TuneIn

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TuneIn
Private
Industry Software
Predecessor RadioTime
Founded January 2002; 15 years ago (2002-01) (as RadioTime)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Founder Bill Moore
Headquarters San Francisco, California
Area served
Global
Key people
John Donham (CEO)
Services Internet radio
Number of employees
100 (2013)
Website tunein.com

TuneIn is a privately held company based in San Francisco, California, founded by Bill Moore in 2002 as RadioTime in Dallas, Texas. TuneIn has more than 100,000 broadcast radio stations and four million on-demand programs and podcasts from around the world.[1] In May 2014, TuneIn announced that its service had over 50 million monthly active users.[2] TuneIn is available for the web at TuneIn.com, for a suite of mobile apps: iOS,[3][4] Android, BlackBerry,[5][6] Samsung, Windows Phone, and on over 200 connected devices. TuneIn raised over $47 million in venture funding from Institutional Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures, General Catalyst Partners, and Icon Ventures.[7]

Function[edit]

The Windows 8 TuneIn Radio app

TuneIn's website and free mobile apps offer users the ability to listen to streaming audio of over 100,000 radio networks and radio stations worldwide,[8] including AM, FM, HD, LP, digital and internet stations. Additionally, over four million podcasts are available for streaming on TuneIn. TuneIn's directory carries a very comprehensive list of sports, news, talk, and music from around the world.

TuneIn Radio is available as an app on all smartphones and tablets, online at tunein.com and on over 200 platforms, including over 55 vehicle models.[9] Other platforms supported include Sonos, Amazon Echo, HEOS by Denon, Logitech, Samsung TV, Roku, Google TV, Chromecast, Nexus Player, Ouya[10] PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4.[11]

TuneIn's website is currently available in 22 different languages. Each language has its own version of the website, with content tailored for the specific language or region.

In August 2015, TuneIn launched a premium service, which includes audiobooks and sports content from MLB, NFL, Premier League, and Bundesliga.[12]

Content[edit]

Broadcasters[edit]

TuneIn has partnered with numerous broadcasters to offer sports, news, talk and music to its listeners. Some examples include partnerships with CBS,[13] ESPN Radio,[14] NPR,[15] Public Radio International (PRI), CBC / Radio-Canada, C-SPAN Radio, Emmis Communications,[16] Hearst Radio, mvyradio, Wu-Tang Radio (Wu World Radio),[17] ABC Radio and Regional Content (Australia), Bonneville International,[18] Sport Your Argument and talkSPORT.[19]

Sports[edit]

In August 2015, TuneIn announced partnerships with MLB and Premier League and the Bundesliga for live play-by-play coverage.[20] In October 2015, NFL announced a partnership with TuneIn to broadcast live, play-by-play coverage of all NFL games to its premium subscribers.[21]

On December 22, 2015, the National Hockey League (NHL) announced that TuneIn would gain radio rights to the NHL. TuneIn would create an individual station for every NHL team to simulcast their home market broadcasts on. Additionally, TuneIn would create a replay channel for each team so fans could listen to the games archived. They would also create a 24/7 NHL Channel, and the NHL would imbed TuneIn's player onto the NHL.com website. All TuneIn NHL items would be made available to the entire public for free. The first broadcasts for TuneIn began New Years Day, 2016.[22]

Technology[edit]

Software: TuneIn Radio is available as a free app on smartphones and tablets, including iOS, Android, Windows, and Blackberry. There is a one-time pay version, “TuneIn Radio Pro” (USD $9.99), which allows subscribers to record anything heard through the TuneIn service to play back at any time. Recordings made by TuneIn Radio Pro are stored on the device: they cannot play on other devices.

Consumer Electronics: TuneIn is available on numerous Smart Radios (Sonos, Amazon Echo, HEOS by Denon,[23] Logitech, iHome), Smart TVs (Panasonic, Samsung TV, Google TV) and TV boxes (Roku, Boxee).

Game Consoles: TuneIn Radio is available on Xbox, PlayStation and on Ouya.

Auto Manufacturers: As of 2016 TuneIn is available on over 55 vehicle models. TuneIn Inc has partnered with auto manufacturers, such as Ford,[24] General Motors,[25] Tesla, BMW[26] and MINI.[27] After-market auto stereo devices made by JVC,[28] Parrot[29] and Clarion[30] also work with TuneIn.

