
    09-19-2013 11:14 AM
  15. zee921's Avatar
    I wish a shuffle option was available to comingle multiple channels.
    MrMars likes this.
    09-19-2013 11:15 AM
  16. MrMars's Avatar
    I wish a shuffle option was available to comingle multiple channels.
    Yeah this is a great idea!
    09-19-2013 11:54 AM
  17. Jdhiker's Avatar
    Yes a shuffle feature for all your channels would rock !!
    09-19-2013 12:19 PM
  18. rdrum's Avatar
    I haven't used iTuned Radio yet, but a question to those who have....can this or does this replace Pandora? Meaning, is the song selection just as good? I would love to drop Pandora and free up some space on my phone!
    I mentioned earlier that iTunes Radio has replaced Pandora and Slacker on my iOS devices - the selection seems fine to me, but your mileage may vary.
    Just_Me_D and jburke82 like this.
    09-19-2013 12:28 PM
  19. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I mentioned earlier that iTunes Radio has replaced Pandora and Slacker on my iOS devices - the selection seems fine to me, but your mileage may vary.
    Agreed. I will definitely be removing the others something today. I'm very pleased with the iTunes Radio app, thus far...
    jburke82 likes this.
    09-19-2013 12:33 PM
  20. jburke82's Avatar
    rdrum, I did see you mention that. I was wondering if other people felt the same way....but I will give it a shot when I am not at work and see if this takes place of Pandora for me!

    Thanks rdrum and JustMe'D!!
    09-19-2013 12:38 PM
  21. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    I haven't used iTuned Radio yet, but a question to those who have....can this or does this replace Pandora? Meaning, is the song selection just as good? I would love to drop Pandora and free up some space on my phone!
    Theoretically better than Pandora because iTunes has a 20 million+ song catalog to choose from and last time I checked Pandora had about 1 million.
    09-19-2013 12:39 PM
  22. lbaxter's Avatar
    Not sure if there is another forum on this already (imore forum search didn't show one), but myself and at least one other iOS 7 user can't get iTunes Radio to actually play any songs when selecting a station. It acts like it's playing, but all it does is skips them all. Anyone else have this issue?
    09-19-2013 01:59 PM
  23. thejesusegg's Avatar
    I too would love to see a shuffle all feature added.
    My biggest gripe is that you don't have a choice for lower quality sound over cell like Pandora does. It's a nice feature to have when you're in an area with lower bandwidth/coverage.
    Also I notice if you listen to one station long enough it'll start to repeat songs it played like an hour ago and the rating of songs doesn't always stick.
    Pandora still has a place on my phone since they have so much info on what I like/dislike now. It'll take time to get iTunes Radio to get there.
    Overall though, not a bad alternative.
    09-19-2013 02:09 PM
  24. Fausty82's Avatar
    Not sure if there is another forum on this already (imore forum search didn't show one), but myself and at least one other iOS 7 user can't get iTunes Radio to actually play any songs when selecting a station. It acts like it's playing, but all it does is skips them all. Anyone else have this issue?
    Is this a stock or custom station? There was another post where someone created a custom station with many different artists... by reducing the number of artist to about 10-13, it resolved the issue. Not sure if that’s your issue, but might be a place to start.
    09-19-2013 02:15 PM
  25. rdrum's Avatar
    Not sure if there is another forum on this already (imore forum search didn't show one), but myself and at least one other iOS 7 user can't get iTunes Radio to actually play any songs when selecting a station. It acts like it's playing, but all it does is skips them all. Anyone else have this issue?
    I experienced this a couple of times yesterday and today. A force close and re-start seemed to fix it, but I doubt I really did anything - it's likely that the great Apple music machine is getting bombarded and that they're working to stabilize the system. There's only so much good that automated load testing can do. Until you get software into the production environment, you're taking guesses (however well educated they may be) at what the loads will be like.

    I would expect this kind of issue to occur off and on for the next few weeks until Apple gets it stabilized.
    09-19-2013 02:20 PM
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