SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- TuneIn, a premier podcast destination and the world's leading streaming audio app, today debuted First Play, a first-of-its kind podcast program offering early releases of new episodes from new and popular podcasts from networks like WNYC Studios, Gimlet Media, HowStuffWorks, Wondery, Feral Audio and StarTalk. New episodes will be available early, up to one week before they're available on other platforms, and they will be free to all TuneIn users.
With the launch of First Play, TuneIn enables podcast super fans to hear episodes early from a selection of more than 30 podcasts, produced by the most popular podcast creators. Participating shows will debut their early releases throughout the initial run of the program, concluding December 31st.
The podcast industry has boomed in the last year, with its monthly audience growing 21% in the U.S. (from 57 million to 67 million people), according to Edison Research and Triton Digital's annual Infinite Dial Report, with no signs of this engagement slowing down. Podcast creators continue to defy creative bounds, building new ways to experience audio content, which avid listeners are eager to consume. Through this program, TuneIn aims to serve listeners who want even more from their favorite shows.
Between TuneIn's breadth of content offerings and wide distribution network, this program exposes new audiences to great podcast content before anywhere else. More people are discovering podcasts than ever before, and TuneIn is uniquely positioned to support that interest with its integrations with connected devices, such as Amazon Alexa-enabled speakers.
"This special offering provides fans what they want most: the ability to get their favorite shows first and early," said TuneIn Chief Content Officer Kevin Straley. "We're proud to be releasing such a robust group of partners with fresh new content at a time when podcast listening is at a record high."
The First Play line up can be found at TuneIn.com including:
WNYC Studios: Spooked, a new series from Snap Judgment that is No. 1 on the U.S. charts
Gimlet Media: Uncivil, a new series
HowStuffWorks: BrainStuff, Ridiculous History and TechStuff Daily Digest
Wondery: Sword & Scale, I Hate My Boss, Hollywood and Crime, Real Crime Profiles, Tides of History and Something You Should Know
StarTalk: StarTalk Radio, StarTalk All-Stars and StarTalk Playing with Science
Feral Audio: Harmontown, Dumb People Town, Natch Beaut and Drinky Fun Time
ESPN Radio: Cinephile: The Adnan Virk Movie Podcast, Doubletruck Stories, Free Cookies and That's What She Said with Sarah Spain
Parcast: Serial Killers, Unsolved Murders and Jack the Ripper
Tenderfoot TV: Sworn
ABC Radio: 10% Happier with Dan Harris, No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis, Motivated, Uncomfortable
MRW Productions: The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe
Anonymous: Casefile True Crime
The Wall Street Journal: Secrets of Wealthy Women
Dr. Robert Puff, Ph.D.: The Happiness Podcast
Red Bull Music Academy: Couch Wisdom on the Red Bull Radio
As one of the new series to debut on the First Play lineup, Chris Giliberti, head of multiplatform at Gimlet Media, shares, "We are excited to partner with TuneIn to give its listeners exclusive early access to Gimlet's newest show, Uncivil, via TuneIn's First Play. Uncivil is a phenomenal, timely and important show and we can't wait for audiences to enjoy it."
Glynn Washington, host of WNYC Studios' Spooked, is thrilled to be one of the first featured this week. "Debuting Spooked with TuneIn's First Play is a great way to deliver supernatural thrills," he says. "But don't turn out the lights!"
"We're delighted to learn that StarTalk would be among the first podcasts to be featured in TuneIn's exclusive "First Play" programming," says Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of StarTalk. "Our running goal has always been to broaden and deepen the public's access to science in our lives through our informative and entertaining portfolio of celebrity guests and comedic banter. Looks like TuneIn has a recipe that will make that happen as never before."
This year, TuneIn has made significant investments to elevate itself as a premier destination for both podcasters and podcast listeners. According to internal data, TuneIn reports that they've had 27 million listening hours of podcast content so far in 2017, and 27% growth in podcast listening year-over-year from 2016 to 2017.
TuneIn brings the widest collection of sports, music, news, podcasts and audiobooks into one app. The platform features live and on-demand audio through partnerships with world class content providers including the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, ESPN Radio, ABC Radio, CNN, MSNBC/CNBC, Fox News Talk and BBC Radio.
About TuneIn Bringing together a wide collection of sports, music, news, podcasts, and audiobooks — including live, on-demand and original content — TuneIn lets people find what they love while helping them discover new things. TuneIn has grown to become one of the most widely used streaming audio platforms in the world with 75 million monthly active users. TuneIn has over 120,000 owned & operated and partner radio stations and more than 5.7 million on-demand programs stemming from every continent, and is available for free across 200 platforms and connected devices. TuneIn Premium subscribers can listen to the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, over 90,000 audiobooks and commercial-free music stations. With venture funding from Comcast Ventures, IVP, Sequoia Capital, Causeway, General Catalyst Partners, Icon Ventures, and Marker LLC, TuneIn is headquartered in San Francisco, California.