There’s also a podcast section which allows you to listen to podcasts, though you can’t subscribe to or download them. And you can set the in-built alarm clock to wake you up to your favourite BBC radio station. Dragging the programme bar upwards while you listen to a programme reveals other available programmes on that station, and you can mark songs being played as favourites, or tweet them from within the app.
‘Our next steps will be to make live radio more interactive, make it easier for people to enjoy the BBC’s vast audio archive and strengthen radio’s position as the number one place for discovering music in the UK,’ said Mark Friend, controller of multiplatform and interactive for the BBC’s Audio & Music division.
The launch of iPlayer Radio follows the recent release of the UK Radioplayer app. UK Radioplayer is a joint initiative between the BBC and commercial broadcasters and provides access to a host of radio stations.