TuneIn‘s online radio service that lets people listen to music, sports and news on their smartphones and on the web, just announced that it is now available on 200 different distribution platforms. The platforms include everything from smartphones, home entertainment systems, connected TV and – most recently – connected cars. Indeed, the 200th platform the company announced today is Tesla’s new Model S premium sedan, which our own Colleen Taylor took for a spin last week.
While it doesn’t get a lot of hype and generally flies under the radar of the Silicon Valley press, TuneIn recently told me that it is growing rapidly thanks, in no small part, to the popularity of its smartphone apps. The service, which raised funding from Sequoia Capital in 2010 (and is rumored to have raised a very large undisclosed round earlier this year) currently offers its users the ability to listen to 70,000 stations and 2 million on-demand programs.
On the Model S, Tesla drivers will be able to control the app using the car’s 17″ touchscreen to listen to programs from small local stations and heavyweights like ESPN Radio, CBS and others. Unlike other connected car platforms like Ford’s SYNC AppLink, Tesla drivers don’t have to use a smartphone to connect to the service, as the Model S offers a 3G connection as an option on some packages.
TuneIn lets people listen to the world’s music, sports and news with over 70,000 stations and over two million on-demand programs streaming from every continent. 40 million people enjoy listening to TuneIn every month on over 200 different connected devices, including automotive dashboards and all smartphone and tablet operating systems. To date, TuneIn has raised venture funding from General Catalyst Partners, Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures and Jafco Ventures, and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.
Tesla Motors, founded by Elon Musk, Marc Tarpenning and Martin Eberhard, is a company that produces a high-performance electric sports car, and is backed by a number of high-profile investors. Introduced in June 2006 to the public complete with a test drive by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Tesla Roadster is able to go from 0 to 60 in less than 4 seconds (competitive with Porsche and Lamborghini models), while also delivering 100 miles per gallon (double the...