Spotify listeners in the U.K. can now access BBC’s vast back catalog

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Some of the BBC's radio shows on the service date back to the 1950s.
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If you live in the UK and are a fan of the BBC, Spotify has some good news for you — since it’s just added “thousands of episodes” of BBC content to its app.

“The BBC is one of the largest content creators in the UK, and have worked with the biggest and best audio talent in the world,” said James Cator, Spotify’s Head of Podcast Partnerships, in a statement. “To have a comprehensive audio catalogue in the UK, the BBC are essential, so adding the BBC to our rapidly-expanding catalogue of podcasts was a natural partnership.”

Spotify’s new agreement covers podcasts from BBC’s iPlayer Radio and BBC Sounds. To access these podcasts, head to the podcast section of the app through the Browse on Spotify menu. You can choose from categories including Comedy, News & Politics, Educational, Sport & Recreation, Lifestyle & Health, Business & Technology, and Kids & Family.

“You can now be assured of finding the perfect podcast for every moment and mood on Spotify,” Cator continued. “Whatever you want to learn about, or whatever mood you want to feel, it is all available to you, however you want to listen – on your laptop, phone, or on your connected devices via Spotify Connect.”

A massive archive of material

Shows available on the service include Short Cuts, Desert Island Discs, The Infinite Monkey Cage, and more. With parts of that archive stretching all the way back to the 1950s, it’s a great resource for listeners.

Unfortunately, right now it appears that the deal is available only for Spotify users in the United Kingdom. Hopefully that will change in the near future, however, since I’m certain that there are a fair few Anglophiles on the other side of the pond who would enjoy checking out the BBC’s back catalog!

Last month, Spotify reported that it has 180 million monthly active users, representing an increase of 30 percent year-over-year. It also boasts 83 million worldwide paying customers, an increase of 40 percent year-over-year.

Source: Spotify