iTunes for Windows: Listen to Internet radio

Listen to Internet radio

You can use iTunes to listen to music streamed over the Internet. iTunes can also play many types of audio files available on the Internet, including spoken programs.

Tune in to Internet stations

  1. Choose Internet Radio from the pop-up menu at the top left.

    If you don’t see Internet Radio, choose Edit Menu, select Internet Radio, then click Done.

  2. To see the available stations, click the triangle next to the type of music you want to listen to.

  3. To tune in, double-click a station.

    If you use a dial-up modem to connect to the Internet, choose a station with a bit rate of less than 48 kilobits per second (kbps) for best results. To see a station’s bit rate, select the station, then choose File > Get Info.

Connect to an Internet broadcast

If you know the exact URL of an Internet broadcast or audio file, iTunes can connect to it directly.

  1. Choose File > Open Stream.

  2. Enter the full URL of the broadcast or file you want to listen to.

    Important: Be sure to include the http:// or https:// prefix when you enter the URL.

For information on file types iTunes can play, see Choose import settings.

Set iTunes as your default Internet radio player (Windows 7 or later)

  1. Choose Start > Default Programs.

  2. Click “Set your default programs.”

  3. In the list on the left, click iTunes.

  4. Click “Set this program as default.”

Even if iTunes isn’t your default audio player, you can play any audio file using iTunes by right-clicking the file and choosing Open With iTunes.

You can’t record or save a song from an Internet broadcast, but you can add your favorite stations to your library or to a playlist so that you can tune in easily.

Published Date: Mar 28, 2017