The way you listen to radio and podcasts on your phone is about to change, thanks to the BBC Sounds app, which is intended as an upgrade and eventual replacement for the existing iPlayer Radio app.
You’ll be able to subscribe to podcasts or programmes to generate a personalised feed, add individual episodes to a curated listening list, and generally everything looks like it’ll be categorised much more neatly while still maintaining the things people like about the existing app, such as the rotating dial that lets you pick between different radio stations.
In my flat, my Amazon Echo has become my default way of listening to music. Although the existing iPlayer Radio app is quick as far as apps go, it can’t beat the speed at which I can blurt out a half-asleep command to get the radio on in the morning, and it also has the advantage of being completely hands-free.
I’m not alone. Recently, digital radio surpassed analogue for the first time in the UK, and it’s devices like the Amazon Echo that are behind this shift.
I’ve yet to try out BBC Sounds for myself, but it’s going to have a big job on its hands if it wants to win me over. That said, if it nails the BBC’s traditionally high design standards then it could yet have a chance.
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