I’m pleased to say that today sees the launch of the first BBC iPlayer Radio app for Windows Phone 8 users.

Over the last three months my colleagues and I have been working to bring you a set of features that will help you to enjoy BBC radio on this platform.

These include listening to live radio stations, catching up on radio programmes you’ve missed, finding out information about radio programmes such as what music was played or who the guests were, viewing station schedules and discovering new radio programmes that you might not have come across before.

Some screenshots of how the BBC iPlayer Radio app looks on Windows 8

I know many of you have missed the radio features that are now no longer available in the latest version of BBC iPlayer’s Windows Phone 8 app. For this reason we’ve decided to release an iPlayer Radio version of the app as soon as possible, so Windows Phone 8 users can do key things such as listening live and on demand. This means that some features which are more challenging to build aren’t currently available, such as signing in to your BBC account or listening to catch up programmes for national and local stations. We are working to release these features in the app in the future, and I will keep you posted on our progress.

You can download the app now from the Windows Phone store via this link.

Daniel Bean is Senior Product Manager, BBC iPlayer Radio

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  • Comment number 13. Posted by BrodieUK

    on 31 Jul 2014 22:13

    I had been waiting with anticipation for the replacement radio app after the BBC removed the original iPlayer app.

    Unfortunately the iPlayer Radio app for Window Phone 8 is a serious let down. Is slow, difficult to navigate, requires multiple touch of play to get a show to play, and when it does play it starts buffering making lisdten to the show near impossible.

    Where as on my Android tablet it works fine, and it does via the website on Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 (and that's tethering to the phone where I'm having issues).

    Please please update, or allow us to download shows to listen to offline.

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by LPW

    on 30 Jul 2014 07:48

    Since the recent outage the Programme Updates section of my Windows-based iPlayer Radio favourites profile has been devoid of entries, when before it was populated with the latest entries.

    I have tried multiple BBC iD sign out/sign in routines.
    BUT still the Programme Updates section is devoid of entries with the information line 'No episodes available. Try again later.' and then 'For updates now, add some current programmes.'

    This continues even after me adding current programmes !

    I have also checked the webpages of previously saved favourites.

    They still appear with the 'tick' mark that they have always shown, implying they have been saved as favourites.

    Yet my favourites list remains blank....

    Archive programme appear correctly in the 'Episodes and Clips' section

    So, when will Programme Updates section of my iPlayer Radio favourites profile be restored please ?

    Or what is the existing problem please and a solution ?

    Thanks.

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  • Comment number 11. Posted by paulr

    on 27 Jul 2014 07:18

    Too many pictures, slow to load, and why oh why do I, once I have found the programme I want to listen too, have to press three different play buttons, arrrrgggh! Still only a wrapper and still no download option and like others have commented, bring back the favorite button so I don't have to spend 10 minutes digging down through page after page after page..........

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  • Comment number 10. Posted by Pondgirl

    on 22 Jul 2014 08:00

    It's still not working properly this morning. There's no current music, drama or comedy accessible unless it is from regional stations for some reason.. I can't be bothered to check all categories

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  • Comment number 9. Posted by DBOne

    on 21 Jul 2014 07:32

    @8 BBC iPlayer and the website have had some serious issues all weekend

    https://twitter.com/BBCiPlayerRadio/status/490994424114319361

    and

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28388585

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  • Comment number 8. Posted by HiggsB

    on 20 Jul 2014 22:54

    as far as I can see, now you can see what is on but you can't listen to it unless its live, (I have this unusuall device called a radio for that purpose) and all our favourites have been deleted, its been like this over 24 hours, brilliant update BBC

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  • Comment number 7. Posted by Tweeti

    on 17 Jul 2014 08:26

    @Philip Randell - I'm fairly sure you can listen to any BBC radio channel through your digital television regardless of whether you access iPlayer from it or not. Granted, you can't catch up using this method, but if it's live radio you're wanting to listen to, there's always that option.

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  • Comment number 6. Posted by Paul

    on 14 Jul 2014 19:30

    Thank you.

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  • Comment number 5. Posted by Max Wild

    on 14 Jul 2014 17:31

    Fantastic. Shame it has taken so long but complaining over.
    Will there soon be one for Windows 8 for my PC and Surface RT as well?

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  • Comment number 4. Posted by andyh

    on 12 Jul 2014 17:24

    More on this now as I've started to use it.

    Why do I have to go through so many hoops to listen to the programme I want, it seems to me that it takes me through 3 screens to play the programme I want, not great if you want to listen to programmes through Bluetooth whilst driving. .

    Maybe I'm wrong but I thought a user interface upgrade should make things quicker and easier?

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