BBC Sounds is the new way to listen to BBC audio – your favourite programmes, podcasts, radio stations and music all in one place.

Explore a wide variety of new podcasts, music mixes and live sets. Listen live to BBC radio stations. Catch up or listen again to your favourite BBC radio shows. Get personalised recommendations for your next audio obsession, and browse carefully curated highlights and collections of audio content.

Features include:
- Listen live to all UK BBC Radio stations
- Pause and rewind live radio
- Discover new hot podcasts and music mixes
- Download and listen to your shows on the go
- Autoplay multiple episodes of series or podcasts
- Subscribe to BBC podcasts, mixes and programmes
- Browse the best bits from right across the BBC in Daily Discovery
- Continue listening from where you left off on any device
- See the latest episodes from your favourite programmes and podcasts in one handy list
- Save episodes and music mixes for later in My Sounds
- Get personalised recommendations to discover new audio you’ll love

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. You can turn this off by logging into your BBC account and turning off “Allow Personalisation”. This app also tracks when you add something to My list or Subscriptions.

The device uses performance cookies for internal purposes to help us improve the app. You can choose to opt out of this at any time from the in-app Settings menu.

For more information about this, privacy and cookies visit the BBC Sounds App Privacy notice at

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The app is published by BBC Media AT (BBC Media Applications Technologies Limited) which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation).

Full details of BBC Media AT are available on the Companies House website at:

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What’s New

Version 1.8.0

We've added a Siri Shortcut that will allow you to quickly play your most listened to stations

Ratings and Reviews

2.1 out of 5
4.5K Ratings

4.5K Ratings

Code-J ,

Good radio but the rest is awful.

For listening to live radio this is excellent, but as for the rest of it... I don’t want to be spoon fed suggestions. The app needs to be as un-intrusive as possible. I don’t want episodes to play when I select them or have to press a tiny button to list the options - wrong emphasis. I don’t want to have to search for each programme I want to listen to then go to an episode then find out if it has a podcast. I want to browse ALL podcasts to choose what I want to download and keep. Maybe I’d like to filter that list by station and/or category. I want to be able to see my subscribed podcasts easily. I want to be able to see what is downloaded and what isn’t yet. It is important to distinguish between what is a favourite and what is downloaded. So far not up to the standards of previous offerings and really quite an annoying app good only for listening to live radio.

lauriealula ,


It’s like when you suddenly feel dead motivated and you’re like “I’m gonna make a website! Yeah! Let’s make a website!” 😃

And you’re so into it and it’s looking so cool and snazzy and you spend hours filling in the online template and spend ages picking out the colour scheme and you’re like “this is so boss!” then there’s bigger decisions like... layout. Or content. 😕

And it all gets a bit much and you’re tired and you remember you’ve still got pizza leftover and and there’s a new bake off to watch so you think “Hey, it’s looking great so far. Let’s have a break and come back to it tomorrow.”

And then they website says “do you want to go live?” And you’re like “yeah, sure. I’ll make it live now and then I’ll just fine tune it and add all those extra fancy bits later.” So you click the ‘go live’ button and feel a little pang of dopamine cause you did something. 🙂

And then the next day you get an email saying “hey! Your websites looking great! Do you want to make any updates?” But you’re busy just then cause there’s a video your mate’s sent you you need to watch of a monkey weeing in its own mouth so you’re mark as read and say to yourself “tomorrow. I’ll definitely do it tomorrow.”

But tomorrow never comes...


Hemoss ,

Nearly all good except...

... it is missing (or I can’t find) Recently Played/Listening History - this is really, really annoying - and as others have said it needs to remember where you got to through a show. Basic top level menu with only 3 buttons and no Home feels a bit strange at first but its nice and simple to move around and all new things need a little getting used to. It looks good. Love the Bookmarks but would like to bookmark future shows and maybe get a reminder. When you select See More Episodes it would be nicer if it returned more specific results ie parts of that programme rather than those mixed up with episodes of the whole series. Someone wrote that you don’t know if you’re looking at a podcast or radio show which I noticed too but what’s the difference these days.


BBC Media Applications Technologies Limited
57 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humour
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
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