TuneIn Radio: News & Podcasts

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Description of App

Listen to your favorite radio stations for free with TuneIn Radio. With over 100,000 radio stations, TuneIn has the largest selection of sports, news, music and talk radio from around the world. With the free TuneIn Radio app: -Stream real radio stations from around the world live. -Listen to your favorite talk shows and podcasts live and on demand. -Enjoy live coverage of sporting events, concerts and more. Get even more with TuneIn Premium. -Get live play-by-play from every MLB, NFL and BPL game, all season long. -Let your imagination run wild with access to a library of over 40,000 audiobooks. -Enjoy exclusive access to over 600 commercial-free music stations -No banner ads! Listen Anywhere: -Enjoy TuneIn anywhere you go with Apple Watch. -Try out TuneIn for CarPlay when you’re on the go. -Enjoy TuneIn Radio at home with your Google Chromecast. Keep in touch: Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tunein Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/tunein Read the TuneIn Blog: blog.tunein.com



Free or Paid


Apple Watch Support


iOS Version


Device(s) App Was Tested On


Accessibility Comments

Very accessible to use with VoiceOver.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

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3 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by Tom 1 year 6 months ago



Submitted by David Goodwin👨‍🦯 on Saturday, October 29, 2011

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

The unlabelled buttons in the list view of stations are used to select which stream you want when the station has more than one.

As VoiceOver gives you no feedback on what the choices are, this is very much a lucky dip.

The developer has been contacted, so hopefully this will be addressed in a future update.

Submitted by the grumpy apple on Thursday, March 1, 2012

A friend of mine used tune in radio and clicked on a button called speaker-high. When she did, it disabled voice over and she had to totally restore her ipod before it worked again. Even then, voice over sounded funny. So whatever you do, do not doubletap that button!

Submitted by Kevan on Thursday, March 1, 2012

That "certain "speaker high" button" is a mute button, to get sound back all you have to do is raise the volume. She went through way, way way way too much trouble. And people, you may use that button, just remember that it lowers down the volume completely.

Submitted by kieran l on Thursday, March 1, 2012

In reply to by Kevan

Kevan, watch it. Some people do not know everything about everything, you know. No need to be rude in your comments. But yes, that is a mute button. Double tap it, it'll mute. Double tap it again to get the volume back. Or as Kevan said, just use the volume buttons.

Hello everyone. I got scared with the speaker high button some time ago but didn't feel lead to share my experience because for me, the problem was over as quickly as it began. My iDevice is the iPhone 3GS. What I discovered is the speaker high button is very simply a mute button and what they do to accomplish the mute is slam all the volumes to zero. The fix was rather easy for me both when I had the trouble by accident some weeks ago and when I did it on purpose just now to see if I remembered what happened right before posting this. I simply pressed and held the volume up button on my device for a couple of seconds and all was right with the world again. In my test just now, I did two things. First, I hit speaker high while a stream was playing. It all went silent as I thought it might. I hit volume up and the stream and VoiceOver came back. Second, I stopped the stream and hit speaker high again. Of course, Voiceover stopped as expected. I pressed and held volume up for a short time, did a VoiceOver gesture and it worked just fine. All of that said, I completely understand how this speaker high button could scare the devil out of anyone. It's not a big leap to at least assume that if you double-tap a mute like button after you mute that it will unmute. This particular button however, does not behave that way so before you restore your device after hitting speaker high, try turning up the volume first. Finally, I have sent an email to the developer recommending they relabel the speaker high button to mute and explained the trouble mentioned in the previous comment.

I used to find this app fully accessible but after an update a few months ago, voice over no longer acknowledges the clock where you set the alarm timer... its just like it doesn't exist although my sighted boyfriend said that it is in fact there on the screen. I tried downloading iRadio as an alternative, and found that the app is tune in radio but with a different name and therefore has the same problem...

updated on Oct 07/ 2013 version 4.3 since not changes as the last version personally for me still works fine voiceOver reads more of the text not to say everything, and easy to use I have worked few hours I updated last night and works good I have using iPhone 5S running iOS7.02 What's New in Version 4.3 We've fixed some bugs to improve your TuneIn Radio experience

Submitted by Orko on Wednesday, October 15, 2014

TuneIn Radio is the radio app I eventually chose after trying several others.

