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TuneIn removes recording capability for UK Pro users

By James Cridland for media.info
Posted 3 May 2017, 11.35am edt

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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.

James Cridland — James is the Managing Director of media.info, and a radio futurologist: a consultant, writer and public speaker who concentrates on the effect that new platforms and technology are having on the radio business. His website is at james.cridland.net, where you can subscribe to his weekly newsletter.
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Comments

PRO2 weeks, 5 days ago

TapinRadio for Windows also allows you to record streams to your PC.

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