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Radioplayer Launches With 157 Stations

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Radioplayer Launches With 157 Stations

Radioplayer, a BBC-backed iPlayer–like radio aggregation site has launched with a mix of live streaming and on-demand content from the BBC and commercial stations.

As we reported earlier this month, Radioplayer was initially due to launch last December but it has now finally gone online and will offer listeners a chance to hear content from 157 stations in one place. Radioplayer will be embedded as a pop-up on each of the station’s websites and while initially only available on the net, it is expected that iPhone and iPad versions will be available by the end of 2011. While 157 station are available now, well over 200 will be available shortly with the likes of talksSPORT, Magic and Kerrang joining the party next week.

With the BBC also involved in the YouView project which is currently in development hell, if that project does go ahead then it is likely that Radioplayer will also have a presence on the platform. While Ofcom-licensed stations will be the only ones allowed to join initially, Radioplayer could soon be open to independent and community stations around the country.

4.7million people listen to the radio via the internet every week which represents only 3.1 percent of all radio listenership. This means there is a huge potential for growth in the market and Andrew Harrison, chief executive of Radioplayer believes the new service will attract 3 million listeners in its first week, adding: “Every station on Radioplayer will be one click away from every other station, and listeners will have the ability to search the whole of UK radio, discovering exciting new content.”

Source: Radioplayer Blog

speedyg2012

March 31, 2011, 10:51 pm

Struggling to access it atm.

Is it still live or is its site having teething problems?

Martin Daler

April 1, 2011, 12:32 pm

Its working fine over here, yesterday and today. Maybe check your connection?

jingyeow

April 1, 2011, 1:00 pm

I applaud this move, but why does the BBC insist on making radio always open in a new windows! Frustration. Create a nice slide on why users don't like that!

TechnicPuppet

April 1, 2011, 1:18 pm

Android app first please.

Martin Daler

April 1, 2011, 4:39 pm

@darkspark88 The BBC does not insist on opening a new window, but Radioplayer isn't the BBC. Play BBC radio via http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/r... and you always get the option to "listen in popout player", but the default is to play in the current browser window.

I look forward to your slide, by the way.

speedyg2012

April 1, 2011, 5:48 pm

Working better now on my work machine. My adapter may have had connection problem last night.

When I clicked on a search for BBC 5 live for example, it's started in a new window rather than a new tab...

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