BBC Plans Music Streaming Service

The corporation wants to build on the success of its TV equivalent iPlayer - but will it collaborate or compete with Spotify and iTunes in the music world?

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The BBC is working on a new music streaming site to bring its wide-scale radio operations into a new generation.

Reports suggest it will compete with streaming services like Spotify, but it could potentially improve on existing services with an innovative feature set and curated playlists from its roster of specialist DJs.

In addition, it could finally allow access to its huge archive of recordings from decades of popular artists who visited its legendary Maida Vale studios in London.

Details of the player are still being discussed, and the corporation is in talks with companies like Apple and Spotify.

A BBC spokesman said (via NME): "The BBC is regularly in conversation with digital music providers about how we strengthen radio's position as the number one place for discovering music in the UK".

It will follow in the footsteps of the BBC iPlayer which streams TV and radio shows to British users for free. In 2007 the iPlayer overcame early criticism and transformed the way British people consume media. It is supported by the annual license fee of £145 ($233) which UK households pay in order to use a television.

Would you be interested in a free service by the BBC, or will the corporation simply retract access to British internet users? Can a public corporation compete with traditional technology companies anyway? Let us know your predictions in the comments.

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    BBC has access to loads of music for its TV and radio, and IIRC a large chunk of its budget is paying the PRS for song rights. I'd say the BBC are in a better place to do this than you think.
    Agreed, I think it'll cover more specialist material and in turn be a great source for discovery.
    I think they're too far behind to offer something of any use, just think how long Apple have had to build up their music library. Spotify was released in 2008 giving them a four year head-start on the BBC's service. Too little, too late. Sorry BBC.
    I'm not sure. A lot of people have gone way off spotify since they upped the ad content and put restrictions on their free service.