Radio in 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 cars 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.
|Ticklah||A dub radio station, playing primarily reggae-inspired beats. Named after reggae/dub artist TickLAH.|
|Deadmau5||A station playing electronic and club tunes. Named after the DJ Deadmau5.|
|Alchemist||A station playing hip-hop and other such music. Named after a producer of hip-hop records.|
|Truth & Soul||A jazz and funk station. Named after Truth and Soul, a record label.|
|Prairie Cartel||A station playing mostly rock and indie music. Named after the band The Prairie Cartel.|
PSP and iPhone/iPad Touch versions
The PSP and iPhone/iPad Touch versions retain the music and style from the DS version but includes additional stations, including:
|Anvil||A station only playing songs by the Metal band Anvil.|
|DFA||A dance-punk station featuring songs produced by DFA Records.|
|DJ Khalil||Hip-hop radio station playing songs made by DJ Khalil.|
|Sinowav FM||Chinese-oriented station playing traditional Chinese instrumentals.|
|Tortoise||"Post-rock" radio station that only plays songs by the band Tortoise.|
|Turntables on the Hudson||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.