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BBC iPlayer To Gain Radio Downloads?

29/05/2013 10:52 BST | Updated 29/07/2013 10:12 BST
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The BBC's iPlayer Radio app looks set to add download options in the near future, according to reports.

The BBC Trust has approved a proposal to offer catch-up downloads for radio programmes.

That could mean giving users the chance to listen to full radio programmes while travelling on underground trains, planes and in areas without mobile coverage.

The update is not set to arrive immediately, but should arrive by 2014 - the ten year anniversary of the birth of podcasting.

According to Pocket-Lint, it seems as though radio downloads will follow the same model as TV shows, giving you 30 days to start watching a programme, and seven days to finish it once you've started watching.

The decision should allow the BBC to extend its existing iPlayer Radio apps currently available for smartphones and some tablets.