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How do I use BBC Sounds on my computer?

Head to the BBC Sounds website

Simply visit on your computer’s internet browser. Here are just some of the things you can do on the website:

  • Listen live and on demand to any BBC Radio station or programme
  • Subscribe to podcasts and programmes
  • Download podcasts
  • Find out what music was played in a programme

The BBC Sounds website is available on supported internet browsers and computer operating systems. To check if you can use the BBC Sounds website on your computer, head to the Can I use BBC Sounds on my computer? page.

Find programmes you’ll love

  • Live Radio

On the BBC Sounds homepage, you’ll see direct links to live streams for all of our Radio stations (click Stations > to see live streams for regional radio stations). Check the How do I listen live? page for more information on listening to live radio on BBC Sounds.

  • Continue Listening

Pick up where you left off with the Continue Listening section, where we’ll keep programmes you’ve started but haven’t finished yet.

  • Recommended for You

We’ll show you programmes and podcasts we think you’ll love in the Recommended for You section on the BBC Sounds homepage.

  • Daily Discovery

Our editorial teams handpick the best music, radio and podcast content that the BBC has to offer. We update these collections regularly so check back often if you're looking for something new to listen to.

With BBC Sounds, you’ve got the breadth of BBC Radio at your fingertips. For more tips on how to find your favourite programmes – and the programmes you haven’t even heard of yet – check the following pages:

Download podcasts so you can listen offline

You can download podcasts from the BBC Sounds website to listen to when you’re not connected to the internet. Check our How do I download podcast episodes on my computer? page for a step-by-step guide on how to do that.

You’ll also be able to transfer downloaded podcasts onto other devices to listen to when you’re on the move. We’ve got more information about that in our Can I transfer podcasts to another device? page.

Remember to sign in

You’ll need to sign in to your BBC account to use BBC Sounds. For help signing in or creating an account, visit our Where can I get help signing in or creating a BBC account? page.

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