BBC release app that gets rid of the DJs
There's going to be a new BBC Music app, that will learn what music you like and play things according to your personal tastes. And the best bit, if you hate people interrupting your music, is that it'll get rid of all the DJ chatter, apparently.
Launched today, the app is available for mobile and tablets. You'll have to sign-in, so you can have your listening habits monitored (they wouldn't be able to guess what you like otherwise), and you'll tick a bunch of boxes where you'll say whether or not you prefer hip hop, dance, indie, or whatever.
In the mix, as well as audio you'll also get video recommendations, with performances from Jools Holland and Glastonbury being creamed. There'll also be interviews and that, if you like that sort of thing. There's also going to be playlists from DJs and particular shows.
With it being tailored to your tastes, obviously, the more you use the tool, the more accurate the data will be.
Now, here's the kicker - the BBC app only allows you to play a 30 second preview of tracks. They'll have to be exported to something like Spotify or YouTube if you want to listen to them in full. The idea behind this app, is that it complements others. We suspect that there's going to be a LOT of people who are wondering why you just wouldn't go straight to the other apps first.
There is a proposal from the BBC's Charter Renewal lot, to make a fully functioning app with all the tracks on it, but again, Spotify already exists so... *shrug*.
This new thing incorporates the previous service they had called Playlister. Bob Shennan, Director, BBC Music said: “The BBC Music app lets you get straight to the music you love, from Live Lounge sessions to Jools Holland, with the tap of a button."
"This is just the start for us, and we want to hear from users over time to make the BBC Music app the best that it can be, so they can enjoy music from across the BBC – whenever and wherever they are."