Wednesday, June 27, 2018

BBC launches new app aggregating its audio output | UNLIMITED | CMU


Your good mates over there at the BBC yesterday unveiled a new app called BBC Sounds. It’s basically an evolution of the existing BBC RadioPlayer app, but with more personalisation, and an experience perhaps more akin to an on-demand music service.

BBC Sounds aggregates the Corporation’s radio stations and programmes, as well as music output like sessions and mixes, plus all the BBC-made podcasts, and presents them all in one place. There are recommendations, the option to subscribe to programmes or podcasts, and mood-based as well as genre categories.

In a blog post announcing the new app – which is available from the Apple, Google and Amazon app stores – the head of BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds, Dan Taylor-Watt, writes: “Over the past year or so we’ve talked a lot about how we need to reinvent the BBC for a new generation”.

He goes on: “Every user’s experience of BBC Sounds will be unique as it’s designed to learn from your listening habits, providing one-tap access to the latest episodes of your favourite BBC podcasts and radio shows and introducing you to new audio you wouldn’t otherwise have discovered from the 80,000 – yes, really! – hours available”.

So, do you think that means ‘sounds’ is going to become the new catch-all term to refer to audio content, whether radio, podcast or music-based? On the off chance it is, don’t forget to tap into these CMU ‘sounds’.


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