The BBC is reportedly working on a music equivalent of its iPlayer catch-up service, the Playlister.
The streaming service will give licence-fee payers free access to hundreds of thousands of music recordings without paying any additional fees and is said to be set for launch later this year or in early 2013.
The BBC is understood to be in talks with Spotify and similar music services, such Deezer and Apple’s iTunes music store in an effort to clear bulk rights – something which has halted them from pursuing the idea in the past.
The Playlister initiative is being spearheaded by Tim Davie, the BBC’s director of Audio & Music.
A BBC spokesman said: “The BBC is regularly in conversation with digital music providers about how we strengthen radio’s position as the number one place for discovering music in the UK”.
Source: The Telegraph