The BBC produces a massive range of programmes, but they’re not always easy to discover. That’s changed with the launch of BBC Sounds: Radio & Podcasts, which replaces the iPlayer Radio app.
It brings the BBC’s various audio offerings together in a single app. That means not only live radio and digital-only stations, but also podcasts and downloadable programmes, too.
It’s simple to find interesting things to listen to, and you can easily subscribe to podcasts so you don’t miss any future episodes.
You can download programmes to listen to them on the go, and you can save episodes and music mixes to the My Sounds section. There’s also a recommendation engine that looks at what you’ve listened to and identifies other programmes and podcasts it thinks you might like.
Some of the best features are the little ones, such as the syncing that means you can stop listening on one device and pick up from where you’ve left off on another, or the Autoplay that creates an instant, personalised audio feed based on whatever you’re currently listening to.
But the real benefit to this new app is discoverability: it’s so much easier to find interesting new shows.