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TuneIn Inc.
Private
Industry Software
Predecessor RadioTime
Founded January 2002; 16 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 Inc. is an American audio streaming service delivering live news, radio, sports, music, and podcasts to an audience of over 60 million monthly active users worldwide.[1] The company is 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.[2] TuneIn is available on 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, including Sonos, Bose, Amazon Echo, and Google Home connected speakers. TuneIn service is also available in over 50 vehicle models, including the Tesla Model S. TuneIn raised over $47 million in venture funding from Institutional Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital, GV, General Catalyst Partners, and Icon Ventures.[7]

Function[edit]

The Windows 8 TuneIn Radio app

TuneIn's website and free mobile apps allow users 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 lists many sports, news, talk, and music broadcasts from around the world.

TuneIn Radio is available as an app on 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, Samsung TV, Roku, Google TV, Chromecast, Nexus Player, Ouya[10] PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4.[11] , and Xbox One [12], Logitech Squeezebox and related open-source players[13].

TuneIn's website is available in 22 languages, each with its own version of the website and 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, NBA, in addition to news content from MSNBC, Al Jazeera, and more.[14]

Content[edit]

Broadcasters[edit]

TuneIn has deals with numerous broadcasters of sports, news, talk, and music. Some examples include CBS,[15] ESPN Radio,[16] NPR,[17] Public Radio International (PRI), CBC / Radio-Canada, C-SPAN Radio, All India Radio, AIR FM Gold, Emmis Communications,[18] Hearst Radio, Radio One, mvyradio, Wu-Tang Radio (Wu World Radio),[19] ABC Radio and Regional Content (Australia), Bonneville International,[20] Sport Your Argument and talkSPORT.[21]

On June 25, 2018, Entercom announced that it would remove its stations' online streams from TuneIn. Stations that were owned by Entercom prior to its 2017 merger with CBS Radio are being pulled effective July 6, with former CBS Radio stations following suit on August 1. With the move, all Entercom stations will be available for streaming exclusively via Radio.com and its associated app and services, which was a CBS property also acquired by Entercom in the merger.[22] This is similar to iHeartMedia's long-time refusal to host their stations on TuneIn, exclusively only allowing access to them via iHeartRadio and its associated services.

Sports[edit]

In August 2015, TuneIn announced deals with MLB and Premier League and the Bundesliga for live play-by-play coverage.[23] In October 2015, NFL announced a deal with TuneIn to broadcast live, play-by-play coverage of all NFL games to its premium subscribers.[24]

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.[25]

Technology[edit]

Software: TuneIn Radio is available as a free app on iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry, and Logitech Squeezebox servers. There is a paid version, “TuneIn Radio Pro” (USD $9.99), which allows subscribers to record anything played through the TuneIn service.[26] Recordings made by TuneIn Radio Pro are stored on the device and cannot be played on other devices.

Consumer Electronics: TuneIn is available on numerous Smart Radios and Connected Speakers (Sonos, Amazon Echo, Google Home, Bose, HEOS by Denon,[27] iHome), Smart TVs (Panasonic, Samsung TV, Google TV) and TV boxes (Roku, Boxee).

Game Consoles: TuneIn Radio is available on Xbox, PlayStation, and Ouya.[28]

Auto Manufacturers: As of 2016 TuneIn is available on more than 55 vehicle models, including ones by Ford,[29] General Motors,[30] Tesla, BMW[31] and MINI.[32] After-market auto stereo devices made by JVC,[33] Parrot[34] and Clarion[35] also work with TuneIn.

