BBC Sounds 12+

Music, Radio, Podcasts

BBC Media Applications Technologies Limited

    • Free



Listen to the best of BBC audio with BBC Sounds. Stream and download your favourite BBC podcasts, radio stations and music all in one place.

Features include:
‐ Listen live to all BBC Radio stations
‐ Pause and rewind live radio as well as browse past and future station schedules
‐ Download or stream your podcasts, radio shows and music on the go
‐ Continue listening from where you left off on any device
‐ Autoplay multiple episodes of series or podcasts or all your downloads (optional)
‐ Subscribe to BBC podcasts, music mixes and shows
‐ See the latest episodes from your favourite programmes and podcasts in one handy list
‐ Get personalised recommendations to discover new audio you’ll love
‐ Send music tracks you like to Apple Music and Spotify
‐ Browse by speech and music categories
‐ Sleep Timer

When using the Apple CarPlay enabled version of the BBC Sounds app, it is your responsibility to always follow safe driving practices (i.e. don’t be distracted and focus on the road at all times). Comply with all relevant laws, traffic regulations and road signs.

To give you the best experience, this app tracks what you’ve listened to on BBC Sounds and how long you’ve listened to programmes for. It also tracks when you add something to Bookmarks or Subscriptions. By “Allow Personalisation”, you will get personalized recommendations. More information can be found here

The BBC uses cookies and similar technologies to understand how audiences interact with our services, content (such as podcasts and radio) and marketing messages. The categories of personal data processed by our data processors include the following:
• IP address to determine which UK city/region you are in, or which country/continent you are in if outside of the UK
• Activity data, such as time when you first used this app and programmes you listened to and interacted with
• Your device information, such as device type and OS version

For more information about how and why we use information about you, please visit the BBC Sounds App Privacy Notice.

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What’s New

Version 2.17.0

Small bug fixes and improvements. Thank you for your feedback.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
272.4K Ratings

272.4K Ratings

Save the bbc ,


I very much appreciate Sounds as I love the radio, and being able to catch up with or listen again to programmes, like Saturday Review, Start the Week, Medical and Science programmes, Analysis, The Briefing Room, The Moral Maze, Hard Talk and the Why Factor plus others on the World Service. I also like the podcast versions with extras at the end.

What I don’t like as an older person with somewhat impaired eyesight is not being able to escape from a page I am on to go back to the main schedules. For example the icons at the bottom of the favourites page which I sometimes accidentally find myself on, are tiny and I don’t know what they are for. Tapping them takes me somewhere else I don’t want to be and don’t know how to get back from. i often can’t see, or can’t find, an arrow to taken me away from the page and back to what I want. This is on a full size modern iPad which normally I can see without difficulty even with my visual problems.

So that is why I have given a four rather than a five star review. Great service but often frustrating for older people with less than perfect eyesight..

Yornoc123 ,

Really poor design

I’ve given this app some time to bed in and still find it infuriating. The design is based upon podcast use rather than a radio station which is its foundation. Therefore to listen as you would to a radio and use it to catch up on programmes you’ve missed or see new content coming up is designed as a secondary poor relative in the structure of the app. You have to hit about 6 buttons to get to where you were last time you listened on catchup to get back to the schedule to see other possible programmes. Moving from radio 4 to 5 is about 20 moves as you have to find small buttons for schedules and then wade through numerous screens to get where you could once get to in 2 clicks. The developer needs to try an navigate using one hand with a child on his hip and attempt to go from radio 4 morning news (preferably when the god bothering bit is on, to add a bit of urgency and irritation to the nix) to radio 5 ((preferably during nick Campbell inane dog rambles) to 4 extra look for comedy ie hancock and then back to radio 4 again . Once they get that in an intuitive easy system with minimum moves and large easy to find buttons which ensures the app doesn’t hang downloading erroneous content it will be an improvement. Ps I get my podcasts on the podcast app not through sounds as it’s a cleaner less complicated system and I don’t want my radio app cluttered up with more annoying cul-de-sacs of nonsense.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for your review. Navigating between different live stations is done quickly via the “dial” at the top of the Listen page. Moving between schedules can be achieved via the All Stations page, and you can access the schedule for the station you are listening to by tapping the logo on the full player page. Your catchup listening can be seen in the Continue Listening section, and more episodes from a programme can be found via episode detail pages. Hope this is helpful!

Tumbridge Wells ,


I’m very disappointed with this app trying to find plays and stories is difficult. When you are listening it is very difficult to playback as the ap just doesn’t let you do it unless my iPad goes into sleep mode, so I have to close the lid, relift it and then adjust. Sure, if you just want to listen to a station it’s there in front of you, but anything outside this is a fail.
Also you have a section called Electric (something) but it’s just a mess and different stories are mixed in with Book of the Week. There is absolutely no delineation between each book/story. You are left just to scroll through a pile of different titles and work out how many episodes they each have (and this is never actually listed) so in some cases you don’t even know if the book has ended or not, you just have to keep on looking in case another episode appears. Also informing the listers when the next episode will be available, something that used to be the norm, has just simply vanished. The typographic style is woefully inadequate, you really do have to clearly list titles, episode and how many episodes there are. Take Home Front, this is a huge production that should be broken down into manageable sections and then numbered accordingly. Yes it is good to include the date of say ‘16th Oct 1917’ but this needs to be in subtitles. Apps should make things easier not a load of hard work. Regards Tighe


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