BBC Releases Music App Touting Curated Playlists, Spotify Integration

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The BBC Broadcasting house in London.

The app also gives fans a chance to stream live performances from the Beeb.

The British Broadcasting Corporation has announced the release of the BBC Music mobile and tablet app for iOS and Android, bringing currated playlists, exclusive live performances and interviews all under one digital roof. The free app, currently unlisted where fine apps are sold, is a direct descendant of BBC Playlister and leans heavily on personalization functions like recommendations based on favorite songs, custom audio feeds and curated playlists from BBC shows and presenters.

Two notable features include a search function that allows listeners to find any track played on BBC Radio in the past seven days, and the ability to export music lists from the app directly to Spotify, YouTube and Deezer. "Simply add a song to 'My Tracks’ and select a streaming partner by tapping their logo," the BBC explained in their announcement.

"The BBC Music app lets you get straight to the music you love, from In Concert and Live Lounge sessions to Jools Holland, with the tap of a button," said BBC Music director Bob Shannon. "This is just the start for us, and we want to hear from users over time to make the BBC Music app the best that it can be, so they can enjoy music from across the BBC -- whenever and wherever they are."

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The BBC said this is not the 30-day music discovery service it outlined in September, though it has similar features, like the Spotify integration and playable playlists. It said the unnamed service "is still in development, and we continue to work with our partners in the music industry on this."

Also of note, the BBC Music app is not replacing the popular iPlayer Radio app, which allows users to stream live BBC stations.

In November, Shannon told Billboard there were “big moments coming” in 2016 for the corporation. “The BBC is the most important broadcast partner to the U.K. music industry and music is one of the most important things that the BBC reflects across all of its services,” he said. “We probably originate more content on an annual basis than any other broadcaster in the U.K. Our teams are world class at doing music television, but I know that what we need to do is bring it to the maximum number of people.”


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