BBC Launches Music Podcasts

Now groovy, not just talky.

There may be no greater podcast on this earth than Mark Kermode’s 5 Live Film Reviews but should you wish for something a little more rhythmic from the Beeb this will make you smile…

Today Auntie launches its first music podcasts offering a wide range of regular compilations including pop, folk, hip hop, jazz, indie, rhythm and blues, dance, punk and Asian music.

The podcasts contain material from programmes previously broadcast on BBC Radio and (here’s the big differentiator) also include 30-second clips of music.

Naturally enough, the big winners in this development are the chart and mix shows which were previously rendered rather anaemic by licensing laws and as such the new ‘Music Podcasts’ make an appealing, if predicable, line up:

*Radio 1 Chart Show (BBC Radio 1)

*Radio 1 Punk Show (BBC Radio 1)

*Radio 1 Rock Show (BBC Radio 1)

*Radio 1 Indie Weekly (BBC Radio 1)

*Radio 1 Dance Weekly (BBC Radio 1)

*Zane Lowe’s Hottest Records (BBC Radio 1)

*Radio 1 Mini Mix (BBC Radio 1)

*1Xtra RnB Top 10 (BBC 1xtra)

*1Xtra Drum & Bass Top 10 (BBC 1xtra)

*1Xtra Dancehall Top 10 (BBC 1xtra)

*1Xtra Hip Hop Top 10 (BBC 1xtra)

*1Xtra UK Garage Top 10 (BBC 1xtra)

*Paul Jones Rhythm And Blues (BBC Radio 2)

*Folk & Acoustic with Mike Harding (BBC Radio 2)

*Music Club with Simon Mayo (BBC Radio 2)

*Asian Network Music Chart (BBC Asian Network)

*Friction: New British Asian Music (BBC Asian Network)

*Jazz Library (BBC Radio 3)

*Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone (BBC 6 Music)

Of course, the Beeb is no stranger to podcasting (it already offers over 120 speech only titles) and was the first British broadcaster to podcast when it offered Radio 4’s ‘In Our Time’ in November 2004 (incidentally my second favourite podcast after the great Kermode).

A new, swankier BBC ‘Podcast Directory’ has been launched to coincide with today’s news (see the link below) and if you ever had any doubts about where your licence money was going please stop them right now…

BBC Podcast Directory

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