07
May
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Listening to the radio has been a social experience since families first gathered around them in their living rooms, and now TuneIn Radio is ready to fully embrace this aspect. The Android app has received an update that injects a fresh dose of social features. Some of these build upon the way the software previously functioned, while other aspects are entirely new.

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TuneIn listeners can now follow shows, podcasts, and friends, with their personalized feeds displaying live updates from all of these sources. An explore function is available to discover new content with, which users can then share with their own followers.

What's new:
  • Updated look and feel
  • You now can follow shows and podcasts
  • Your past favorites are now in your profile tab
  • TuneIn suggests stations, shows and categories to follow, based on your interests
  • Your personalized feed brings you live updates from the stations, shows and people you follow
  • Use the Explore function to discover great new stations and content to follow
  • The TuneIn Echo let’s you share what you’re listening to with your friends and followers
  • We’ve added a navigation drawer

The app is decidedly brighter than it used to be. A teal action bar replaces the previous striped, black one; and the entire UI just feels open and airy. Things have moved around, but returning users shouldn't have too much trouble finding their way around.

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The app remains available in two versions. The free one contains ads,  but the pro version will take care of those for $3.99.

Update: On the negative side, the previously available Google+ sign-in option looks nowhere to be found.

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Source: TuneIn

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • joeljfischer

    Not a fan of the teal...

  • projectmisha

    Why didn't they add Chromecast support? Seems like a sorely missing feature.

  • frafri

    did not like the color.. I might as well get it from TPB

    • DirkBelig

      You're announcing that you're going to pirate a FREE app because of the color? As if the pirated version will come in a better color? Wow.

      • frafri

        why would I pirate the free app? are you stupid or were you born premature?

        • Who else?

          I was born premature. I take offense

          • frafri

            okay let me rephrase this.
            are you stupid or did you arrive late when they were handing brains out?

            Now tell me you were born without a brain

          • Who else?

            No. Just came out my mother 2 months early.. With eye and heart deficiencies. Brain works just fine though.. Along withmy 134 iq

          • frafri

            Good for you. That makes me happy . :) That you are halthy and sane with whatever IQ you want to associate yourself with because I don't care. You are not street smart pal.
            On the other hand, the joke was not for you. So I don't know why you felt like taking ownership of the pain. but if the shoe fits, then wear it with high IQ or whatever man.

          • Who else?

            Lmao not Street smart? I been doing things that would be considered Street smart since I was 8.. Won't go into details.. But it wasn't a funny joke it was just ignorant. I'm going to leave you alone now because you seem confused

          • frafri

            yeah yeah okay.

        • DirkBelig

          So an app is available for free with ads, but you don't like ads so you want the Pro version, but you don't like teal so you're going to pirate the app even though it will still be teal. So is the issue that you don't like teal or that you don't want to pay for your apps at all and you're using the color as a pretense for stealing? If the color was one you liked, would you be paying for it or would you still be stealing because that's what thieves do? You'll pay $200+ for a phone and at least $50 for service, but $4 for an app is an unaffordable expense so you've got to steal it, because teal. Loser.

          Also, who the hell cares what color the UI is? It's not as if sane people look at the app any longer than it takes to pick a station and put it back in their pocket. Do you just stare at your audio apps while the drool drips from the corner of your mouth? Yeesh.

          • frafri

            I do have the paid APP. FYI. but didn't pay for it. get it?

          • DirkBelig

            You're a thief. We've already established that. But what you're stealing will still have the teal, so your assertion that you don't like the color so you're going to steal it instead has nothing to do with the color and everything to do with you being a cheap petty thief.

            Did your parents have any children that lived?

  • http://www.gregorystrike.com/ Gregory Strike

    ...and yet no Chromecast support. :( Tunein, you guys listening?

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    when I first seen the colour I thought... well fuck, must be some exclusivity with Samsung, looks like the same dull colour on Galaxy S5, but actually it ain't bad, but I would love to change the colour to a vibrant Blue or Orange, oh and transparent notification bar would look epic on this on Sense 6.

  • numpty

    Meh. I don't want social features on my radio, I just want to be able to tune into my favourite stations, quickly. Not anybody else's favourite stations. Mine.

    • YH

      I also find I had to do one more click to listen. Load time way slower. Why so many companies want to add features instead of improving stability and user-friendliness.

