After the success of its iPlayer, which allows users to watch any BBC broadcast from the previous seven days, the British Broadcasting Corporation is now preparing the launch of its musical equivalent. Playlister, as the service will be called, will offer its users access to hundreds of thousands of music recordings, for a monthly fee. In other words, like Spotify. In fact, the Beeb is talking with the Swedish company, and with iTunes and Deezer, about how to deal with copyrights.
It's expected that Playlister will be finished by the end of this year or early 2013. The initiative is being led by Tim Davie, director of BBC Audio & Music, who said that this project is his biggest legacy to the corporation. 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.”