BBC Sounds App Updated With Apple CarPlay Support

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    The BBC Sounds mobile app has been updated with CarPlay support, meaning users can now listen to the broadcaster's extensive library of live and on-demand radio, music, and podcasts from their in-car infotainment systems and dashboards.

    As noted by Pocket-lint.com, CarPlay and Android Auto support was originally available for iPlayer Radio, which the Sounds app replaced, but this version has extra options and an improved in-car experience.

    From the BBC Sounds website:
    BBC Sounds was launched in June last year to introduce a more personalized listening experience and bring a new look and feel to the site.

    The BBC app is designed to learn from the user's listening habits and introduce them to shows and podcasts that they might not otherwise know about.

    BBC Sounds is available to download on iPhone and iPad for free from Apple's regional U.K. App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: BBC Sounds App Updated With Apple CarPlay Support
     
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    Good to know. I’ve been keeping with iPlayer Radio for Pick of the Pops and Radio 3 catch up in the car. If Sounds now has CarPlay then its time to switch across fully. (I’ve had Sounds on my iPhone for a while and my BBC login has carried over all of my show preferences)
     
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    BBC operational expenses are paid for by the British taxpayers. Hence, no access to content for those who are not paying for it.
     
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    I’ve been using it for a few days now.

    It’s a huge improvement over BBC iPlayer Radio in terms of stream stability.

    Now using it on my BMW CarPlay which is lovely...
     
  6. OneHandWaving macrumors newbie

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    I’m looking forward to trying this - and seeing if it works when I’m outside the UK.
     
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    I'll try to post some screenshots tonight. Very simple, easy app to use and long overdue. I previously gave the beeb a low rating for not including CarPlay in the first place. This is when this app is used most often.
     
  8. BODYBUILDERPAUL macrumors 65816

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    It's one of the first (apart from BEATS 1) to use Apple's HLS AAC streaming. Hence, it's INCREDIBLY stable and is perfect for on the move AND it's 320kbps AAC!!! The closest that you'll get to studio output! (10 years working in radio and I can honestly say that this way to stream is excellent and very 2019+).
     
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    That's actually very interesting. I had no idea, and perhaps that explains the delay in launching CarPlay. I just wish they were a little more up-front about it.
     
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    I’ve found it disappointing that the BBC has never repeated the experiment of streaming The Proms on R3 in 16/48 FLAC. The sound was superb.
     
  11. punitnaker macrumors regular

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    Well the BBC iPlayer Radio app is available in the US and this is basically the same thing in terms of content. However I would happily pay for a subscription service for the BBC if it was available.
     
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    I think it’s a not, but as a person that resides in both countries, possible to have two App Store accounts? Apps from either country?
     
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    I used to live in the UK (US now) and I was able to download with my UK Apple ID. You also have to register an account which asks for a UK post code. Once you get past all that then the app worked great on CarPlay!
     
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    BBC Sounds running on CarPlay in a BMW.
     

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    They've been using it since iPlayer days. I still use iPlayer on my iPhone and it's incredible when i'm cycling around the cities - no drop outs, just the ovcassional time when I can hear it drop to 128kbps for a second or two whilst it buffers the next batch. Read here all about it - all explained. I just wish that every radio station would us Apple's HLS AAC but UNFORTUNATELY there's a fee for every device that uses it... https://media.info/radio/review/bbc-iplayer-radio-app-v2-sets-the-standard
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    Different for BBC Sounds but when it was the iPlayer, it checked that your household had a TV licence upon registering. With BBC Sounds App it's available to listen worldwide BUT you can't download radio shows to your device outside of the UK.
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    Very nice - got to love the Apple way of design with UI. So beautiful. Wish I'd studied things like this way back at Art School when I studied graphic design!
     
  16. nnoble macrumors 6502

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    BBC Radio is generally freely available worldwide with just a handful of programmes excluded because of rights issues - often specific sports coverage. Anyone can sign-up and login.
     
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    Are downloads the same bitrate?
     
  18. matt_and_187_like_this macrumors member

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    It's available worldwide through the website, though. And the iPlayer App. Don't really understand why they won't release this app outside the UK.
     
  19. BODYBUILDERPAUL macrumors 65816

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    Yes they are indeed if you select the highest quality setting with is 320AAC
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    HLS AAC is the way forward for broadcasting. This is 100% the most reliable way to broadcast/stream. There is not a better medium. It's exceptional and is the envy of all commercial radio stations throughout the world. It just works... very very well!
     
  20. mrklaw macrumors 68020

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    This will be handy for the wife’s polo. Shame my stupid ass BMW requires a degree in options to work out which bits allow what. Have the full i drive, digital dash, Bluetooth streaming etc - but can’t buy the CarPlay option because i’m Missing WiFi-prep. Why does it need that to connect to a damn phone? They’re a lovely car but so backwards sometimes
     
  21. sonamo, Jul 8, 2019
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    I listen to BBC Radio 6 Music via BBC iPlayer app all the time here in the US. They are always mentioning the new Sounds app, but we still don't have it on the App Store.

    Since it seems to have superseded iPlayer app in the UK, we are all wondering if/when it will arrive here.
     
  22. neemtree macrumors newbie

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    DITTO. Why don't BBC offer this as a paid app or annual subscription for listeners outside the UK. Are they averse to additional revenue opportunities?
     

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