Major updates to our apps
Last year saw Radioplayer roll out a series of major updates to our apps. We boosted the discovery of podcasts and listen-again content making it easier for listeners to catch up with their favourite shows. We added notifications when new episodes were available and easier sharing of shows and stations. All of these improvements were designed to drive longer listening sessions across our member stations.
We also did a lot of work to make Radioplayer simpler to use - we frequently receive feedback from listeners tell us how much they love the simplicity of Radioplayer. We didn’t want to lose that as we added more features. It’s still easy to cast to a device, favourite a station, flip to Easy Mode and more.
This year we’ve got even more planned with improvements that will add compelling visuals to radio content, on demand recommendations and more.
New web player widely adopted
Our brand new V4 web player has now been adopted by thousands of stations both in the UK and across the world. Those stations are enjoying improved user experience, the trusted stability of Radioplayer plus live updates automatically delivered without having to lift a finger. If you’ve not upgraded and still stuck on an outdated version, why not take the plunge and upgrade?
This year, we’ll be adding Now Playing visuals for stations who send us track now playing information. And we’re continuing to take user privacy seriously by supporting four of the major Consent Management Platforms enabling you to continue to monetise your streams whilst keeping things legal
50% of radio listening is in the car. Luckily, we are too
We have just announced a new "smart radio" partnership with BMW Group, adding to our existing partnership with VW Group. Starting next year, BMW Group will be using official broadcaster metadata from Radioplayer's API to help create a brilliant radio interface with broadcast radio at its heart. This guarantees a rich digital experience in BMW Group cars, while also being easy to use, with radio station search via an A-Z list, and high-resolution station logos on the screen.
Over the past twelve months, we’ve also extended our long established relationship with Audi to bring your stations to the dashboards of Audi cars. Now, we’re working with the whole of the VW Group to integrate Radioplayer and your stations, into a wide range of vehicles.
Making radio more accessible to other platforms
We’re doing a lot of work to bring your stations and metadata to other platforms. We’re working with the main voice platform providers to discover ways of improving the radio experience on their devices. In the last year, we spent a lot of time making it easier for their developers to work with Radioplayer through better tools and documentation. We’ll keep improving our Alexa skill, our hi-fi integrations and more - allowing you to focus on making great radio.
Putting stations first
The needs of our broadcast members are always front-and-centre in all we do at Radioplayer. Later this year, we’ll be starting a process to introduce new tools to manage your station records, making it easier to maintain existing stations, add new stations and manage your on-demand catalogue and podcasts too. All from one place. It’s part of a big project to upgrade our platforms and processes. This will keep Radioplayer fast and stable during this period of incredible growth.
No price rises in 2021
Astonishingly, we’ve been able to do all of this in the middle of a pandemic, at no extra cost to you. It’s because Radioplayer remains a non-profit organisation with no shareholders and dividends to pay. Everything we receive goes back into the products and services we offer. Our small, but perfectly-formed team, work tirelessly to deliver these services and we’ve got lots of exciting developments to share in the months ahead.
As part of our plans to move all stations to a membership year which starts on 1st April for everyone, we’ll be invoicing stations for 2021/22 soon. Please make sure we have your correct billing details. There’s no annual fee increase this year and so we’re grateful to our member stations for timely remittance. It means we can continue to do good things for you and your listeners.