RadioPlayer, an online service which unites a large collection of UK radio stations, has just been launched.
The BBC and commercial radio players Global and Guardian Media Group are behind the project, which has begun with 150 radio stations and the promise that more will be added very soon.
The idea is to unite BBC Radio and commercial stations under a single system with the same functionality for each, making listening and station hopping as easy as possible. A powerful search facility comes on board, so users can sift via station name, programme titles, even presenter and location.
Programmes will be streamed live, but there will also be an iPlayer-like experience bolted on, with listeners able to download shows they’ve missed, or podcasts.
Plans are in place to expand RadioPlayer and bring it to mobile phones eventually, including the iPhone, Android and tablets.
We tried to hop on for a quick listen and play around, but slightly less than impressively, the RadioPlayer site has been down for the past hour or so. Not the best of launches, then…