THE BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION (BBC) announced the launch of BBC Iplayer Radio today, a dedicated radio app available on PCs, smartphones and tablets.
Set to arrive on IOS tomorrow with an Android app to follow soon after, the BBC's dedicated radio application will soon phase out the radio services on the existing Iplayer app.
Besting the present BBC Iplayer app, Iplayer Radio sports a virtual dial on the touchscreen, enabling users to flick between any of the BBC's 57 radio stations or play back on-demand content. There's also an alarm clock feature that lets you set your favourite station as your wakeup call - although you'll have to leave the app open overnight, so we'd recommend keeping your charger plugged in.
"We are really excited about the smartphone application," said Andrew Scott, head of radio at the BBC.
"We've worked hard on the user experience, and believe that we've built an application which people will find fun and easy to use, and which we hope is just a great way of listening to the radio."
The app also comes with options to set reminders when your favourite show is about to begin, to flag favourite tracks and to share what you're listening to via Twitter. Customised content from individual DJs will added over the coming months, according to the BBC.
The BBC Iplayer Radio app will be available to download from the Itunes store tomorrow, although there won't be a dedicated Ipad app from launch. The BBC has said it will be accessible only in the UK, which is not good news for Fearne Cotton fans in the US, if such people exist. µ