Despite the fact that it's still not available in the United States, the popularity of BBC's iPlayer is undeniable. Launched on Launched on December 25 four years ago, the catch-up service has been hugely successful. Now it seems the BBC is looking to expand upon the success of iPlayer and enter the music streaming business.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the service will be called Playlister and will offer license fee payers access to hundreds of thousands of music recordings for free. That's right, similar to the gloriously free BBC iPlayer, those living in the UK with a valid TV license won't have to pay a penny more for this new service, either.
Though the details are still be worked out, the BBC is said to be in talks with Spotify, Deezer and Apple’s iTunes in an effort to overcome the issue of rights deals with music companies. Tim Davie, the BBC’s director of Audio & Music, is said to be in charge of the project, which will apparently resemble Spotify and is scheduled for launch early next year.
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At £12 / $18 per month it sounds a lot but we get a lot and now we are getting more
You lucky Americans however can get it a lot cheaper if you use a good proxy software, plenty of free ones out there but it seems all the ones that edit your IP to another country (such as the UK) all seem to cost around $80-ish, so until hell freezes over and Comcast stop lobbying to ban iPlayer this may be your only way. Put it this way, even if all you do is listen to the music it is still cheaper than Spotify Premium.