Frequently Asked Questions

BBC Playlister — the basics

Using BBC Playlister

Listening via our export partners

How we'll treat your data

Our export partners — the small print

BBC Playlister — the basics

What is BBC Playlister?

BBC Playlister is a quick, simple way to find and keep track of the music you love.

Any time you hear a piece of music you love on the BBC, hit the “add to Playlister” button and that track will be waiting in Playlister for you to enjoy later.

As well as building up your own personal playlist of tracks, you can export and listen to them on your chosen music service. And discover more new music with recommendations from across the BBC.

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Why is there a BBC Playlister space in Spotify?

It’s where you can find and listen to your tracks once you’ve exported them to Spotify.

And it’s the place to find handcrafted playlists from across the BBC. From Zane Lowe’s Hottest Records to Radio 3’s Classical Collection, you’ll find playlists to suit a wide range of mood and tastes.

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Why do you ask me to sign in to add tracks?

We ask you to sign in so you can add music from any device, and see your own Playlist wherever you are. So whatever you add on your computer will show up on your mobile or tablet (and vice versa).

In future you’ll also be able to synch up your playlist with your account on Spotify. So every time you add another track, it will automatically get added to your Spotify account. And it will mean we can give you better music recommendations that are more tailored to you.

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Why do I have to be 16 or over to export tracks?

On the BBC, we sometimes play edited versions of tracks with explicit content removed. That means things like swear words and sexual references.

However, third parties like Spotify and YouTube and Deezer may offer the unedited versions of such tracks. We need to be sure you’re 16 or over and warn you that you may hear the unedited versions.

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Can I use any music services other than Spotify, YouTube and Deezer?

We’re working with Spotify, YouTube and Deezer for the launch of BBC Playlister and will be adding other music services as time goes on. In the meantime, you can get a text list of your playlist and then search for them on any music service you choose.

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Can anyone else see my playlist?

No, your playlist is private to you. If you’d like to share your playlist you can get a text-only list of your tracks and email this to a friend.

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Can I have more than one playlist?

Not right now but you might be able to in the future. Watch this space.

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How can I get a text list of my playlist?

You can "Download PDF Playlist" or "Print your Playlist" on the "Your Playlist" page.

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Can I use BBC Playlister in the iPlayer Radio mobile app?

Yes, you can add tracks from live and on-demand programmes in the iPlayer Radio mobile app. You can also access the BBC Playlister homepage in the app by tapping "More" and then hitting "Playlister".

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Using BBC Playlister

How can I sign in to BBC iD?

You can sign in or register to BBC iD on any BBC page. It’s fast and free! Just look for “Sign in” at the top of the page. You can also sign in to the BBC using your Facebook or Google details.

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00:53 Watch video: How to sign up

Where can I add a track from?

You can add tracks across the BBC wherever you see the “add to Playlister” button.

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00:53 Watch video: How to add tracks

How do I follow presenters?

You can follow a presenter by going to the Presnters page via the main Playlister navigation. Once there you can follow a presenter by clicking on the "follow a presenter" button

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00:46 Watch video: How to follow presenters

Can I use BBC Playlister in the iPlayer Radio mobile app?

Yes, you can add tracks from live and on-demand programmes in the iPlayer Radio mobile app. You can also access the BBC Playlister homepage in the app by tapping "More" and then hitting "Playlister".

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00:50 Watch video: How to use on mobile

How can I find new tracks to add to my playlist?

Radio station playlists and show track listings are a great place to find songs to add. Just look out for the “add to Playlister” button next to tracks.

And the BBC Playlister “Discover” section also plenty of tracks you can add too. Just look out for the “add to Playlister” button alongside the tracks played during programmes.

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Can I add tracks from my favourite TV programmes?

Yes, where they’re listed. Search for the show in our programmes page to see if the music played is listed.

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How can I find Playlister in Spotify?

You can find us in the Spotify app if it is installed on your computer or you can find it in the Spotify web player.

In case you’re interested, Playlister in Spotify uses a SPOTIFY PLATFORM API (Application Programming Interface). Spotify is the registered trademark of the Spotify Group. Spotify’s intellectual property rights have been made available by the Spotify Service through its API. The track metadata in the application comes from Spotify.

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How can I leave feedback about BBC Playlister?

We’re always looking to improve Playlister, so please email your feedback to BBCPlaylister@bbc.co.uk or contact us on Twitter: @BBCPlaylister.

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Listening via our export partners

Does the BBC have any financial arrangement with Spotify, YouTube and Deezer?

