The BBC is releasing the first version of a brand new audio app today.
Available to download for free from Apple, Google and Amazon app stores, BBC Sounds brings together the broadcaster’s live and on demand radio, music and podcasts into a single personalised app.
The BBC says every user’s experience of BBC Sounds will be unique as it’s designed to learn from listening habits, providing one-tap access to 80,000 hours of BBC podcasts and radio shows.
Users can scroll the dial 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.
The app also lets users pick up where they left off with ‘Continue Listening’ which surfaces part-listened podcasts and radio shows and next episodes.
Meanwhile, users can discover new audio via the ‘Recommended for you’ section, which constantly refreshes based on their listening, and subscribe to any podcast or programme to get a personalised feed of the latest episodes in ‘My Sounds’.
The BBC says it is also working on a number of additional features, including downloads to enable offline listening. It is also currently accepting feedback to help develop the app.