BBC launches Playlister music service

Today the BBC launched a mainstream digital music service called Playlister, with built-in connections to well-known online services such as YouTube, Spotify and Deezer. BBC Playlister works on mobile and desktop devices, and gives you an easy way to find music you heard in BBC radio and TV shows, recommend new artists and songs based on those tracks, and set up your own full playlists to enjoy online.

If you hear a track on a BBC Radio or TV show that gets your foot tapping, you can track it down on Playlister by entering the show details, then add it to your personal BBC Playlist. You can only hear samples of each track from Playlister itself, but you can export your playlist to the likes of Spotify to hear every song in full. You'll need an account for your chosen software, of course, but with YouTube support you can at least access these songs for free (albeit with the inevitable adverts).

Alternatively you can access a BBC "curator's" (DJ's) playlist directly through Spotify, and either listen to the tracks in full or pull your favourites into your existing playlists.

BBC has been a pioneer in the music world, discovering new artists, broadcasting massive events such as Glastonbury, Live Aid and the annual Proms, and bringing music to 26.1m adults via BBC Radio each week.

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