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Radio is dead, long live radio!
The BBC's Playlister service is now live in beta, proving to the naysayers that national radio and international streaming services can be bedmates. It lets you access tracks and lists of music that are being played on BBC Radio and export them to services like Spotify – completing the new-age music Circle of Life from first listen/recommendation to constant streaming and sharing.
Shazam was supposed to save us from disconnecting with great tunes we only hear once in passing but the Beeb is going one step further, cataloguing every piece of music played on every radio station and even rolling out Playlister to BBC TV shows.
The basic function is, funnily enough, a playlist. This is created within the Playlister page of the BBC desktop or mobile website – you just need to sign in with a BBC account and tick that you're over 16 to get going. Then you can browse recently played or popular tracks on BBC Radio stations in the Discover tab, hover over for a 30 second preview or click the Playlister logo to add to your list. There's just one master list – annoyingly, with some missing artwork – but you can delete as you go along.
Now, as of today that's all you can do to find music via the Playlister site. By November, though, the BBC promises it'll add the Playlister button to the iPlayer Radio app too. Plus Presenter Playlists are incoming so you can let Jo Wiley, Trevor Nelson or Annie Mac do all the hard work for you. Interest piqued by the mention of TV? The BBC will be rolling out its TV Playlister catalogue soon enough, too – everything from what the contestants on The Voice are warbling to the music playing in the Queen Vic.
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