The next time you’re listening to iTunes Radio and you find yourself wondering which wonderful decade a particular song came from, wonder no more, because iTunes Radio can tell you when a song was released.
You can even see the date of a songs release with songs listed in iTunes Radio history, here’s all you need to do from the Music app on your iPhone or iPad:
- With the song playing in iTunes Radio, tap the (i) button at the top of the Music app
- Locate the songs release date at the bottom
Sometimes two dates are displayed, like in the example screenshot here, which is the original release date of the song, plus the date of the re-release.
This is generally quite accurate, though if you’re getting information about a song that is from a Best Of list or Greatest Hits album, you’ll find the release date is sometimes listed as when that album was released rather than the original song, that’s really the only potential catch.
While you’re in that settings panel you can also tune the iTunes Radio station to play hits or discovery, and to include explicit lyrics or not, that latter tip is quite helpful because excluding explicit lyrics often impacts what versions of songs are played, with the explicit toggle on you’ll be more likely to find album versions of a song playing versus a clean radio version – sometimes a single word or lyric can make that difference.
This is helpful for obvious reasons, but it’s also useful to settle the debate about what year was the greatest ever for music, or just knowing when a song was actually put out.