April 10, 2012 00:01 ET

TuneIn and TED Collaborate to Bring "Ideas Worth Spreading" to Digital Audio

New TuneIn "Ideas" Category Provides TEDTalks for Listeners Around the World

PALO ALTO, CA and NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Apr 10, 2012) - TuneIn, a free service that lets people listen to music, sports, comedy and talk from around the world, and TED, the nonprofit devoted to "Ideas Worth Spreading," today announced the availability of curated TEDTalks collections to the more than 30 million monthly active TuneIn listeners anywhere, anytime. This agreement brings riveting talks from the world's most remarkable minds in technology, entertainment and design to the growing TuneIn service.

"TuneIn prides itself on being a leader in listening innovation and could not be more pleased to bring TED's unmatched content to our service," said Kevin Straley, VP Programming, TuneIn. "With this partnership, our listeners -- wherever they are -- can access the rich and thought-provoking ideas TED has built its worthy reputation on. We're excited to make talks and performances from TED available to the world for free."

Listeners can access the 10 TED Podcasts through the new "Ideas" category within the "Talk" area of the "Podcast" section of TuneIn Directory Channels, which will also prominently feature TED Audio Stream. The TED Podcasts include such popular TEDTalks as:

  • TEDTalks Technology
  • TEDTalks News & Politics
  • TEDTalks Kids and Family
  • TEDTalks Music
  • TEDTalks Arts

TuneIn listeners can explore these TEDTalks and more by topic and speaker in order to create his or her own curated experience.

"Over the past year we have been amazed by the acceleration of users accessing TEDTalks through mobile devices," said Deron Triff, Content Distribution Director at TED. "We are delighted to reach news audiences through TuneIn, particularly because of its extensive reach across devices and geographic distances."

TED content is available via TuneIn through a variety of different platforms including smartphone apps, connected vehicle dashboards, Internet home entertainment systems and online at TuneIn Radio and TuneIn Radio Pro are the only audio streaming apps that have a 4.5 or 5 star rating on every mobile platform, worldwide.

About TuneIn
TuneIn is a free service that lets people listen to live local and global music, sports, talk and news from wherever they are. TuneIn offers more than 60,000 AM, FM, HD and Internet radio stations and more than two million on-demand programs streaming from every continent. The company's mobile apps are ranked in the top five in the App Store's Music category across 82 countries and territories. The company raised venture funding from Sequoia Capital in January 2011 and is hard at work in an old plumbing supply building in Palo Alto, Calif.

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED's media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit

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Contact Information

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    Margaret Sullivan
    Group SJR for TED
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    Deanna Decker
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    Ryan Polivka
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