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Itunes Radio "My Stations" won't play

16942 Views 24 Replies Latest reply: Mar 23, 2014 12:06 PM by irie1 RSS
  • CorinafromSBCUSD Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Sep 26, 2013 1:15 PM (in response to jmhardy)

    I think the issue has less to do with how many artists/songs in your "more like this" category and more to do with how many songs in your genre are available. I created two stations, one for J-pop and one for '80s music. The '80s station plays whenever I want, no problems. I've added a bunch of artists and songs to the "more like this" section, and still no problem. The J-pop station is the opposite. I can play it for about 90 minutes or so if I don't add a single artist or song to the "more like this" category. If I add anything to that category, it cuts off sooner. I tried totally deleting and re-creating the J-pop station, and I noticed iTunes played the exact same songs in almost the exact same order. I think that means iTunes doesn't have enough songs available in that category to keep the station going. The more I narrow the possible playlist, the fewer songs available to play.


    That's just my theory anyway. And, I think it's why some stations play fine and others don't. It probably depends on the iTunes music library in that category. I also noticed that just because an artist is available for purchase in that category does not mean it's available to play in iTunes Radio.

  • Baze Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
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    Sep 26, 2013 1:08 PM (in response to CorinafromSBCUSD)

    I have no idea what J-pop is but this doesn't seem to be the case in my experience thus far.  I created a very eclectic list of world music artists in what is likely a smaller category than any pop genre and it simply would not play at all.  Once I deleted the 16th "seed" artist, it plays.  Add it back in, it fails with no warning and no error.


    Seems like an obvious and reproducible bug.


    Additionally, the station has played the same track by the same artist 3 times in 2 hours of listening.  Inexcusable.  I have also heard one ad (Apple iTunes Festival) at least 5 times. 

  • FE Jake Calculating status...
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    Sep 28, 2013 6:48 PM (in response to jmhardy)

    There appears to be a 15 artist limit.  Any time I go over the station eventually stops playing.  Once it does, I have to reduce the number of artists to 15 for the play button to work.

  • Derick Fay Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Sep 28, 2013 8:59 PM (in response to FE Jake)

    Yep.  Same thing for me - I had eighteen artists and my station wouldn't play (with no error message or other indication why).  When I dropped it to 15, it started working again.

  • jfgribbin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 30, 2013 9:53 AM (in response to jmhardy)

    My station dies after the first song and won't start playing and had to be deleted.  This will make it hard to use iTunes Radio as my main music source. 

  • ohioflowers Calculating status...
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    Oct 23, 2013 2:03 PM (in response to jmhardy)

    Wish I had read all this before I tried to use it.  Worked well as I created a few stations with several artists.  So I went to town and added 30 or 40 to each.  Ugh - what a waste of time.  Squeezebox, Pandora and a few Internet radio stations it is for me then.  Not likely to buy any tracks from iTunes that way, however.


    Probably designed by the same group that did the Affordable Care Act website :<}

  • Douthit Calculating status...
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    Jan 16, 2014 3:02 AM (in response to ohioflowers)

    Same problem here.  Deleted artists down to 15 and the station plays.  probably going back to Pandora for another year till Apple has the bugs worked out of this product.

  • W. Robert Newberry Calculating status...
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    Jan 27, 2014 11:30 AM (in response to jmhardy)

    I have a station that won't play, and it has only one, well-known, artist set as the seed AND the station is set to "Discovery" (so I ought to be getting pleanty of music choices).


    I agree; Apple rushed to release a half-ready version (in fact all of 10.9 seems to be half ready). Going back to Pandora.

  • CorinafromSBCUSD Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jan 29, 2014 11:51 AM (in response to W. Robert Newberry)

    I fixed my J-pop station by deleting the old one and creating a new one not based on the genre, but using a seed artist from that genre. As songs played that fit, I added them and such. After some fine tuning, I get a decent selection mostly in my genre.

  • irie1 Calculating status...
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    Mar 23, 2014 12:06 PM (in response to jmhardy)

    This glitch is a deal killer for me as I am shopping around for ad free and highly customizable internet radio. Bummer.

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