Radio in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is substantially stripped down from that found in previous games, due to the size limitations of the Nintendo DS cartridge. There are five radio stations, yet none of these feature any voice tracks, being purely instrumental. Radio stations in vehicles can be changed through buttons on the touch screen. Interestingly, the radio stations from Grand Theft Auto IV are advertised on billboards throughout the city, yet none are accessible to the player. All the stations are named after real artists of bands, most of whom contributed, albeit with instrumental rather than vocal songs.
A dub radio station, playing primarily reggae-inspired beats. Named after reggae/dub artist TickLAH.
A station playing electronic and club tunes. Named after the DJ deadmau5.
A station playing hip-hop and other such music. Named after a producer of hip-hop records.
A jazz and funk station. Named after Truth and Soul, a record label.
A station playing mostly rock and indie music. Named after the band The Prairie Cartel.
PSP/iPhone/iPod Touch Platforms Only
The PSP version retains the music and style from the DS version and included more tracks exclusive for the PSP version. The following radio stations are exclusive to the PSP, and (with update to 1.1.0) to the iPod touch and iPhone versions.
A station only playing songs by the Metal band Anvil.
A dance-punk station featuring songs produced by DFA Records.
Hip-hop radio station playing songs made by DJ Khalil.
Custom radio station. The player must create an iTunes playlist titled "GTA", which will allow the game to randomly play songs within the playlist. Only available on the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Some typical Chinese songs are featured on this station.
"Post-rock" radio station that only plays songs by the band Tortoise.
A Worldbeat music station.
All stations are assigned a rating from zero to five stars, depending on the amount of time the player spends listening to them. These can be views by accessing the radio player in the PDA.