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Report claims TuneIn is exploring a potential sale

Streaming radio service TuneIn has irked some rightsholders in recent times, but now the company is reportedly mulling a potential sale.

Bloomberg claimed that TuneIn has hired boutique investment bank LionTree Advisors to evaluate its options: which could involve raising new funding as an alternative to selling the company. CEO John Donham has been fielding questions about the plans.

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TuneIn launches discounted subscription for Alexa devices

Streaming-radio service TuneIn is trying something new for Amazon’s Echo speakers. It’s a discounted premium subscription tier, which will cost $2.99 a month from Alexa-enabled devices, compared to the usual $9.99-a-month cost of TuneIn’s premium tier.

The strategy matches what Amazon has done with its $3.99-a-month ‘Echo Plan’ for its Music Unlimited music-streaming service.

The emphasis for TuneIn Live is as much on sports and news as on music-radio stations: US sporting leagues MLB, NBA, NHL, and the NFL are all among its partners. TuneIn says it builds on strong listening growth to its basic service, which streams live-radio stations, on smart speakers.

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TuneIn sues Pandora over ad-sales partnership

If Pandora thought its troubles were easing after securing a $480m strategic investment from SiriusXM… well, another digital radio firm is set to give it a headache.

TuneIn is suing Pandora, after an advertising-sales partnership between the two companies went sour. The lawsuit alleges breach of contract, anticipatory breach, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing and negligent misrepresentation.

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Radio app TuneIn adds Twitter-like follow model for friends, stations and shows

Aiming to become the ‘Twitter of music’ is dangerous territory, given that even Twitter didn’t have much success with its attempt to become the Twitter of #music. But a major revamp of radio aggregator TuneIn is still interesting, as it figures out how to make digital radio listening more social.

In this case, that means introducing a Twitter-like follower model, where TuneIn users can follow stations and individual shows, as well as Facebook friends and phone contacts. The result is a news feed of new shows and updates, with TuneIn keen to explain that some of the bigger broadcasters already have big audiences on its service – 1.9m people following the BBC’s Radio One, for example.