IHeart Radio: despite what it says hear in the forum, which may be old information, I found IHeart Radio to be mostly inaccessable with many buttons unlabeled for VO, it was on my iPod less than five minutes. I believe it was about a month or so ago that I tried it.

Radium: I tried this about two or three days agao. I don't recall what problems I had with it, but it too lasted less than five minutes on my iPod.

5-0 Radio: This app seemed pretty good until the first ad came along that required I dismiss it to continue using the app. I don't mind ad supported software, but only if the ads don't get in the way of using the app.
ooTune: I'd heard a lot of good about ooTune, but decided against it because there was no free version to try out first.

TuneIn: It took a little tinkering, but in about 15 minutes I had TuneIn pretty much figured out and will probably buy the Pro version to get rid of the ads, the radio stations have their own ads, I don't need another layer of ads on top of those.

I could have easily done without the social media connections since I don't use any social media at all, but at least those aren't forced on me, it's easy enough to just ignore the button. When I started following a station, it asked if I wanted to share it, they were nice enough to provide a "Don't ask me again" option.

One thing I wish they would do, though it's minor, move the "Add to Favorites" button up a screen, then have it follow the station and it add to your favorites when tapped. That would eliminate the two step process of following a station, and adding it to your favorites. If all you want to do is follow a station, you can use the "Follow" button.

The only problem I encountered with TuneIn was lagginess and pauses in VO, but I suspect that's an IOS 8 problem since I encounter the same problems with other apps.

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Wednesday, October 15, 2014

If your biggest love is the radio portion, you should give Shoutcast a try. It's free, and the number of radio stations available is vast!!! Sometimes, when you start a station, an ad might pop up, but tapping the screen twice with two fingers like you would to start or stop music will skip the ad. Just a thought.

With respect, you missed the boat by not just buying ooTunes. While some aspects of TuneIn may be worth keeping it -- finding particular sportscaasts, for example -- it's gone far, far, far too heavily into social media rather than sticking to providing radio stations. Also, try to set an alarm with TuneIn. And try to listen to Atlanta's all-news station; you won't find it as TuneIn obeys all the dicta of corporations/distributors whereas the developer of ooTunes distributes stuff you won't find elsewhere as he contends (and no one has stopped him) that he has a perfect right to distribute what he does. And his app *is* fully accessible, if a bit obscure at times.

For the record, I have and use both apps but ooTunes gets the lion's share of listening time.

Submitted by Mike Freeman on Wednesday, October 15, 2014

One more thought: the radio database in the new Victor Reader stream uses the ooTunes database.

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Shoutcast is great, and so is Tunein for sporting events, but ooTunes is the one radio app that I keep going back to. In fact, it is the first app I ever bought when I first got my iPhone. While it is not updated much, if at all, on the front end, the database of stations is, in my opinion, second to none.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Wednesday, October 15, 2014

In reply to by sockhopsinger

Agreed. I love the fact that the developer will add stations if you ask him to, and within hours or sometimes even minutes of sending the request.

It's too bad they had to remove the xm stations though which really sucks, but maybe that was in agreement with xm radio or something. I really don't know.

Take care and be blessed.

Submitted by Toonhead on Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Oh definitely shell out a few bucks and buy yourself oo tunes. You will be extremely glad you did. The app is 100% accessible, and the developer is very approachable through email if you have any questions or want stations to be added. Go for it you won't be sorry.

Submitted by peter on Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I don't understand why the mute button mutes "all" sounds. The developer should be able to make the Mute button silence only the audio coming out of the TuneIn Radio app and not the speech coming from VoiceOver (as other apps do).

also, I wonder how atune to accessibility the TuneIn Radio developers really are. The ability for VoiceOver users to be able to set alarms has not been accessible for a very long time through numerous version releases. Folks have commented on this accessibility issue for a long time, yet it hasn't been resolved.

too bad, because overall, the app is very good and otherwise fairly useable.


