The BBC has just released an update to its iOS iPlayer Radio app, adding full-screen views for the iPhone 5, an AirPlay button for one-touch connection to AirPlay or Bluetooth-enabled devices and full available programme listings in search (it was previously limited to 100 results). The update is available to download now.
The BBC is hoping to emulate the success of its iPlayer for TV by launching an iPlayer specifically for radio.
More after the break
iPlayer Radio will take audio content out of the existing BBC iPlayer and offer it as part of a separate service on desktop and mobile.
An iPhone app is available now from the App Store, but apps for other devices, such as Google's Android, aren't ready yet. Key features of the iOS app are:
• A touchscreen dial that allows easy access to all 57 BBC radio stations and their live streams.
• An alarm clock to let you wake up to your favourite BBC Radio station.
• From programme pages you can enjoy catch-up content, video clips, access to BBC podcasts, and for music shows the details of the tracklist.
• You can set programmes alerts to tell you when specific favourite shows are on.
• You can also favourite tracks and share them with friends via email and Twitter.
- The BBC's Daniel Danker, general manager for programmes and on-demand, blamed complications with Flash for the delay in the Android app, but added that discussions are ongoing to resolve the problems.
Mr Danker said other mobile platforms, such as Windows Phone and Blackberry, were not having apps developed.
The new app will mean users will need to download separate iPlayer apps in order to access either television or radio content.
"BBC iPlayer Radio is the platform on which we will develop radio stations as fully multimedia brands so that as well as listen, audiences will be able to watch, share and engage with BBC radio," says Mark Friend, controller of multiplatform and interactive for the BBC's Audio & Music division.
"Our next steps will be to make live radio more interactive, make it easier for people to enjoy the BBC's vast audio archive and strengthen radio's position as the number one place for discovering music in the UK."
The service will incorporate video material as well as social media content from DJs and programme teams.
It will compete with the recently launched UK Radioplayer, which brings together BBC and commercial radio content on the web.
You can read more about the iPlayer Radio in this BBC blog.