BBC Builds Out Its iPlayer Empire With iPlayer Radio, New iOS And Web Apps For Radio Service

8 Oct

TechCrunch

Another digital step forward for the UK’s BBC today, this time involving the corporation’s radio assets: the state-owned broadcaster today is launching iPlayer Radio a new, integrated mobile web and desktop app, along with a new standalone iPlayer Radio iOS app, significantly ramping up the functionality of its radio business on digital platforms with more video, better navigation and improved on-demand options. The web app will be universally available — that is, across multiple mobile and desktop platforms, and all geographies — while the native app experience for now will be restricted to iPhone and iPad devices, and the UK only. All services, for now, are totally free to use.

But contrary to one report that came out last week, the BBC is not launching any music downloading or on-demand track streaming services with Spotify, Deezer or any of the other providers working in that area. That…

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