Report: BBC Working On Its Own Spotify
October 3, 2012 at 3:49 PM (PT)
The BBC is in the process of developing a streaming music player much like SPOTIFY, reports THE TELEGRAPH. The service, dubbed PLAYLISTER, will give licence-fee payers free access to hundreds of thousands of music recordings without paying any additional fees.
The new service is trying to overcome the obstacle of music rights clearance by talking with Spotify and similar music services, such as the French-run DEEZER and APPLE’s iTUNES music store, to find ways to "side-step the problem."
The PLAYLISTER initiative, which is set for launch later this year or in early 2013, is being spearheaded by BBC Dir./Audio & Music TIM DAVIE. A BBC 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 U.K."