iPod nano (6th generation): How to use FM radio

iPod nano (6th generation) has a built-in FM radio that displays station and song information, lets you pause live radio, and lets you tag songs that you can preview and purchase in iTunes. iPod nano uses the earphone or headphone cord as an antenna, so you must connect the earphone or headphone cord to the iPod to receive a radio signal.

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Listening to FM radio

  1. Connect earphone or headphone to the iPod, and then tap Radio on the Home screen.
  2. Tap the Now Playing screen to see the radio controls.
    Radio controls
  3. Swipe left (not over the radio dial) to see the live pause controls.
    Live pause controls

When you tune to a station that supports RDS (Radio Data System), the song, artist, and station information appear in the display.

You can listen to radio while you browse music and other content on iPod nano. If you don’t touch the screen for a few seconds, the screen changes to show the station number for the currently playing station.

Radio Menu

Tap the radio controls screen to show the Radio menu. Here’s where you’ll find these useful items:

  • Local Stations
  • Favorites
  • Tagged Songs
  • Recent Songs

Tap the Radio icon to see the currently playing station. Swipe left to see the Live Pause controls. Here’s what you can do with Radio controls:

Seek FM stations When the radio dial is visible, tap arrow pointing left or arrow pointing right to go to the next or previous tunable station. If you saved any stations as favorites, this cycles through those stations
Scan FM stations When the radio dial is visible, touch and hold arrow pointing left or arrow pointing right until the screen shows "scanning." Tap rectangle to stop scanning, then tap play button to listen.
Save an FM station as a favorite With the radio dial visible, tap star.
Pause and resume live radio Tap Now Playing on Radio, swipe left across the top of the screen, and then tap pause. Tap play to resume playing. Changing the radio station clears paused radio.
Switch between the radio dial and the Live Pause screen Swipe left across the middle of the screen. Swiping across the bottom tunes to another station.
Tag a song on the radio Tap now playing button on the Radio Now Plaing screen. Tagging is only available for radio stations that support iTunes Tagging. Sync with iTunes to preview and purchase tagged songs.


Tuning the FM radio

You can tune the FM radio by browsing stations, seeking or scanning available stations, or saving your favorite stations and tuning to them directly. Before you start, use iPod nano (6th generation) to find local stations.

To find local stations:

  1. From the Home screen, tap Radio.
  2. Tap the "i" icon.
  3. Tap Local Stations. iPod nano (6th generation) scans the available frequencies and fills the list with local stations.
  4. Tap a station to listen, or tap Refresh to scan again.
    Local stations
  5. When you’re finished, tap the radio tower button to go back to the radio dial.

To find a radio station

  1. From the Home screen, tap Radio, and then swipe left to show the radio dial.
    Radio dial
  2. Do any of the following:
    • To browse manually, drag your finger along the radio dial.
    • To seek stations, tap the left arrow or right arrow. If you set any favorite stations, the left arrow and right arrow recognize just your favorites, not all available stations.
    • To scan available stations, tap and hold the left arrow or right arrow until Scanning appears in the status bar. You hear a five-second preview of each station before advancing to the next one.
    • To stop scanning, tap the Pause icon.

To save a station to Favorites

Tune to a station you want to save, and then tap the Star icon next to the radio dial. Yellow triangles on the radio dial indicate favorite stations.

To remove stations from Favorites:

  1. Tapthe "i" icon on any radio screen to show the Radio menu.
  2. Tap Favorites.
  3. Swipe down to show the Edit button, and then tap it.
  4. Tap the Delete button next to stations that you want to remove.
  5. When you’re finished, tap Done.

You can also tap the Star icon on the radio dial to remove the current station from Favorites.

Star icon

Learn more

Learn how to pause live radio and tag songs to sync to iTunes.

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