RadioTime, Inc., the worldâ€™s leading provider of applications for finding and listening to radio online, today announced that it has acquired the TuneIn Internet radio iPhone application, the best-selling and highest rated Internet radio application for the iPhone and iTouch. RadioTime has also hired the man who created the TuneIn application to oversee the development of RadioTimeâ€™s iPhone and future iPad applications for consumer and powered-by customers.
In less than a year, more than 700,000 iPhone and iTouch owners have purchased the $1.99 TuneIn app. TuneIn features the RadioTime directory of AM/FM and online-only radio stations airing in 140 countries and broadcasting in 55 different languages.
TuneIn was the first Internet radio application to turn the iPhone or iTouch into a DVR for radio. Users can pause, rewind and record live radio programs, and search for music and programs by the names of artists or on-air personalities, specific songs, station call letters and genre. Other features include using the iPhoneâ€™s GPS or WiFi capabilities to automatically detect local stations no matter where the user travels.
â€œI have realized the dream many independent apps developers share of having my app become a best-seller on iTunes, which is very difficult considering there are more than 225,000 apps and counting available for the iPhone, iPad and iTouch,â€? said Ben Alexander, who developed the TuneIn app. â€œPartnering with RadioTime and being able to leverage its technology provided me with a significant advantage over the ever-growing number of Internet radio and streaming music apps, and Iâ€™m excited about the opportunity to join the company and work on bringing Internet radio to a wide variety of mobile, automotive and connected in-home media players, televisions and sound systems.â€?
According to a recent study by J.D. Power & Associates, 20 percent of smart phone owners use their devices to listen to music in their cars, and 40 percent plan to do so in the future.
â€œAn ever-growing number of our RadioTime.com users are now accessing Internet radio on their smart phones, using their headphones, connecting to a docking station and plugging into their car stereos,â€? said Bill Moore, CEO, RadioTime. â€œAdding the TuneIn application to the line-up of our own and partnersâ€™ mobile apps, along with the expertise Ben brings to our team, brings our customers and partners a significant competitive advantage.â€?
Pricing and Availability
The RadioTime TuneIn internet radio application is available now on the iTunes App Store for a one-time cost $1.99. There is no subscription fee.