Radio downloads coming to BBC iPlayer
Good news for anyone stuck for something to listen to on the bus – soon you’ll be able to download radio programmes from the iPlayer to listen to without killing your phone’s data allowance.
The development was picked up by Digital Spy, who spotted a Tweet from the iPlayer Radio team confirming it. Apparently the BBC Trust had taken a day off from issuing another tedious report that unnecessarily beats the BBC up to instead greenlight the plans.
[email protected] @bbcinternetblog @BBCiPlayer The BBC Trust approved proposals to offer BBC radio content for download. Coming later this year.
— BBC iPlayer Radio (@BBCiPlayerRadio) May 20, 2014
The functionality has been available for TV shows since the iPlayer was first launched as a download-only service – so its good to see radio finally catching. The reason for the delay is likely to be complex rights issues around music licensing.
We don’t have a date yet for when the update will be launched, but will keep you posted.