BBC will start switching off its iPlayer Radio app today


The BBC will today start switching off its iPlayer Radio app, to the fury of listeners
Instead, they must download the controversial youth-focused BBC Sounds app, which has been plagued by complaints
The closure of iPlayer Radio begins today, with some users affected immediately, but will take a few weeks to wind up
  The BBC will today start switching off its iPlayer Radio app, to the fury of listeners
Instead, they must download the controversial youth-focused BBC Sounds app. The radio page of the BBC iPlayer app is pictured above [File photo]Until then, listeners will be pestered with in-app messages telling them to download Sounds
BBC Sounds, which launched last November, contains all BBC audio content, including radio, music and podcasts
Users have complained that they have not been able to access the latest Archers episodes, that it was difficult to navigate and was missing an alarm feature
Despite these niggles, James Purnell, the BBC’s director of radio, insisted BBC Sounds now ‘matches’ the main features of the old app
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No high-quality audio. No sensible sorting. How can you turn off iPlayer Radio before Sounds can match its functionality?’Another said: ‘The interface is hopeless
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Viewers will no longer be able to access the text-based news and weather forecast service from the beginning of next year
Users have complained that they have not been able to access the latest Archers episodes, that it was difficult to navigate and was missing an alarm feature
The app is advertised above on the App Store

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