TuneIn removes recording capability for UK Pro users
By James Cridland for media.info
Posted 3 May 2017, 11.35am edt
TuneIn Pro, the paid-for version of the popular TuneIn Radio software, has removed the ability for listeners to record radio streams.
The premium version of the software, which costs around £7.49, offers an ad-free environment and until recently also offered the opportunity for listeners to record streams for later use.
In an email to a user, seen by media.info, TuneIn say that they have:
"temporarily removed the record functionality for stations throughout the TuneIn App for UK users.
This is the result of legal issues raised by representatives of record labels in the UK. Please stay tuned for further notice."
We would presume that the 'representatives' are PPL, the collection organisation that works on behalf of the record companies in this area.
None of the money from TuneIn Pro's cost goes to radio stations. The company is headquartered in San Jose in California, and is entirely backed by venture capital, including Google.
TuneIn also has a separate service, TuneIn Premium, which costs $7.99 a month and offers additional sports content.
If you really want to record radio, Michael Robertson's dar.fm allows unattended recording, with an initial free tier. Additionally, Radioplayer offers catch-up of many UK stations.
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