BBC to Launch Its Own Music Streaming Service

BBC to Launch Its Own Music Streaming Service
Just in case you didn't already have enough music streaming service options to choose from, yet another platform is on its way. This one comes from UK media institution the BBC.

This service will apparently be on a much smaller scale than Spotify or Apple Music; while those services offer tens of millions of songs, the BBC's service will reportedly contain a modest 50,000 tracks, which will be available to stream for only a limited period.

In other words, it seems that the BBC's platform is geared towards curation and music discovery rather than acting as a catch-all service intended replace your entire record collection. There will also be exclusive live sessions.

The BBC said in a statement [via Music Business Worldwide]:

We would make this product a champion for new UK music, whether that is the latest unsigned talent from BBC Introducing or a classical performance of new music commissioned and broadcast by Radio 3. We would also use it to increase our support for specialist genres, independent artists and labels — those who are less supported by the wider broadcast and digital market but for whom there are enthusiastic audiences. We would do this by featuring their music prominently in the playlists we curate, and we would add to the range of broadcast tracks by also offering a set proportion of music from [labels] which has not previously featured on BBC services.

Changing things up a bit, once tracks are no longer available on the BBC service, users can transfer their playlists over to other services. This is apparently the first service to support other platforms.

A launch date hasn't yet been announced, but the BBC is apparently working with the industry to create a deal that benefits both fans and artists. The company is also aiming to up its game in terms of video content, making its iPlayer available to third parties and allowing users to watch BBC shows back-to-back.