BBC Set to Launch Music Streaming Service
In a deal with Spotify, Deezer and YouTube, the BBC has announced plans to unveil its new music iPlayer service “BBC Playlister.”
According to the BBC, the company wanted to create a unified platform for their programs to make it easier for listeners to access old content from its radio, TV and online services that can sometimes be difficult to locate. After creating an account, users will be able to add and save tracks to BBC Playlister, which they can then play through one of the partner companies: Spotify, Deezer or YouTube.
Fans will also be provided with recommended programs and tracks from BBC DJs and presenters to “help fans discover more of the music they would’t have otherwise found, and get inside picks from some of the best experts in the wold.” The first stages of the BBC Playlister are already in place. Users can export playlists and songs from the BBC and listen to the tracks in full. Over time, the BBC says it looks to expand further to make tracks from all their programs available. This includes everything from Lauren Laverne’s Radio 6 Music Show to popular TV programs like Later With Jools Holland.
“BBC Playlister is a wonderful innovation from the BBC that has been designed purely with audience needs in mind. We have a proud musical heritage that dates back to the very beginning of the BBC’s history, and over the years we have found many new ways of bringing fantastic music to our viewers and listeners. Working with partners such as Spotify, YouTube and Deezer, we will once again transform our audiences’ relationship with music and the BBC,” said Tony Hall, BBC Director-General.
Try out the new BBC Playlister here.
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