Published on October 16, 2013 | by Jack Redden


BBC launches new digital music service

Screen grab of BBC Playlister

Develop your playlist while listening to a programme

The BBC has launched a new digital music service to keep track of your favourite music in a personal playlist.

The new system – BBC Playlister – allows users listening online to save the songs they hear to a playlist where a 30-second sample of the song can also be heard.

The personal playlist can then be exported to any one of the broadcaster’s digital music partners, which include YouTube, Spotify and Deezer, where the tracks can then be heard in full.

Lord Hall, Director-General of the BBC, said that Playlister will allow users to synchronise their personal playlist with their Spotify or Deezer account.

BBC Playlister will also offer music recommendations from BBC Radio DJs and presenters and will even allow users to save music used in television programmes.


“BBC Playlister is a wonderful innovation from the BBC that has been designed purely with audience needs in mind,” Lord Hall said.

“We have a proud musical heritage that dates back to the very beginning of the BBC’s history, and over the years we have found many new ways of bringing fantastic music to our viewers and listeners.

“Working with partners such as Spotify, YouTube and Deezer, we will once again transform our audiences’ relationship with music and the BBC,” Lord Hall said

Playlister will benefit students by giving them an easy way to build and listen to their own personal playlists for free unlike other alternatives such as iTunes where the music must be bought.

The service is currently in beta whilst the BBC responds to user feedback before the service is released worldwide.

It can be found at and is accessed through a simple sign-in process with a BBC ID, through Facebook or Google account.


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