Audiobooks: In August 2015, TuneIn launched deals with book publishers including Penguin Random House and HarperCollins to provide an audiobook library.[36] In December 2017, TuneIn announced that it would remove audiobooks as of January 15, 2018.[37]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McInttyre, Hugh. "TuneIn Announces New Premium Tier, Complete With Audiobooks And Sports". Forbes, 2015.
  2. ^ McCracken, Harry. "TuneIn’s Revamp Makes Streaming Audio More Social". TIME, 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.
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  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. ^ TuneIn App on Xbox Live | TuneIn on Xbox, Xbox Support, 2015.
  13. ^ "Radio Time Powers Logitech Squeezebox- Technology News, Firstpost". Tech2. Retrieved 2018-06-24. 
  14. ^ Roettgers, Janko."TuneIn Introduces Paid Tier With MLB Matches, Audio Books to Take On Satellite Radio". Variety, 2015.
  15. ^ Associated Press. "TuneIn adds 40 CBS Radio stations' programs". Yahoo! Finance, 2012.
  16. ^ Schmitt, Michael. "TuneIn partners with ESPN Audio in time for live streaming coverage of college football Bowl games". RAIN, 2012. Archived 2013-08-14 at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ Andrews, Robert. "Interview: TuneIn CEO plans radio ad pre-rolls, personalization". paidContent, 2012.
  18. ^ Maloney, Paul. "TuneIn adds Entercom, Cox, Emmis stations to tuning service". RAIN, 2012. Archived 2012-07-04 at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ Radio Online. "TuneIn Forms Alliances With Over 20 Broadcasters". Radio Online, 2012.
  20. ^ Marcucci, Carl. "TuneIn signs Bonneville". RBR.com, 2012.
  21. ^ Andrews, Robert. "Interview: TuneIn CEO plans radio ad pre-rolls, personalization". paidContent, 2012.
  22. ^ Venta, Lance (June 25, 2018). "Entercom To Pull Streams Off Of TuneIn; Exclusively Use Radio.com". RadioInsight. RadioBB Networks. Retrieved June 26, 2018. 
  23. ^ Nazarian, Robert. "LISTEN TO NFL GAMES, MLB, SOCCER, AUDIOBOOKS, AND AD-FREE MUSIC WITH TUNEIN PREMIUM". DigitalTrends, 2015.
  24. ^ Perez, Sarah. "NFL Games, Including The Super Bowl, Come To TuneIn". TechCrunch, 2015.
  25. ^ "TuneIn Partners with National Hockey League® to Bring Content to TuneIn for Free" (Press release). PR Newswire. 2015-12-22. Retrieved 2015-12-22. 
  26. ^ Martonik, Andrew (2014-07-29). "TuneIn Radio Pro price jumps from $3.99 to $9.99". Android Central. Retrieved 2017-11-10. 
  27. ^ HEOS by Denon app for music streaming
  28. ^ "TuneIn Radio app for the Xbox One offers access to 100,000 streaming radio stations". Windows Central. 2015-06-23. Retrieved 2017-12-18. 
  29. ^ Cesa, Dante. "TuneIn Radio comes to Ford SYNC AppLink, brings 50,000 radio stations with it." Engadget, 2012.
  30. ^ Burden, Melissa. "GM pairing its MyLink Radio with TuneIn app on Spark, Sonic RS." Detroit News, 2012.
  31. ^ Stoklosa, Alexander. "TuneIn Offers Streaming Online Radio (Including World Radio) in Vehicles, Serving Up Alternative to Pandora or SiriusXM." Car and Driver, 2011.
  32. ^ Kim, Ryan. "TuneIn Radio takes its streaming act on the road." GigaOM, 2012.
  33. ^ Goodwin, Antuan. "2012 JVC receivers feature App Link for iPhone." CNET, 2012.
  34. ^ Chandrasekaran, Pradeep. "Parrot ASTEROID Updated with Added Support for Steering Wheel and more." Ubergizmo, 2012.
  35. ^ Lutz, Zachary. "Clarion Next Gate brings iPhone apps (and distractions) to your windshield." Engadget, 2012.
  36. ^ Dillet, Romain. "TuneIn Launches TuneIn Premium With Ad-Free Radio, Audiobooks, MLB Games". TechCrunch, 2015.
  37. ^ https://www.androidcentral.com/tunein-premium-will-stop-offering-audiobooks-january-15

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