BBC launches new radio and podcast app
October 31, 2018
The BBC has officially launched BBC Sounds, their radio and audio app, which "brings together 80,000 hours of unmissable music, radio and podcasts, available live and on-demand in a personalised single app and website". The app is only available for download in the UK; the BBC didn't supply detail of when it might be available for the rest of the world. The website is, however, available to all - though some content is geo-locked.
BBC Sounds includes a limited selection of third-party podcasts, with six podcasts highlighted in the press release - none of which were actually available through the app when we, and others, checked. We asked about the criteria for inclusion, and whether these third-party podcasts included advertising. The BBC didn't respond to our questions. We estimate the BBC to be the world's second-largest podcast publisher.
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