BBC launches music podcasts

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The BBC has been offering podcasts for some time now, but usually just ‘personality’ DJs whittering on about nothing in particular. Well, that’s about to change, with music podcasts being launched by the corporation from Monday November 12th.

The podcasts on offer are a broad range of regular compilations including pop, folk, hip hop, jazz, indie, rhythm and blues, dance, punk and Asian music, all containing material from programmes previously broadcast on BBC Radio, with 30-second clips of music. Well, you didn’t expect full tracks did you?

Radio 1’s Chart Show is the first to launch on Monday, offering clips of the hits played on the show along with the run down of the Top 40. From Saturday, November 17th, the portfolio expands to offer podcasts including Folk & Acoustic with Mike Harding from Radio 2, Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone from 6 Music and the Asian Network Chart. 1Xtra has podcasts from a range of music genres including hip hop, dancehall and garage.

For a full list of the podcasts on offer, check out the BBC podcast page.

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