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From next week the BBC will offer downloads for its most popular radio shows including the Essential Mix, Pete Tong’s Friday night show and Annie Mac’s weekly shows.

The update to the iPlayer Radio app is expected to be released next week and will allow offline listening for up to 30 days on a variety of devices.

Andrew Scott, General Manager of Product, Radio & Music, BBC Digital, says: “With over 860m requests for radio streams across all devices on BBC iPlayer Radio in 2014, we’re thrilled to bring offline listening to our audiences.

“We know this is something they’ve been asking for and we have been working hard to make it possible. Now they will have more choice than ever to listen to their favourite programmes, with all downloads available for 30 days and no need to worry about mobile data limits.”

There are three simple steps for users to download and enjoy radio offline:

  • Install the latest BBC iPlayer Radio app on their iOS, Android or Kindle smartphone or tablet
  • Tap the ‘Download’ option on the programme they want to save – the programme will be added to their download queue and downloaded whenever the device is connected to Wi-Fi
  • Listen and enjoy

Andrew Rafter

Andrew Rafter is the editor and founder of Harder Blogger Faster.