TuneIn Extends Premium Streaming Audio Tier to Alexa Devices
Audio streaming platform TuneIn is making its TuneIn Premium service available on Alexa-enabled devices as part of the existing TuneIn Live Alexa skill for $10 a month. TuneIn Premium subscriptions include the company’s complete library of live sports and news, a collection of commercial-free music, global radio stations, and other audio content.
Alexa TuneIn Live – Premium
TuneIn first rolled out the limited, free version of its service as the TuneIn Live skill back in 2018. Amazon partnered with the streaming service so that it now comes preloaded on all Alexa-enabled devices, albeit with just terrestrial radio and a portion of its podcast library. TuneIn Premium subscribers could only get to the complete range of audio content on the web or with iOS, Android, and Windows 10 devices. Those subscribers can now link their TuneIn and Amazon accounts so as to not pay for the upgrade twice. Those interested in signing up for TuneIn premium for the first time can now do so directly through the TuneIn Live Alexa skill, starting with a three-month free trial.
“We’ve been working closely with Amazon to make it easier for listeners to access the best in live audio content on TuneIn,” TuneIn chief revenue officer Rob Deichert told Voicebot in an email. “Simply saying “Alexa, listen to sports” means Alexa users are just a simple phrase away from the content they crave most.”
TuneIn Premium’s Alexa expansion comes just after Major League Baseball named TuneIn as the MLB’s official audio partner in a multi-year contract. The MLB will fortify TuneIn’s library this season with the 2,430 games played by all 30 teams. The games will stream in Spanish and English, along with Spring Training play-by-play shows, and on-demand game analysis.TuneIn Premium also streams NFL and NHL games, as well as NCAA sports.
“We’re excited to bring TuneIn’s robust catalog of premium audio to Alexa customers, giving them even more ways to interact with their favorite audio content from all around the world,” Amazon Alexa audio director Ben Shepherd said. “Just in time for baseball season, customers can now easily find and listen to live games by simply asking Alexa.”