iPlayer downloads for Macs on the way

The Beeb's snazzy new iPlayer set-up has been doing a roaring trade since its official launch on Christmas Day, with 3.5 million shows served up to th

The Beeb's snazzy new iPlayer set-up has been doing a roaring trade since its official launch on Christmas Day, with 3.5 million shows served up to those who missed them first time round.

But while the online streaming service is compatible with both PCs and Macs, only Windows types can actually download shows for later viewing.

That's attracted much criticism from everyone from Apple fans to MPs, but now it seems the BBC is doing something about it. The Beeb's director general, Mark Thompson, has announced that Mac downloads should be available "by the end of the year".

The news comes just days after iPlayer was made compatible with Firefox. Now we only need to get Linux users on board and everyone will be happy.

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