08/10/2012 10:12 BST | Updated 08/12/2012 05:12 GMT

BBC Launches Radio iPlayer App For iOS

The BBC has launched a brand-new service that it says will form the new home of radio online.

BBC iPlayer Radio will form a consistent product across PC, mobile and tablet, starting on desktops and iOS.

On desktop browsers, the service will include new pages for stations and a more consistent user interface.

With the new mobile app you'll be able to listen to BBC radio on the move, access new station websites, catch up with on-demand content and share tracks with your friends.

It will also include an alarm clock feature, to help you wake up with your favourite shows.

Daniel Danker, general manger for on-demand for the BBC, said: "BBC iPlayer Radio is radio for an audience that expects to access our content anywhere: now you truly can take BBC Radio with you wherever you go.

"It's also radio for an audience that wants greater choice and control. They want to listen again when they choose, to personalise their listening experience, to share tracks they've discovered with friends. BBC iPlayer Radio delivers all of these things, in a simple, consistent, easy to navigate way."

The BBC said the iOS App will be released today, with Android to follow "soon after".

But some on Twitter weren't happy with the Beeb's decision to go with iOS first, as they did with the new iPlayer app last month.

The BBC has previously said its aim is to have its mobile apps on as many platforms as is "feasible", but that problems with various media players on Android led to a delay with its latest upgrades.

Monthly iPlayer requests for radio have increased 56% to 2.8m on mobile, and 300% to 1.2m on tablet, according to the BBC.