No, no money is changing hands between us and Spotify, YouTube or Deezer.

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Why do I have to export my tracks to listen to them in full?

The BBC doesn’t own the necessary rights to the tracks we play. So we’re not allowed to play the tracks in full on demand.

Instead we’re working with Spotify, YouTube and Deezer to let you export and listen to your tracks in full on these services. As time goes on we’ll also be working with other music services so you can export your playlist to these too.

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What does “Export Your Playlist” mean?

This lets you transfer your playlist to Spotify, YouTube or Deezer so you can listen to it in full. You’ll need an account with whichever service you choose, which you can set up quickly and easily during the export process.

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Do I need an account with Spotify, YouTube or Deezer?

To just make a playlist with the BBC, no. But to export and listen to tracks in full, yes, you’ll need an account with Spotify, YouTube or Deezer.

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Why can’t I get all my tracks in Spotify, YouTube or Deezer?

Some of the tracks we play on the BBC aren’t available on Spotify, YouTube or Deezer. This might be because a track has not yet been released, in which case it should become available once it comes out. Or it could just be that a track we’ve played doesn’t feature in the Spotify, YouTube or Deezer song library. In which case, congratulations on having such interesting musical tastes!

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Why am I getting the wrong tracks when I export my Playlist?

When you export your playlist to Spotify, YouTube or Deezer they do a search based on each track title and artist. If they can’t find the right track they’ll sometimes bring up something with a similar title or artist name.

In some cases this might bring up a different version of the same track, or a different track by the same artist. So, you never know, you might even stumble on something new.

Also bear in mind that your music provider may not find exact matches for any classical choices you export. The BBC commissions performances of pieces that are unique to particular radio or TV broadcasts and your provider will not have these. Instead you’ll get an approximate match based on the composer and work.

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How we’ll treat your data

How will the BBC and Spotify use my information?

BBC Playlister will share your tracks with your Spotify account.

The BBC will keep your information secure and not share with anyone else without your express permission in accordance with the BBC’s Privacy and Cookies Policy.

Spotify’s Privacy Policies and Terms & Conditions may differ from the BBC’s and allow them to use your information for their own purposes. Spotify’s use of cookies are handled in accordance with its own Cookies Policy. These Policies and Terms and Conditions apply when you are on Spotify’s website or application, or streaming music through Spotify.

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How will the BBC and YouTube use my information?

BBC Playlister will manage your YouTube account to create a playlist and add tracks.

You will have to create a public profile in order to export your playlist to YouTube.

The BBC will keep your information secure and not share with anyone else without your express permission in accordance with the BBC’s Privacy and Cookies Policy.

YouTube’s Privacy Policies and Terms & Conditions may differ from the BBC’s and allow them to use your information for their own purposes. YouTube’s use of cookies are handled in accordance with its own Cookies Policy. These Policies and Terms and Conditions apply when you are on YouTube’s website or streaming music through YouTube.

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How will the BBC and Deezer use my information?

BBC Playlister will manage your Deezer account to create a playlist and add tracks.

The BBC will keep your information secure and not share it with anyone else without your express permission, in accordance with the BBC’s Privacy and Cookies Policy.

Deezer’s Privacy Policies and Terms & Conditions may differ from the BBC’s and allow them to use your information for their own purposes. Deezer’s use of cookies is handled in accordance with its own Cookies Policy. These Policies and Terms & Conditions apply when you are on Deezer’s website or streaming music through Deezer.

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Our export partners — the small print

Terms and conditions for exporting to Spotify

BBC Playlister will share your tracks with your Spotify account.

While the BBC occasionally plays edited versions of tracks with strong language removed, Spotify may play unedited versions.

Playback from Spotify may contain adverts. These are not from the BBC.

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Terms and conditions for exporting to YouTube

This will export the last 200 tracks you added.

BBC Playlister will manage your YouTube account to create a playlist and add tracks.

While the BBC occasionally plays edited versions of tracks with strong language removed, YouTube may play unedited versions.

Playback from YouTube may contain adverts. These are not from the BBC.

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Terms and conditions for exporting to Deezer

BBC Playlister will manage your Deezer account to create a playlist and add tracks. Your Playlister playlist will be publicly available on Deezer unless you set it to private in your Deezer account.

While the BBC occasionally plays edited versions of tracks with strong language removed, Deezer may play unedited versions.

Playback from Deezer may contain adverts. These are not from the BBC.

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What does manage my account mean?

It means the BBC can temporarily access your account to add tracks to it.

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