BBC reveals new Playlister digital music service

  • 8 October 2013
  • From the section Music
Tony Hall

The BBC has revealed plans for its new Playlister music service, which will allow people to tag and stream tracks they hear on TV, radio and online.

Audiences will be able to add and save songs they hear on the BBC to a personal online playlist.

These can then be exported to YouTube, Spotify and Deezer, where they will be able to hear the tracks in full.

BBC Director General Tony Hall said it was "a wonderful innovation... designed purely with audience needs in mind".

Listeners will also be able to get recommendations from DJs and presenters, which the BBC said would help music fans discover new artists.

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"We have a proud musical heritage that dates back to the very beginning of the BBC's history and over the years we have found many new ways of bringing fantastic music to our viewers and listeners," added Lord Hall.

"Working with partners such as Spotify, YouTube and Deezer, we will once again transform our audiences' relationship with music and the BBC."

There are plans to start working with other music streaming services in the future.

The first stage of BBC Playlister will be launched in the next few days on PC and mobile, with developments like DJ recommendations to follow.

BBC Playlister will be available in the UK and throughout the world.

BBC Broadcasting House

In his first major speech as head of the corporation, Lord Hall also announced a new BBC One +1 service and said the next-generation BBC iPlayer would extend its catch-up window from seven days to 30.

A new service, BBC Store, will also allow people in the UK to buy, watch and keep a selection of BBC shows.

Yesterday Radio 1 announced it would get its own channel on BBC iPlayer.

The station said the move would allow fans to watch exclusive performances and interviews not broadcast anywhere else.

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