Mobile downloads launches on BBC iPlayer Radio for the start of the BBC Proms

With over 860m requests for radio streams across all devices on BBC iPlayer Radio in 2014, we’re thrilled to bring offline listening to our audiences. We know this is something they’ve been asking for and we have been working hard to make it possible.Andrew Scott, General Manager of Product, Radio & Music, BBC Digital
Date: 14.07.2015     Last updated: 14.07.2015 at 00.00
For the first time ever, radio and music lovers will be able to download BBC Proms and BBC radio programmes in full to their smartphone or tablet for free, listen to them offline, and keep them to enjoy for up to 30 days on the BBC iPlayer Radio app.

The update, rolling out this week, means fans can listen to BBC radio programmes anywhere, even when out of range of a Wi-Fi or 3G/4G signal; on the underground, planes, at the beach, or any location where internet access is beyond reach.

Programmes downloaded in the UK can be enjoyed for up to 30 days. Audiences can even take the likes of the BBC Proms - which launches on Friday 17 July - Radio 1’s Essential Mix, Jo Whiley and Jamie Cullum’s Radio 2 shows and a host of Radio 4 drama, comedy or factual series with them on holiday.

There are three simple steps for users to download and enjoy radio offline:

  • Install the latest BBC iPlayer Radio app on their iOS, Android or Kindle smartphone or tablet
  • Tap the ‘Download’ option on the programme they want to save - the programme will be added to their download queue and downloaded whenever the device is connected to Wi-Fi
  • Listen and enjoy

Radio listeners can add multiple programmes to download. Once downloaded, programmes can then be accessed from the Downloads option within the menu.

Andrew Scott, General Manager of Product, Radio & Music, BBC Digital, says: “With over 860m requests for radio streams across all devices on BBC iPlayer Radio in 2014, we’re thrilled to bring offline listening to our audiences. We know this is something they’ve been asking for and we have been working hard to make it possible. Now they will have more choice than ever to listen to their favourite programmes, with all downloads available for 30 days and no need to worry about mobile data limits.”

Mark Friend, Controller of Radio & Music Multiplatform, BBC Radio, says: “The spectacular success of the BBC’s podcasts, with around 70 million downloads in May, shows that people want to download high-quality audio to listen to at their convenience. Extending this to make almost all of the BBC’s radio programmes downloadable, including Comedy, Music and Drama, will delight our audience who have been asking for this. From The Proms and the Essential Mix to Just A Minute and Afternoon Drama, things won’t be the same again with your favourite BBC shows at your fingertips and easy to listen to on the move.”

Mobile downloads launches for the start of the world’s largest classical music festival, the BBC Proms, where almost all the Radio 3 broadcasts of the eight week festival - featuring the world’s greatest orchestras, conductors and soloists - will be available to download to enjoy for up to 30 days. Other highlights across the BBC’s radio stations include:

  • BBC Radio 1 - The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw, Radio 1’s Live Lounge hosted by Clara Amfo, Annie Mac’s weekday evening show and Radio 1’s Essential Mix
  • BBC Radio 1Xtra - 1Xtra Breakfast with Twin B and Yasmin Evans, along with Trevor Nelson's, Sarah-Jane Crawford's, Charlie Sloth's and Mistajam’s shows
  • BBC Radio 2 - Sounds Of The 50s With Leo Green, Quatrophonic, The Art Of Artists , David Rodigan's Summer Series Of Reggae as well as Jo Whiley's and Jamie Cullum’s shows
  • BBC Radio 3 - In Tune, Late Junction, Composer Of The Week and Essential Classics as well as Private Passions, World On 3 and the station’s jazz strands
  • BBC Radio 4 - Almost all of Radio 4’s 13,500 programmes per year, including drama and comedy such as Just A Minute, Dilemma and The Unbelievable Truth - as well as one-off documentaries and factual series
  • BBC Radio 5 Live - Wake Up To Money, Mayo And Kermode’s Film Review, The Hit List with Emma Barnett and John Pienaar’s Politics
  • BBC Radio 6 Music - The Craig Charles Funk And Soul Show, Jarvis Cocker's Sunday Service – Sparks Sit In, Iggy Pop and The Tom Robinson Show
  • BBC Asian Network - Asian Network Presents along with shows from Saima Ajram, Bobby Friction, Ray Khan and Nadia Ali
  • Programmes from across the BBC’s Local and Nations radio stations

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