BBC iPlayer Radio app on Windows 8 phones

Monday 7 July 2014, 17:48

Daniel Bean Daniel Bean Senior Product Manager

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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.

wp8_blog_composite (2).jpg 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 1.

    Ok thanks for the new radio app but is it just me or is there no favourites feature?

    All I want is to be able to listen to my favourite shows and for them to automatically tell me when they're available like the old app used to do. It seems that all the good ideas have been abandoned in the rush to give us a new and in my opinion less functional experience.

    Please just bring the old app back it was much better than this.

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    Comment number 2.

    "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."

    There are already a number of apps out there which we can use for live radio and 'on demand" isn't worth having if it does not work.

    Sacrificing functionality for ? (we're yet to find that out) would be commercial suicide. It's a shame all the business analysts that now seem to flood this area of the BBC have not been able to extend some lateral thinking toward financing what WAS a great product.

    Depleting your user base is not good business. I use "tune-in radio" for live broadcasts and only approach the radio iplayer to see if there is any improvement in function.

    Sadly, to date there is nothing to report.

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    Comment number 3.

    It is all very well putting the iplayer onto phones, but what I miss, is being able to listen to radio through the tv, in the comfort of my living room and with decent sound. I may be in the minority here, but I'm sure many miss this facility.

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    Comment number 4.

    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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    Comment number 5.

    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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