    • AnonymousMax

      Yeah this "social" claptrap is a pain in the %$%^%% ass. There's more to the internet than facebook. I guess now I'm gonna have to search for another radio app,..
      and now all my Favorites are gone, but but oh joy I get to "share" and "like".

  • http://blog.artesea.co.uk/ artesea

    The teal isn't too bad, but what I really want is a list of my favourite stations in order of my preference for quick action.

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/MAT0R0 ℳατoгo Ẕεɭɨρħ

      You can categorize your favorite stations through the tunein website. You can't do that in the app unfortunately. Which is a real bummer.

      • http://blog.artesea.co.uk/ artesea

        Thanks, all sorted in a decent order now.

      • tweettit

        favorites no longer exist .. following is the new name and its a load of rubbish

  • Stylus_XL

    Unlike others I dont mind the teal colour. For me the problem is that the TuneIn team keep making poor UI decisions. Each element of this app feels like it was designed by a different person; there's not enough consistency. The font is too small in places. You should have access to the stations you listen to regularly instantly when the app loads instead of having to move through menus to get to them. It still scrolls poorly like the previous incarnation did too. Overall the app still feels like they could do a lot better.

    • Pratik Holla

      Agree 100%. There are some ugly gingerbread like designs in some places and the car mode looks horrendous. The navigation drawer has too much white space.

    • SimonPieman

      Indeed. The UI has turned me off totally from this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominicmondello Dominic Mondello

    Not impressed...

  • Darren Nugent

    needs a dark theme

  • SimonPieman

    Can I shutdown Tune-In from the notification yet? if not, forget it.

    • DirkBelig

      Because a couple of extra taps to open the app and kill it is too much of a burden to such a busy and important person as yourself. #FirstWorldProblemButthurt

      • RJ

        How DO you exit the app now? I cannot figure it out...? There used to be an exit option on one of the menus but now it's gone.

        • DirkBelig

          I just noticed that there is an X to close the app from the notification shade like Play Music does. Before I used to have to hit the icon to open the app and then stop it (not pause) manually to kill it. Much more convenient.

      • Darnie Kris Glover

        Wow, how arrogant do you really have to be to tell another human being what inconveniences he should put up with on his own phone?

        • DirkBelig

          How self-righteous do you really have to be to think I give a damn about your po widdle feewings especially when you're 2 months late to the party?

          Besides, it's irrelevant because you can kill Tune In from the notification shade - as I noted two months ago - so his butthurt is salved. I doubt there's enough lotion to unchap yours.

  • Ezio

    Love this app but a dark color would be better

  • http://www.geordienorman.com/ George Byers

    I hear that it still has no clear channel stations on it, but maybe that's a good thing :P

  • assman

    this is awful.

  • surethom

    I don't like the off green colour, looks cheap looking.

  • Henrique Persechini

    Yet another music app that implements poor podcast managing

  • McLean Riley

    The only issue I have with TuneIn is that it doesn't work like a DVR. If I press record it might record 20 minutes then stop and start again in 15. The seek bar also stays stationary instead of continuing recording, it stops at 30 minutes, and when the seek bar is out of the recording it doesn't keep going perpetually, it goes to live on the station. Also, it doesn't actually record for later if that is something you are looking for it has never worked for me.

    • Paul

      I found on my Sony Experia that when I stopped playing the radio and then quit the app it was still sucking down data in the background. It used 8mg in 20mins whilst it was supposed to be off. Anyone know how to turn the bloody app off without going to the phone Settings/Apps or turning off the phone

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    And as always, Amazon App Store doesn't have the update yet. Yes, I know it takes some time for Amazon. But I'm not holding my breath.

  • Iacobus

    FWIW, I did contact TuneIn not too long ago concerning Chromecast support. They did send me a reply back a few hours later. They do listen. I guarantee it'll make it in there sooner or later. Make your voices heard, people.

    I don't care about the design/color as long as it's functional.

    • Giampaolo

      Even worse! They kept G+ Signin on iOS (That I actually didn't even know it existed before someone made me to see and believe)

  • Jason Maloney

    This update WILL silently delete all of your TuneIn Pro alarms!!!

  • Hugh McWilliams

    This is a disaster. You can't exit the app so it drains your battery and uses data. Reminds me of Coke II. Did anyone test this thing? Went from being the best streaming music and radio app to a disaster.

  • Ricky

    How do you exit this program? Not really loving having this app run in the background all the time.

