BBC iPlayer Radio – featuring all the best radio stations in the UK
Aug 29, 2013 10:49 AM –
BBC iPlayer Radio is a high quality digital radio player that showcases the BBC’s range of radio stations. It’s terrifically simple to use, looks awesome and lets you download station podcasts, view video clips, listen to audio clips, browse programs and view upcoming schedules.
Tested on: Nexus 4
Pros & Cons:
- All the BBC radio stations!
- Great UI!
- Plenty of browsing features and extras!
- Set alarm to wake you up to your favourite stations!
- Only available in the UK.
BBC iPlayer Radio is a digital radio player for the UK. Featuring all the BBC’s digital radio stations and a gorgeous user interface to explore them with, the app is a nice companion to the BBC iPlayer application that lets you watch the UK BBC television channels.
The feature that initially stands out is the user interface. It combines a cool ‘wheel’ dial for selecting a station with more traditional ‘Holo’ elements for deeper exploring. Everything about the app is very smooth and responsive meaning that, straight away, it’s a great experience to use.
Radio stations include: Radio 1, Radio 1 Xtra, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4, Radio 4 Extra, Radio 5 Live, Radio 5 Sports Extra, Radio 6 Music, Asian Network, World Service, Radio Scotland, Radio Nan Gaidheal, Radio Ulster, Radio Foyle, Radio Wales, Radio Cymru plus localised radio stations.
The app offers more besides merely listening. You can view video clips, listen to audio clips and listen to podcasts. While there’s no download option for offline listening, there is plenty of programs to choose from and lots to explore. Sound quality is digital and therefore very high quality whether you’re listening using headphones or your device’s speaker.
iPlayer Radio – Featured podcasts
iPlayer Radio – Video clips
iPlayer Radio – Station select (1)
iPlayer Radio – Live program
iPlayer Radio – Station select (2)
iPlayer Radio – Menu
iPlayer Radio – Station schedule
iPlayer Radio – Podcasts
iPlayer Radio – Landscape
If you enjoy listening to the radio, the BBC endeavors to provide something for everyone. From the pop-tastic Radio 1, cultural Radio 4 and sporty Radio 5 through to various regional stations around the UK, there is lots to choose from. It’s a shame there is no way of downloading the podcasts, but this can be achieved using other podcasting apps, such as BeyondPod and Pocket Casts.
Ease of Use:
The wheel UI, combined with the Holo features means the app is simple to navigate and very easy to use and explore.
This will depend on the user and how much they enjoy listening to radio on the go. Channels are running pretty much 24/7, 365 days per year so there’s always something to listen to. From some comments in the Google Play Store, it would appear some elements of the application were historically unstable, but I’ve always found it to work fine.
As previously discussed the user interface is sublime and exceptionally designed. There appears to be much thought put in to creating a positive user experience.
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