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BBC launches new one-stop audio app

The BBC has unveiled a new app that combines all of its audio services.

BBC Sounds brings together the broadcaster's live radio streams with on-demand radio, music and podcasts into a single personalised app with 80,000 hours of audio available.

The app has become available on Apple, Google and Amazon appstores in the UK. 

Announcing the new app, Dan Taylor-Watt, head of the iPlayer and BBC Sounds revealed the following functionality in the first version of the new app:

  • Scroll the dial (as on the BBC iPlayer Radio app) to listen live to any of the BBC’s 18 national stations (and online-only station CBeebies Radio) or tap All Stations to listen to any of the BBC’s 40 local stations
  • Pick up where you left off with ‘Continue Listening’ which surfaces part-listened podcasts and radio shows and next episodes for you
  • Enjoy hand-picked collections of podcasts and on demand music shows to match your mood, from Funny Chat to Upgrade Your Life, from Live Sessions to Dance Mixes
  • Discover new audio via the ‘Recommended for you’ section, with a dozen great on demand listens picked just for you and constantly refreshed based on your listening
  • Browse by category: from Crime to Science & Technology, from Classical to Hip Hop
  • Add any individual episode or clip to ‘My List’ to listen to later
  • Subscribe to any podcast or programme and get a personalised feed of the latest episodes in ‘My Sounds’

The functionality to download programmes for offline listening is expected later this year.