BBC Radio Comes To iTunes

After many years of glaring absence, eleven BBC Radio stations have finally appeared within the Radio section of Apple’s iTunes allowing easy access to these streaming BBC Radio stations, wherever in the world you may be.

Although we have been able to listen to BBC Radio station via the BBC website or other media players, it is good to see the Beeb finally joining the iTunes community.

This is good news for those with an Apple TV, for now you can stream BBC radio through the connected speakers.

The stations are available in either 48kbps or the higher quality 128kbps stream which has noticeably better audio with no buffering issues.

Here’s a handy list of where the various BBC stations can be found within the different iTunes radio feeds.

BBC Radio 1                               Top 40

BBC Radio 1 Xtra                      Top 40

BBC Radio 2                               Adult Contemporary

BBC Radio 3                               Classical

BBC Radio 4                               News

BBC Radio 4LW                        News

BBC Radio 4 Extra                   Comedy

BBC Radio 5                              News

BBC Radio 5 Sports Extra     Sports Radio

BBC Radio 6                             Alternative Rock

BBC Asian                                International

    • John Monro
    • May 28th, 2011

    Well it did, for a short while. But now none of them seem to work. Is this the same for you?

      • jane73
      • May 28th, 2011

      Hi John,

      Yes, I’ve noticed the iTunes links to the BBC Radio stations are now only working intermittently. Some days they connect without a problem, other times like today, none of the links work. It is disappointing and I hope they (I assume the BBC is responsible for providing the stream) rectify the problem soon.


        • Anthony
        • June 2nd, 2011

        Hi John & Jane,

        I have exactly the same problem. All of the BBC stations are listed on the itunes radio but they do not stream. I’ve contacted the BBC and they suggested emptying my browser cache, cookies and history. This seemed to work temporarily, two days to be exact.
        Inexplicably now it doesn’t work at all. Furthermore, as suggested by the BBC, I have un and re-installed the Adobe flash player – this hasn’t worked either.
        Additionally I’ve also tried changing my default browser to no avail.
        it’s amazing as all the channels stream from the BBC iplayer portal.
        There must be a problem with how itunes caches the stream.

    • jane73
    • June 25th, 2011

    Hi John and Anthony.

    Seems the BBC iTunes streams are working once again, at least they are today!
    Hoping it stays that way 🙂

  1. It would be nice if you could get local stations

    • bruce
    • November 2nd, 2011

    streams not working today

      • jane73
      • November 2nd, 2011

      Hi Bruce.
      They’re working fine for me here today. Listening to BBC Radio4 at the moment.
      Hope they work for you again soon.

    • benyafai
    • December 14th, 2011

    Nice one, was looking for how to open the original streams, just didn’t know where to look in iTunes I guess.
    Thats one browser window out of the way, saves me accidently closing it too!

    • JC
    • October 16th, 2013

    Hi All, it appears i’ve lost bbc radio channels on itunes radio. They still come up in the respective genres ‘alternative’ for radio 6 for eg, but when you click on the station it doesn’t play. Has something changed?

    • David Woodford
    • October 24th, 2013

    They seem to have disappeared yesterday

    • Moonweed
    • October 26th, 2013

    Yes – have enjoyed BBC 4 on i-tunes for years – it has vanished 3 days ago

  2. Can’t fine BBC R4 on iTunes today. Such a shame.

    • Hoppo
    • November 9th, 2013

    I cannot find most of BBC Radio in the iTunes genre listings either – anyone know what happened?

    • Alistair Campbell
    • October 20th, 2014

    iTunes 12. BBC streams still seem to be broken…

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