I know onkyo ditched vtiner and went with TuneIn radio
Yes, I saw that. That was a good move on Onkyo's part. If anything else goes wrong with my Yamaha, I'll be seriously looking at Onkyo's receivers now.
It seems obvious to me that nobody's minding the store at vTuner. There are so many things wrong with it, it's not even worth listing them all. It's 2016. Integrated streaming support for internet radio, and podcasts, shouldn't be as clunky as vTuner is.
Yes, I could always just send the audio from appropriate applications on my laptop or smartphone. But if I'm buying a new receiver that has support for the same content, it would be nice if it didn't suck as badly as vTuner does.
Yamaha should really revisit their "partnership" with this service, and replace them with another one that cares. I have no doubt TuneIn Radio on the Onkyo is much better than this.