Personalised Beeb radio wants to get to know you

Amazon knows your shopping habits, Pandora has an intimate knowledge of your embarrassing music taste and – soon – the BBC could know what radio you d

Amazon knows your shopping habits, Pandora has an intimate knowledge of your embarrassing music taste and – soon – the BBC could know what radio you dig.

Yep, one of the cool features in the corporation’s upcoming iPlayer will be radio suggestions, based on what you’ve been listening to previously and what you’ve told the Beeb in your profile. Spend a lot of time wigging out to Craig Charles’ funk show on 6 Music, for example, and you might get pointers to some of Radio 3’s late night stuff or the softer end of 1Xtra.

Obviously, you’ll need to have been listening via the web – via an internet radio such as Acoustic Energy one pictured – for it all to work.

The idea’s one of a whole bunch of new radio ideas being bandied around at BBC HQ. Also on the cards – but currently up in the, ahem, air – is a plan to add interactive controls when you’re listening to BBC radio stations via Freeview on your telly.

Anyhow, it’s all a way off for now: you’ll have to wait ‘til this autumn’s launch of the iPlayer, which includes cool new on-demand features for TV watching too.

If you want to hear Beeb head honcho Mark Thompson talking about radio’s future, click over here. Disclaimer: it’s a tad dull unless you’re a media geek.