Saturday, December 1, 2018

A month of Sounds

BBC Director of Radio, Educations, Sounds, Podcasts and More James Purnell has posted a progress report on the Sounds app, one month on from launch.

He says 1.2m people are using Sounds to listen to an average of over 2.5 hours of radio, podcasts and music mixes per week. There's no comparison offered with the Radio iPlayer. RAJAR tells us that across the UK 6.9m adults listen to at least one podcast every week; 28 million people have downloaded one form of radio app. 

A BBC-commissioned sample survey of 1,300 found that 4 out of 5 who had used the app rated it as Excellent or Very Good and over three quarters said they would recommend it. Again, no comparison offered with fading Radio iPlayer. Google Play store reviews rate Sounds at 2.3 stars, compared with 3.7 for Radio iPlayer.

Changes have been made: the auto-play function now offers the next in a series. There are plans to add a sleep timer, make it easier to subscribe to content, introduce a sharing button, add more text about shows and display recent tracks played on live stations in the app.

1 comment:

  1. If they keep making changes, it might eventually be almost as good as iplayer. Eventually. Where did they get that sample survey from, I've yet to hear anyone say a good word about it.


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