Get tunein

Get tunein

Holy crap, I had no idea how great/useful Tunein was. I created a free tunein account at, used that userid/password in the Tesla tunein app screen.

I now have access to thousands of radio stations from around the world and locally, and podcasts, and on and on.

I'm surprised Tesla hasn't made it more obvious that this feature is built in!

Sudre_ | April 22, 2013

I almost thought this was spam.... then I noticed it was shop! I will have to look into this.

shop | April 22, 2013

Sorry, it did sound like a commercial!

DouglasR | April 22, 2013

I thought it was well known, just like Slacker. I never had to create an account or password. Tunein just worked.

shop | April 22, 2013

Hmm - do you have a userid/password in the tunein section of the Music app? Maybe they missed putting in a tunein user/pass for me, since I never had tunein until I put in a user/pass.

DouglasR | April 22, 2013

@shop - I'll need to go out and check, but my recollection is that there is no place in the app to put in a password. I got my car in early December, so maybe it has changed.

Anyway, I'll check. I may be completely wrong.

riceuguy | April 22, 2013

Wow...shocked people didn't know about it! Here's a little bonus...CNN (TV) is simulcast on TuneIn. Between Slacker and TuneIn, there's no way XM is getting my money!

DouglasR | April 22, 2013

Well, I was wrong. On Controls/Settings/Apps/Music, there is indeed a place to enter a username and password. However, in my case, the fields are both empty, and the app shows me as not logged in. Yet Tunein has always worked.

@shop, did you actually try to listen to Tunein before you entered the username and password? You say you never had Tunein until you put in the user/pass. Does that mean there was no Tunein tab under Music/Browse/Internet? If you erase the login information and reboot your touchscreen, I wonder whether Tunein will still work.

riceuguy | April 22, 2013

@DouglasR, I wouldn't swear by it, but I believe adding the user name and password simply lets you build station lists, etc. on your PC or other devices so that your phone, car, etc. all share your favorites. I don't think there's any advantage to TuneIn premium in the car (on your phone you can pause, "record," etc.)

jat | April 22, 2013

TuneIn has worked for me without me doing anything. I used it to listen to NCAA basketball.

shop | April 22, 2013

I was pretty sure that I couldn't see tunein in my Internet list until i Put in a tunein user/pass. Maybe my particular installation had a glitch. FWIW, I can pause a tunein radio channel on the Tesla.

Robert22 | April 22, 2013

Funny, just mentioned this on another recent read thread "Feature request...."

Robert22 | April 22, 2013

Edit: - read

scoops | April 23, 2013

I was very pleased to see TuneIn integration when I read the specs of the Model S. I use the app on my phone every day. It is fantastic to use and allows me to listen to my local radio station when I drive out of the area. I also use it to listen to the national BBC Radio 5 Live station which broadcasts on AM and the radio reception can be awful most of the time. Switch to TuneIn and I get DAB quality. It also allows me to listen to the excellent BBC Radio Merseyside when I'm abroad. Better than a radio!

I would like to see more developers being given the opportunity to be on the Tesla platform, Podcast App Downcast would be very much welcome.

Steve_W | April 23, 2013

Tunein works without a username or password. The premium version allows you to record programs and play it later. I have the premium on my iphone, but the recording feature does not work on the car app.

nickjhowe | April 24, 2013

As a Brit in the US I love Tunein. Listen to BBC Radio 4 in the car all the time.

mcptwo | April 24, 2013

Please explain this to me. I now have Tunein on my iPhone and it bluetooth's to the Tesla the same as playing music off my iPhone.

Is there any way to make it an app on the Tesla? Or is it dependent on the iPhone?

I suppose I am looking forward to the Tesla touch screen becoming like an iPad with a myriad of apps available to chose from.

And since Tesla has a partnership with Panasonic, Toyota and Mercedes, why not partner with Apple for the 17 inch touch screen?

riceuguy | April 24, 2013

@mcp, it is under the media tab, under "Internet"...TuneIn is an app available on the Tesla, albeit not as full featured as the phone versions!

