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The BBC iPlayer video application has been available to Android-totting Englishmen for some time, but the audio equivalent has sadly lagged behind. Today the app finally lands on Android, and it was worth the wait: BBC Licence Fee subscribers can listen to the various radio stations over WiFi or mobile Internet, and it even works when they travel abroad. Unfortunately, the service isn't available to international users at any price.

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The interface of iPlayer Radio is an interesting mix of Holo elements and unique ideas, particularly a station selector that apes an old-school rotary phone dialer. Once you've selected a radio station, you're presented information about the current track or show, along with the standard social sharing functions. Some shows can be downloaded as podcasts for later listening.

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A handy TV Guide-style radio schedule and featured content help round out the app. The BBC iPlayer Radio app is a free download for Android 4.0 and later devices, in the United Kingdom only.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Brian Clement

    Why won't they release this worldwide if it's only radio? They stream their live radio on the web free worldwide. Would love to have this here in the US.

    • http://profiles.google.com/mark.gillespie Mark Gillespie

      Because we pay licence fees for it?

    • CJ Holder

      All BBC TV/Radio stations are ad-free in the UK (No IAP too!) and for that we pay a license. We get quality TV/Radio 24/7 without crappy ads and it's well worth the money. You would have to pay to have it in the US. (Just a tip, it works in any country, just find the APK).

  • henare

    umm, I get BBC *radio* stations over the other iPlayers (in the US) with no trouble ... so is this app available in the US or not?

  • http://profiles.google.com/jeremyrreger Jeremy Reger

    I listen on TuneIn.

  • Guest


    The iPlayer app has been incredibly behind the iOS version for way too long. It's not perfect, but it's been consistently improving for the last 4 months.

  • Mehmet Fatih YILDIRIM

    Let the Intellectuality begin!

  • Droidinakilt

    Eeerrmmm.....don't mean to be picky, but i think you will find this app is also available to android totting scotsmen, welshmen, and northern irish men too.......

    • CJ Holder

      Or Simply Brits and Irish... I demand a rebate.

  • Ale Terlevich

    Looks like it doesn't work with some pretty common Samsung devices such as the S3 and Note 10.1. Presumably others too.

  • keklar

    There's absolutely no reason this should not be available in the US... anyone care to post the apk?

  • rsj

    not compattable with sony xperia miro. are they going to fix this?