BBC Sounds 12+

Music, Radio, Podcasts

BBC Media Applications Technologies Limited

    • 4.8 • 6K Ratings
    • 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 2.10.1

iOS 16 users: see what’s playing on your favourite station at a glance using our new Lock Screen widget.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
6K Ratings

6K Ratings

manal.21sinha ,

Please add the ability to queue individual episodes from different podcasts

Really like the app overall and the interface. Just two feature requests: 1. Please add the ability to create your own queue of episodes from different podcasts, rather than automatically create a queue of unplayed episodes of the same podcast. That would be great for situations where you want to queue up multiple episodes for a long journey or something similar 2. For podcasts, map the default actions for the "Previous" and "Next" buttons on a Bluetooth headset or CarPlay to actually skip 20 seconds backwards/forwards, because that is what I actually want to do for a 30-60 min long podcast, instead of start from the very beginning or abruptly start playing whatever's next. Thanks!

Dr Kehinde Ladipo ,

My favorite Poscasts

I enjoy Americast….... very informal but highly analytical and logical from informed persons
The latest podcast on Afghanistan was a great welcome surprise. We all forget often that nothing lasts forever so is the America’s longest war. The longer things last the more our intentions get diluted. The decision to withdraw was a no brainer and whatever you think of the implementation no plan will come without serious issues. History will tell but there are lessons for all, the powerful and the meek, the resolve of each groups involved. People of Afghanistan are at the crossroads and only they can decide what to do next. What ever they decide will surely reverberate across the world, perhaps soon. Seems to me that the Talibans don’t forget

World of Wisdom was an encounter for me a few nights ago when I woke up in the middle of my sleep with my phone on. Excellent and wise advise to real life situations and real persons. The relief from their worries were obvious. Life lessons are individual, however if these podcasts can be shared more to many, the impact will surely be far reaching which I hope is one of the aims

Business Daily is a great program. Contemporary! Helps to make meanings of current directions. Businesses and Leaders can learn greatly from the views expressed, perhaps more than theories from business schools

Big Clare ,

My “go to” listening platform

As a 60 year old “Brit abroad” & Sports fanatic living in the USA, I find myself reaching into BBCSounds day & night for entertainment. I listen to 5 live or Radio 4 for news & current affairs & Radio 2 & 6 for music. I dip into all your dramas & podcasts on long walks or for night-time listening. I am lost without the service if the internet is down or I am in a bad cell area.



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App Privacy

The developer, BBC Media Applications Technologies Limited, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Usage Data
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