BBC iPlayer Radio app adds podcasts

Good news for commuters, BBC iPlayer Radio has just added access to your favourite podcasts, with offline listening for those downloads.

The update is coming to iOS, Android and Kindle Fire devices, as the BBC yields to pressure to add the feature to its radio app. So if you have the app, just update it and you'll get access to current and archive editions of popular podcasts. Or if you haven't got it, you can just download it for free.

There's an option to download in either a Wi-Fi zone or via mobile data (depending on your connection/allowance with the latter), with the likes of Desert Island Discs or Mark Kermode's and Simon Mayo's film reviews available to grab. No full shows with music (as yet), but there are associated podcasts for popular shows and a host of spoken word content.

If there's plenty of things you fancy, that's not a problem. You can queue as many downloads as you like, with options to manage your downloaded content easily within the app.

Early feedback is positive, although some are still questioning why full show are yet to be available on the mobile app. Hopefully that's something the BBC are looking at as a future update, licensing issues permitting.

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