BBC Working on New Music Streaming Service -
A new music streaming service currently being worked on by the BBC will give UK licence fee
payers free access to thousands of songs similar to that of Swedish
based service, Spotify.
According to reports the music player will be the BBC'S music
equivalent of iPlayer, dubbed Playlister the service will be
available without paying any additional fees.
The idea has been discussed by the BBC in the past but problems
have arose when attempting to clear rights for the music. However,
it is now understood that the company are in talks with Spotify and
music services such as Deezer and Apple's iTunes in an effort to
side-step the problem.
The Playlister, which is scheduled for launch either later this
year or in early 2013, is being headed up by Tim Davie, the BBC's
director of Audio & Music.
A spokesman said:
"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".
The BBC aren't the only media powerhouse planning a move into
digital music streaming, last month it was reported that Apple are
developing a service that will rival Spotify and Pandora. The
iTunes creators are apparently in the primitive stages of
negotiating with record labels worldwide over the planned new
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