BBC has announced the availability of the BBC iPlayer Radio app outside the UK for the first time. For now, the Radio app will only roll out to users based in the Republic of Ireland but will gradually roll out to other parts of the world. The BBC iPlayer Radio app is available today in Ireland from the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon's Appstore.
Mary Hockaday, controller of BBC World Service English, said:
“We have a valued audience of 66 million globally for the English BBC World Service. I'm thrilled the new BBC iPlayer Radio app offers another way for listeners around the world to find and enjoy our programmes, and take them with them wherever they go. With this app, we hope to give new audiences the chance to unlock a wealth of World Service content, as they explore what the BBC iPlayer Radio has got to offer.”
With the iPlayer Radio app, users will be able to:
- Catch up or listen again to their favourite BBC Radio programmes.
- Download podcasts to enjoy anywhere, even when offline.
- Browse and listen to carefully curated BBC Radio highlights and collections.
- View daily schedules and categories quickly and easily.
- Discover audio and video clips, including many live performances.
- See what tracks are playing on air as well as track lists for on-demand programmes.
- Wake up to and doze off to BBC Radio with a built-in alarm clock and night mode.
If you are still waiting on the app, BBC Radio can still be accessed online. Helpfully, BBC has also compiled a list of the stations available on the BBC iPlayer Radio app. BBC iPlayer Radio is only supported on iOS 7.1+, Android 4.0+ (Ice Cream Sandwich), and Fire 2012+.
Editor's note: The title of this article was updated after publishing to more clearly reflect the international nature of the app's release.