BBC iPlayer Radio replaced by BBC Sounds


The web version of the BBC’s iPlayer Radio is being shut down and will be replaced by the BBC Sounds app which rolls radio, music and podcasts in a single location. There is also a web version of BBC Sounds.

As is now compulsory with any brand change, new @BBCSounds Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts have been created.

Dan Taylor-Watt, the head of BBC iPlayer & BBC Sounds, has also published a lengthy blog outlining the changes. “[W]e’re deliberately taking an iterative approach to developing BBC Sounds, enabling us to improve the product in response to your feedback and how you use it,” he writes. “Whilst well-established as best-practice in software development, this approach is an adjustment for some people using the app.” He adds that a user survey based around the first incarnation of the BBC Sounds app found that downloads and schedules were the two most requested features. Downloads were added in September and now they are joined by schedules. Taylor-Watt adds that further changes to the app and web version are planned but these have not yet been confirmed.

Eamonn Forde

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