TuneIn

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TuneIn
The Windows 8 TuneIn Radio app
The Windows 8 TuneIn Radio app
Initial release2002; 17 years ago (2002)
Platform
Available in22 languages
Type
LicenseProprietary software
Websitetunein.com

TuneIn In is an American audio streaming service delivering live news, radio, sports, music, and podcasts to over 60 million monthly active users.[19] As of 2019, TuneIn has more than 75 million monthly active users.[20]

TuneIn is operated by company TuneIn Inc which is based in San Francisco, California. The company was founded by Bill Moore in 2002 as RadioTime in Dallas, Texas. Users can listen to radio on the TuneIn website, use a mobile app, smart speaker or another supported device. As of 2016, TuneIn was also available on more than 55 vehicle models.[21] In 2013, the company raised more than $47 million in venture funding from Institutional Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital, GV, General Catalyst Partners, and Icon Ventures.[22]

In 2017, the company raised $50 million and was valued at $500 million.[23]

Function[edit]

As of 2019, TuneIn's website and apps allows users to listen to more than 100,000 radio stations from around the world[20][24] including AM, FM, HD, LP, digital and internet stations, and stream more than four million podcasts. TuneIn's directory lists various sports, news, talk, and music broadcasts from around the world. TuneIn's website is available in 22 languages, each with its own content tailored for the specific language or region. TuneIn also offers 5.7 million on-demand programs.[20]

In August 2015, TuneIn launched a premium service, “TuneIn Radio Pro", that includes audiobooks, sports content from MLB, NFL, NBA, news content from MSNBC, Al Jazeera, and more.[25] Subscribers can record anything played through the TuneIn service,[26] although the recordings cannot be played on other devices.

In March 2018, TuneIn launched another premium live audio subscription called "TuneIn Live," which offers play-by-play calls from thousands of live sporting events, plus access to premium news stations, talks shows and other content. The company launched the subscription-based radio service exclusively for Alexa-enabled speakers and subscribers can prompt Alexa to stream news programs as well as play-by-play broadcasts of MLB, NFL, NBA, and NHL games.[27][28] TuneIn Live marked the first time TuneIn premium content was available over a voice platform.[29]

In October 2018, the company launched a commercial-free news offering through TuneIn Premium, which included new programs from such as CNBC, FOX News Talk, and MSNBC, as well as news podcasts from Progressive Voices, The Economist, and The Wall Street Journal.

Content[edit]

The service has more than 100,000 broadcast radio stations and four million on-demand programs and podcasts from around the world.[30] TuneIn has deals with various broadcasters of sports, news, talk, and music worldwide like ESPN Radio,[31] NPR,[32] Public Radio International (PRI), CBC / Radio-Canada, C-SPAN Radio, All India Radio, AIR FM Gold, Emmis Communications,[33] Hearst Radio, Radio One, mvyradio, Wu-Tang Radio (Wu World Radio),[34] ABC Radio and Regional Content (Australia), Bonneville International,[35] Sport Your Argument, talkSPORT,[32] and Westwood One Podcast Network.[36]

On June 25, 2018, Entercom announced that it would move online streaming of its stations exclusively to its in-house Radio.com platform, with legacy stations removed July 6, and former CBS Radio stations were removed on August 1.[37] In turn, Cumulus Media joined the TuneIn platform on August 9, 2018.[36]

Music[edit]

In May 2018, the company announced it would exclusively stream concerts from several summer music festivals including Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco, the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, RI, the Hangout Fest in Gulf Shores, Alabama, the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware and the Newport Folk Festival.[38][39]

Two months later Cathleen Robertson, better known as DJ Carisma of KRRL, joined TuneIn to head Hip-Hop/R&B curation and artist relations initiatives.[40] During the winter of 2018, the company announced that John Legend and several other top musicians would take over its “Holiday Hits” station during the season.[41]

Sports[edit]

In August 2015, TuneIn announced deals with MLB and Premier League and the Bundesliga for live play-by-play coverage.[42] This also includes the ability to cover the minor league affiliates. In October 2015, NFL announced a deal with TuneIn to broadcast live, play-by-play coverage of all NFL games to its premium subscribers.[43]

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 embed TuneIn's player onto the NHL.com website. All TuneIn NHL items would be made available to the public for free. The first broadcasts for TuneIn began Jan. 1, 2016.[44]

On February 15, 2019 the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball announced that TuneIn would be launching a 24/7 exclusive A's station which would include free streaming of all A's games within the team's market as well as exclusive team programming.[45]

Audiobooks[edit]

In August 2015, the service launched deals with book publishers including Penguin Random House and HarperCollins to provide an audiobook library.[46] In December 2017, TuneIn announced that it would remove audiobooks as of January 15, 2018.[47]

Partnerships[edit]

In October 2018, TuneIn partnered with MSNBC to exclusively represent the sales rights of podcast, Bag Man: A Rachel Maddow Original Podcast.[48] The also company partnered with Adobe Advertising Cloud in June 2018 to integrate targeted audio ads to consumers via smart speakers.[49]

In January 2019 TuneIn announced a partnership with pro-golfer Greg Norman to integrate its audio streaming platform in ‘Shark Experience,’ his line of connected golf carts.[50]

Listenership[edit]

The company revealed it generated more than half a billion hours of listening during December 2018 and that overall listening hours rose 31% year-over-year. Also, they shared that its partnerships with third-party devices and apps increased unique listeners by more than 40%.

References[edit]

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