BBC rumored to have Playlister music streaming service in the works

Oct 3, 2012
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BBC has done very well with it streaming video player called iPlayer. Hordes of computer and mobile device users who enjoy BBC television programs use iPlayer to catch up on their favorite shows on the go. Reports are coming in that BBC is eyeing the launch of a new music streaming service.

According to the reports, the BBC music streaming service will be called Playlister. Reports indicate that the music streaming service will be a pay offering and will provide access to hundreds of thousands of audio tracks without any additional fees. The reports aren't exactly clear on how the music streaming service would work.

It seems unclear exactly which route BBC will take for the rumored music streaming service with two different possibilities mentioned. One of the possibilities is that BBC is designing a service to make its own archive of music recordings available to subscribers. The other indication is that BBC may work with Spotify, Deezer, or iTunes to get around having to set up its own licensing deals.

BBC has also reportedly hinted at a third possibility. BBC commented, "The BBC is regularly in conversation with digital music providers about how we strengthen radio’s position as the number one place for discovering music in the UK." That sounds a lot like something that would tie into BBC's radio station efforts. The BBC has a press conference set for October 8 where we hope more details will be offered.


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