BBC Sounds is a streaming-media service from the British Broadcasting Corporation that includes live radio broadcasts, audio on demand, and podcasts. The service is available on a wide range of devices, including mobile phones and tablets, personal computers, and smart televisions. Media delivered to UK-based listeners do not have commercial advertising.
BBC Sounds homepage in March 2019
|Initial release||1 November 2018|
|Platform||Web, iOS, Android|
|Available in||English, Welsh, Scottish Gaelic, Irish|
|Type||Media player software|
The website replaces the iPlayer Radio service, and the BBC Sounds apps complement the existing iPlayer apps, which remain available.
BBC Sounds on the web was built from the ground up in the Node.js, React, Redux, and Express.js programming languages. The mobile applications were written in Swift for iOS, and in Kotlin for Android. Again these were written from the ground up. The apps were released on 26 June 2018, before the website had any Sounds branding, in order to gain early feedback. App features include the ability to look up station schedules, download and share media, and run a sleep timer. Both the website and the apps are served with data from a single set of APIs called Radio and Music Services, or RMS, microservices built in the Scala programming language. This single source of data replaces a large number of different services that powered earlier incarnations of the radio products.
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