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BBC launch BBC Playlister - a new digital audio service

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The BBC has announced the launch of a new service called BBC Playlister. Taking its’ cues from the likes of iTunes and Spotify, the new feature will allow users to create playlists from audio content across the BBC’s numerous platforms.

People will then be able to export the playlist they have created to one of the corporation’s digital partners (which include Spotify and Youtube) where they will slot straight in and play the songs in question.

This service promises to be more than just a reworked radio player. It will include the option to stream music played in programmes – so for example if you’re wondering what that song playing in the background of Eastenders is – you will have access to it. If a salsa in Strictly has taken your fancy – you can stream it as audio.

The Playlister will also feature the audio from music programmes and radio shows as well as featuring recommendations from BBC radio DJ’s and presenters – something that will no doubt lead to a flurry of ‘guest recommendations’ from big names across entertainment. Perhaps a sort of digital Desert Island Discs.

The first stage of BBC playlister is set to be rolled out in the coming days on computers and on mobile browsers. The planned integration with the iPlayer radio app is set to follow in the months following the initial launch

Tony Hall, the new BBC Director General said: "BBC Playlister is a wonderful innovation from the BBC that has been designed purely with audience needs in mind. 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. Working with partners such as Spotify, YouTube and Deezer, we will once again transform our audiences’ relationship with music and the BBC."

Radio 1 where footage from major events and high profile studio interviews will also be broadcast.

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