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BBC Working on New Music Streaming Service

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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 service.



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