Brant | April 24, 2013

I tried it today for the 1st time
Was listening to NPR this morning on FM
Changed to NPR on TuneIn
Quickly changed it back to FM because the audio quality was better

shop | April 24, 2013

My experience listening to a music station was that the difference wasn't that noticeable. Of course, every Internet radio station can stream their broadcasts at different data rates, so maybe the NPR Internet channel was optimized for talk and not music and so had a lower data rate.

FM HD certainly is nice. Here is San Diego, my FM reception goes in and out of HD frequently with all the hills, so I get quite an A/B comparison between regular FM and FM HD. Wow, I had no idea regular FM was so lousy :-)

DouglasR | April 24, 2013

I can't remember whether it is Slacker or Tunein, but one of them lets you adjust audio quality based on cellular signal strength received by the car.

Robert22 | April 24, 2013

If you park in a garage with fluorescent lighting the FM quality deteriorates pretty quickly when entering the garage. Using tune-in spares one the static.

hademarco | April 24, 2013

Thanks for the tip guys. I didn't know about tunein until this post.

m10b | May 28, 2015

Bumping an old thread here. I can listen to Tune In Radio, but I wanted to find specific stations and podcasts so I made my own account and added favorites. In my car I can't successfully log into my Tune In account despite numerous attempts though I'm certain I'm entering the information correctly (I can log in to the account on my phone with the same information.
Anyone have a suggestion?

neuroman | May 28, 2015

I have a tunein account & can login on my computer but can't login when in my car ... get a user/password error in the car... anyone else have this issue?

hcwhy | May 28, 2015

I don't need to log in to get either slacker or tunein.....and they're both prett is amazing. I just hit internet in audio and choose which one I want. The car's always been this way, but the service center might have set it up for me when I took possession of the car over a year ago...I really don't remember. A call to Tesla should be all it takes...and definitely worth it!

hcwhy | May 28, 2015

oops....both pretty amazing...

klaus | June 1, 2015

I also cannot login to my TuneIn account from the Tesla app. My credentials works fine elsewhere, except in the Tesla. Sucks cause I wanted to access some stations that I follow.

martin | June 2, 2015

Just got my car and setting it up. I also can not login. Works fine on pc and phone. Would like to sync station list between devices.

kj_pa | June 12, 2015

Ditto here on the login - can log in on phone while i am in the car, but not through the Tesla interface. Would be nice to not have to click through to find my stations

mapa | June 21, 2015

Same with my brand new S85D . I can login tunein elsewhere. But my Model S keeps on complaining about a bad username or password. What a pity . Was this meant to work? Is this working in general?


Bighorn | June 21, 2015

TuneIn works without a visible log in. Slacker shows credentials, though masked. If you're interested in using a different, private account in the car, there seems to be an issue with the sign in process.

sorka95032 | June 21, 2015

The tune in credentials have always been blank in mine, not masked but empty.

txakoli | June 21, 2015

I had a Tunein account before I received my 85 in Sept. 2014. When I received my car, I simply logged in using my Tunein ID and PW and my favorites appeared. When I changed my favorites on my phone or laptop, I simply logged off Tunein in the car, logged back in, and my changes appeared.

In the last month, I made a change to my favorites on my laptop. When I then logged off Tunein in the car, I couldn't log back in. Same message as previous posts. Rebooting didn't help. Stranger still, the changes I made were there.


Methinks there may be a bug in one of the later updates.

rjp | July 20, 2015

Same problem here...

hcwhy | July 20, 2015

I've been having problems with Tunein for the past week.

EnglishGuy | September 26, 2015

Not sure whether they fixed it or I did something different, but now I can use my regular (non-premium) credentials in the car and my TuneIn favorites are back. However, where the Settings screen asked for "Email Address" I used my "username" (not email address). That worked and all is good again in the world.

rogerhall59 | September 26, 2015

I installed Pandora on my s. I then noticed that my navigation maps were loading more slowly until they didn't load at all. Went to the service station in Dublin and they told me Pandora was using too much band width. They removed Pandora and the map function is back to normal. I wonder if Tunein would have the same impact?

PBEndo | September 26, 2015

How did you install Pandora on your S?