Podcasts in the BBC iPlayer Radio App

Monday 30 September 2013, 13:51

James Simcock James Simcock Executive Producer

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With over 3 million downloads and counting, the BBC iPlayer Radio app (now available on iOS, Android and Amazon devices) is evolving.  Since we first launched the app, we’ve been listening closely to audience feedback with a view to make continuous improvements to the apps. I’m proud to say that we’ve now implemented the single most requested new feature – podcast downloads.

This means that you can grab a copy of your favourite podcasts to listen to on or offline, straight from the app.  We’ve added simple controls to choose whether to allow downloads when on mobile networks or just on WiFi (to avoid data charges), to ‘queue’ as many downloads as you like, and to manage your downloaded content quickly and easily via the new ‘My Downloads’ section of the app.  You’ll find this new section in the ‘More’ menu on iOS devices, and in the main menu on Android and Amazon devices.  Android users will also be able to keep a clear overview of download activity along with a quick play option via the notifications bar.


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You can choose from a plethora of podcasts so whether you like to listen to scintillating science programmes, new or archive Desert Island Discs, the best of this week’s comedy, the latest news and reviews, sport highlights or hot new music suggestions from your favourite DJs – you will find something to engage your eardrums whether you have mobile signal or not.

For more information on where we are with full programme downloads please see this BBC Trust note

I’d love to hear your feedback, via app store comments, our twitter account (@BBCiPlayerRadio) or by email (radiofeedback@bbc.co.uk) or by comments on this post.

Happy listening!

James Simcock is Executive Producer Mobile, BBC Radio & Music Interactive

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    Comment number 1.

    James. This is excellent news. Particularly for people who travel on trains that go through tunnels...

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    Comment number 2.

    This is a great feature - but I was disappointed that it only includes the associated podcasts of a programme, and not the programme itself. For example, I can download Steve Wright's best of the guests podcast, but NOT the Steve Wright show itself. This feature has existed since the beginning for TV shows, and I thought the BBC Trust gave approval for it in May this year. Any news on when full programme downloads are coming?

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    Comment number 3.

    Well done Slimcock proud of ya!. Will be using it to DL people's songs. Give Marconie a hug from me, amazing series

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    Comment number 4.

    I might be missing something obvious here, but I can't see any way to subscribe to a podcast - only how to manually download individual episodes. Is there a way of just having it download each new episode of a series as it comes along, as would be normal for a podcast client?

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    Comment number 5.

    Please hurry up and get full programme downloads in to replace the functionality and convenience lost when the BBC Jackboots stomped on the Radio Downloader application.

    The Public funds the programmes. BBC lawyers reduce public's mobile access to the programmes we fund. The Public loses.

    "Next year" really isn't good enough. You should have left Radio Downloader alone until you could replace its functionality.

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    Comment number 6.

    Great to see this, as _Ewan_ points out above, it would be even better if there was *subscribe* option like the one found in DoggCatcher et al http://www.doggcatcher.com

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    Comment number 7.

    I agree with _Ewan_, while welcome, as far as I can see, this is a "Download" not a "PodCast" facility. The two are not the same, and James, you guys at the BBC must know this. By, I assume deliberately, conflating the two you make using iPlayer more opaque than need be, particularly as it includes menu options for both 'PodCasts' and 'My Downloads'. For example; I have just waisted a good half an hour or more trying to set up a PodCast of the forthcoming Reith Lectures, which unless I am mistaken, cannot be done.


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