Submitted by Orko on Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I wanted to try ShoutCast, but when I tried to search for it in the app store, I got hundreds of hits and it seemed to list everything but ShoutCast. It may have been in there, but I was unwilling to try and find it in such a long list.

Sometimes I think that Apple needs a good nuking to shake the cobwebs out of their heads and maybe put some common sense into them instead.

Submitted by Orko on Thursday, October 16, 2014

For what it's worth, the reason I couldn't find ShoutCast is because, according to iTunes, it is no longer available in the US app store.

Oh well, for now I think I'll stick with TuneIn until it gives me a reason to go to something else, or if something else convinces me it's better and worth paying for.

Yeah, I can be cheap at times! ;-)

Submitted by Mike Freeman on Saturday, October 18, 2014


You may not like what's happening to IE or any other particular browser, for that matter. But if you want the best access, you're going to have to upgrade because, wonder of wonders, the web world consists both of you and of web developers. I know many site -- particularly in the business world -- that no longer support IE 8 and below.

Soin the end, it's your choice: miss out on content or upgrade and put up with thefrustrations.

Welcome to the real world!

Submitted by Orko on Saturday, October 18, 2014


Sorry, since the TuenIn web site is or can be part of using the TuneIn Radio app, I thought a question about a problem using the web site was appropriate here.

I suspected the problem was my older browser, but wanted verify that by asking if anyone else was seeing the same thing.

Submitted by Mike Freeman on Saturday, October 18, 2014

I haven't looked at the site recently but I haven't had any problems with it.

Submitted by Jordan Gallacher on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

My biggest complaint with this app for now are the number of stations that are listed but are not streaming. This is especially true for countries outside the U.S. For example, I could not get any of the stations in the Phillipeens to play on this app.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Thought it was region specific? Not sure. If it is that might be why.

Submitted by Joe on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Club AppleVis Member

In reply to by Jason

Some clear Channel stations do not stream because of IHEART radio. Clear channel doesn't allow there stations to be played through tunein on the mobile side. On the computer side or my sonos system they do allow this. Basically if your station doesn't play it is do to lisencing on the mobile side also if you reside outside of the country it may not allow you to listen either. This is set up by the station not tunein

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

This app is listed in the Applevis directory as being "fully accessible with Voiceover and is easy to navigate and use." However, last time I tried to use this app, I found it anything but when it comes to selecting channels. Have they released recent updates making it more user friendly? Thanks for any feedback.

Submitted by Jason on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

In reply to by sockhopsinger

The latest updated did fixed the problem I have no problem using the app. The accessibility it's back and the NFL now onTuneIn premium I'am very happy about that too.

Submitted by Joe on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Club AppleVis Member

The app just coppies the website as far as stations go. I get your point, but I think it's because you can actually stream clearchannel stations on the computer from tunein just not on the Iphone. It's not perfect but once you learn what stations are clear channel you can figure things out pretty easy.

Submitted by Joe on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Club AppleVis Member

I do agree. I love the functions it allows. One of my most used apps. I love that trending option.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Thursday, October 29, 2015

I quit using tune in as I don't even listen to music anymore and I mean no music anymore. That might or might not change if I ever get board, but yeah.There's no vallue in radio anymore as far as I can sede.

Tc all

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

What's New in Version 9.8

- Version 9.8 features a new design for Home with recommendations and top content on TuneIn.
- Station, show, and event pages have a brand new look, too!
- Your profile has been redesigned as well, making finding the stations you follow easier than ever.
- Program pages will remember which episodes you've listened to and show progress indicators.
- We've also improved the VoiceOver accessibility across the app, and added localizations to Car Mode.

Submitted by Deb on Friday, June 10, 2016

Several of the stations I've been following are no longer available with Tunein so they've recommended others, some of which I don't like. When I go to Edit My Profile, I can't find a way to delete stations listed. Is this an accessibility issue, or am I just doing something wrong? It seems to me I was able to do this before. I haven't listened in a while, so maybe I've just forgotten what to do!

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