‘Scuse the plugs, but it’s been a relatively big day at work today. That is, at BBC Radio & Music Interactive.
An iteration (v1.6 if you’re counting) of our Radio Player (radio on demand ‘console’), which should mean it works better in Macs, fixes a few major usability flaws (though not all, yet), offers better nav, and some stuff like "mail this show to a friend" kind of functionality. Well done to our fine Tech & Design team (take a bow: Dawn Budge, Jason Cowlam, Nat Darke, Claire Griffiths, Michael Koderisch, Bronwyn van der Merwe, Russell Miller, Kate Rogers, who’ve all worked on it at various stages) + the mighty Dan Taylor. Much much more to follow here, as we get cracking on version 2. You can get at it via BBC Radio.
But an equally big deal (’till v2) is that we managed to push through offering this year’s BBC Reith Lectures as DRM-free, mp3 downloads. They’ll be added to the site after each lecture (looks like first one will go up Thursday morning). This may not sound like a big deal to folks, but this ‘trial’ is something we haven’t managed to do before – so we’re hoping there’s a good reaction from punters. If the trial’s successful (in terms of downloads and public reaction) we hope to be able to do more of this stuff. This year’s lectures are by playwright Wole Soyinka, concerning "The Climate of Fear". Go have a listen, and let me/us know what you think. I’d be interested in your thoughts.
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