PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 14, 2012) - TuneIn, the leading service for listening to music, sports and news streams from around the world, announced the launch of its dedicated Christmas channel, featuring over 250 free holiday stations and programs, spanning the globe from the U.S. to Iceland, Brazil and Armenia. Listeners can get in to the holiday spirit with great music programmed by popular tastemakers from all over the world from stations such as North Pole Radio, Ho Ho Ho Radio, Christmas Jazz, Radio Snowflake in the U.K., Tinsel & Tunes, Naughty Santa, and Rudolph Radio.
"Our listeners love holiday music so much so that holiday content starts to become popular on TuneIn as early as June, with engagement ramping up heavily in October and continuing well into the new year," said John Donham, CEO, TuneIn.
TuneIn took survey of its over 40 million monthly active listeners' most searched-for holiday artists and songs. Legendary crooner Bing Crosby took the top spot as the most searched-for holiday artist, and his song "White Christmas" took first place as the most searched-for holiday song. Rounding out the top 5 searched-for holiday songs is "All I Want For Christmas (Is You)," "The Christmas Song," "Let It Snow," and "Blue Christmas" while Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra and Andy Williams took the remaining slots for top 5 most searched-for artists around the holidays.
The audio service also uncovered surprising holiday listening habits, both globally and at the state level in the U.S. The U.S., Canada and Japan lead the globe in Christmas listening while at the state level, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan display higher than average TuneIn listening when it comes to streaming holiday music.
Listeners can continue their TuneIn holiday music experience on TuneIn on over 200 different platforms including smartphone apps, connected vehicle dashboards, Internet home entertainment systems and online at www.tunein.com.
TuneIn lets people listen to the world's music, sports, talk and news from wherever they are, with over 70,000 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 recently raised more venture funding from Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures, Jafco Ventures and General Catalyst Partners and is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif.