If you live in the UK, or if you know how to make your iPhone think that it’s in the UK, then you can now listen to BBC radio from a new dedicated app. It’s called iPlayer Radio, and it turns your high-tech, $ 700 pocket computer into a 1980s clock radio.

This, if you were wondering, is awesome.

Folks of a certain age, and of the right nationality (English), will remember spending their younger years falling asleep to 59 minutes of John Peel, 59 minutes being the default sleep timer on most clock radios, and John Peel being, well, the best thing on the radio ever.

Hours later, you’d wake up to some annoying zoo show, also on Radio One.

Now, with iPlayer Radio, you can listen live, tuning in by spinning the nostalgic on-screen dial, and wake up to the station of your choice. You can also, unlike real radio, stream and download already-broadcast shows. It also serves video clips, which seems rather redundant.

If you’re in the UK, then the app is free. Or rather, you already paid for it with your TV license fee. If you’re anywhere else — well, the BBC World Service works on any shortwave radio, or in your device’s web browser.

Source: BBC – Media Centre

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