  • Tony

    I'm not happy at all with this upgrade. They could keep it this way, but leave an option for the guys who payed for what they wanted. Now we have payed for something that we might want to leave alone. This is sad, how i loved the app before and now feel totally the opposite. They tried made a lot to make it more easy to find stuff but the old time users just find it cluttered.

  • Guest

    terrible update have been looking for a alternative since ...... its far to much now i just wantt a radio player that i can access on pc and mobile ..... i dont wanna follow everyone else

  • tweettit

    terrible update ...... i just want a radio that i can personalize both on pc and mobile ..... i do not want to follow people and where has my favorites gone

  • Pat Fitzpatrick

    Reading the comments below shows Tunein still doesn't get it. People want a quick list of their favorite stations, and a clear way to either exit the app or run it in the background.

    Our house uses the RadioFM app instead, and we are generally happy with it.

  • C M

    I don't need to share every fking thing with everyone all the time, I am not that insecure.
    I purchased Tune In to play music from internet radio stations. Instead of begin another sheep following the other social apps, how about they concentrate on making it do its job (playing music) better. The UI was good before, but , make it esier to assess timer, or station details.
    Make it compatible with DSP, Viper, beats or any other audio enhancement. This is a MUSIC app, it should have some type of user adjustable audio processing

  • Owen

    I have absolutely no interest in sharing what I listen to with anyone else, or see what other people are listening to. The two things I still miss are Chromecast support (for my tablet at home) and the ability to launch the app direct to car mode (for my phone). There are way too many keystrokes to get to my usual 3-4 stations while driving. Also need to be able to easily kill the app from car mode when I arrive at a customer location. Frequently, if I just pause it, it starts playing again in my pocket while I'm with the customer.

  • kb

    Not really fond of this update and it is really annoying to have to go into 'settings' to exit. Fix that won't you?

  • Tassie Tiger

    App now keeps running in the background draining battery :( Had tune in pro before update, loved it. Now with this update , hate it! :( I want the older version back!

  • JD Transport

    This was a great app but with update 12.0 its hit the buffers. Its all over the place and nothing for me. I dumped it and re-installed version 11.3 and disabled auto update. In one update they have gone from Tunein to Tuneout. :-(

    • Johnny_Fever

      How can you get the old version back on an Android phone? I can't get it back and I didn't even ask for the update - it wiped my old working fine version for the social media battery hog POS.

  • JU

    how do i get my favorites back ?

  • basher

    Previous version-great- New version- crap
    Why change something that didn't need fixing?
    A downgrade not an upgrade,seems lots of people here agree!
    Listen to the people!

  • Tassie Tiger

    Hated this new version so much I got rid of it and installed version 7.3 which is older but better. Gets back to the basic idea without all the bells and whistles. :)

    • Johnny_Fever

      Please tell me how to get the old version back! There's no 'undo' on my Android POS.

      • Tassie Tiger

        Search the net for a earlier version like tunein radio pro v7.3, download the .apk install file. Uninstall v12. Installed v7.3. Don't have auto updates on in play store as it will end up as v12. Set updates to manual. This version by default streams at a higher bit rate, but you can change that in the settings option menu.

  • DaleRox

    This apps is horrible. This is a disaster. You can't exit the app so it drains your battery and uses data. Where did all my favorites go!!! Did anyone test this thing? Went from being the best streaming music and radio app to the worse!!!!

  • Barbara Waite

    I am reading all of the comments...and yes they are helpful. I can adjust to the color the the extra taps BUT not my data usage alerts that I only 5% remaining and my clock does not start over until May 28th????? Cannot exit the app understandable BUT there should be a way to stop it from gobbling up data when not in use....any tips would be greatly appreciated

  • greenPixelBlues

    Update 12 should be published as a different app since it has different goals. Please bring back the version 11 stream and keep it lean. Not everybody wants exposure to social media just to listen to radio. I am keeping an eye for alternatives in case version 11 is retired.

  • Death to all apps

    Why can't Tunein Radio just stick to what they do well? They used to be a great internet radio aggregator. What do they want with my contact list or social and account information? I am out ...

  • johdaxx

    Sitting idle in the background, 12.2 ate 50% of my battery. Avoid this update if at all possible.

  • cmsij

    No more! I paid for pro years ago. Just unistalled. Thanks for making a great product a marketing tool of useless crap