Audiobooks: In August 2015 TuneIn launched content deals with book publishers including Penguin Random House and HarperCollins to provide an audiobook library.[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McCracken, Harry. "TuneIn’s Revamp Makes Streaming Audio More Social". TIME, 2014.
  2. ^ Hayes, Tyler. "How TuneIn Radio Plans To Turn 50 Million Passive Users Into Engaged Followers." Fast Company, 2014.
  3. ^ Tune In Radio on iTunes Preview
  4. ^ Tune In Radio PRO on iTunes Preview
  5. ^ Tune In Radio at the BlackBerry World
  6. ^ Tune In Radio PRO at the BlackBerry World
  7. ^ Strauss, Karsten. "TuneIn Snags $25 Million In Funding, Looks To Grow". Forbes, 2013.
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ Lardinois, Frederic. "Online Radio Service TuneIn Comes To Tesla’s Model S, Now Available On 200 Platforms". TechCrunch, 2012.
  10. ^ Koetsier, John. "Oh, yeah, Ouya gets (even more) media: XBMC and TuneIn". VentureBeat, 2012.,
  11. ^ Roy Martin. Sony deal agreed for TuneIn streaming app, radiotoday.ie, 2013.
  12. ^ Roettgers, Janko."TuneIn Introduces Paid Tier With MLB Matches, Audio Books to Take On Satellite Radio". Variety, 2015.
  13. ^ Associated Press. "TuneIn adds 40 CBS Radio stations' programs". Yahoo! Finance, 2012.
  14. ^ Schmitt, Michael. "TuneIn partners with ESPN Audio in time for live streaming coverage of college football Bowl games". RAIN, 2012.
  15. ^ Andrews, Robert. "Interview: TuneIn CEO plans radio ad pre-rolls, personalization". paidContent, 2012.
  16. ^ Maloney, Paul. "TuneIn adds Entercom, Cox, Emmis stations to tuning service". RAIN, 2012.
  17. ^ Radio Online. "TuneIn Forms Alliances With Over 20 Broadcasters". Radio Online, 2012.
  18. ^ Marcucci, Carl. "TuneIn signs Bonneville". RBR.com, 2012.
  19. ^ Andrews, Robert. "Interview: TuneIn CEO plans radio ad pre-rolls, personalization". paidContent, 2012.
  20. ^ Nazarian, Robert. "LISTEN TO NFL GAMES, MLB, SOCCER, AUDIOBOOKS, AND AD-FREE MUSIC WITH TUNEIN PREMIUM". DigitalTrends, 2015.
  21. ^ Perez, Sarah. "NFL Games, Including The Super Bowl, Come To TuneIn". TechCrunch, 2015.
  22. ^ "TuneIn Partners with National Hockey League® to Bring Content to TuneIn for Free" (Press release). PR Newswire. 2015-12-22. Retrieved 2015-12-22. 
  23. ^ HEOS by Denon app for music streaming
  24. ^ Cesa, Dante. "TuneIn Radio comes to Ford SYNC AppLink, brings 50,000 radio stations with it." Engadget, 2012.
  25. ^ Burden, Melissa. "GM pairing its MyLink Radio with TuneIn app on Spark, Sonic RS." Detroit News, 2012.
  26. ^ Stoklosa, Alexander. "TuneIn Offers Streaming Online Radio (Including World Radio) in Vehicles, Serving Up Alternative to Pandora or SiriusXM." Car and Driver, 2011.
  27. ^ Kim, Ryan. "TuneIn Radio takes its streaming act on the road." GigaOM, 2012.
  28. ^ Goodwin, Antuan. "2012 JVC receivers feature App Link for iPhone." CNET, 2012.
  29. ^ Chandrasekaran, Pradeep. "Parrot ASTEROID Updated with Added Support for Steering Wheel and more." Ubergizmo, 2012.
  30. ^ Lutz, Zachary. "Clarion Next Gate brings iPhone apps (and distractions) to your windshield." Engadget, 2012.
  31. ^ Dillet, Romain. "TuneIn Launches TuneIn Premium With Ad-Free Radio, Audiobooks, MLB Games". TechCrunch, 2015.

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