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    Hi Colin

    BBC is making a number of changes to their services. We are investigating this but as always, it is always helpful to let the Music Services know you want to hear them on Bluesound as well. 

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    Mark

    I'm afraid I just don't understand this response. As a British company with a strong British following, surely it is obvious that we would want Bluesound to integrate with the music service provided by the leading British broadcasting service, BBC Sounds? The issue was the same with the forerunner to BBC Sounds, iplayer radio, which I seem to recall also had numerous users asking why it had not been integrated with Bluesounds (happy to be corrected, but I remember looking how to do it on various occasions to no avail).

    I have no idea about the technical complexity of integration of BBC Sounds vs. the other Music services which have been integrated, nor how stable/ unstable the BBC Sounds app is from a technical integration perspective, but for me it would be an amazing 'killer app' if Bluesound bit the bullet and did it.

    As context, I'm probably showing my age/ demographic, but I have no idea what many of the integrated music services are: Bugs, Calm Radio, Custom Channels, DMH, IDAGIO, KKBOX, nugs.net, etc. Nor how much overlap there is between subscribers of these services and Bluesounds' core customer segments (i.e. in terms of geography, demography, age etc.)?

    My point is not to seek answers to these questions, but rather, to understand the logic of why so many services I have never heard of HAVE been integrated, while the flagship BBC service (including access to all World Service content) has not?

    Moreover, I'd just like to wake up one day and discover that it works seamlessly with my Bluesound systems in my study, kitchen and living area, so my whole family can enjoy the experience.

    Is there any hope of this ever happening or should I just forget the silly idea.

     

     

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    Wesley P.

    Hello Mark,

    I can not speak to the decisions made by our development team regarding which services are integrated into the BluOS app. However, we are only able to integrate services that have an available third-party API that the BluOS app can use to access their service.

    With that being said, until BBC Sounds creates a third-party API that BluOS can access, we will not be able to integrate it directly into the BluOS app.

    Taking this into consideration, I will pass your feedback forward to our Quality Assurance team as a feature request to see if we can work with BBC directly to provide support for their service in a future firmware update.

    Regards,
    Wesley P.

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  • Hi Joe

    New Services take time - that being said, we have reached an agreement that you should still be able to listen to BBC stations in TuneIn using Bluesound and BluOS Players.

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    Mark Everett

    I don't understand why you are comparing BBC Sounds to DAB?  Excellent quality live BBC radio transmissions are available via the TuneIn Service in BluOS. The only real advantage of being able to access BBC Sounds would be that of catch-up functionality.  Or have I misunderstood your problem?

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    Colin Brewer

    Yes .. it is exactly the  availability of the catch up functionality  that makes BBC sounds so vital in the current environment. For instance most of this years BBC Proms concerts have been cancelled but to make up for it they have put loads of previous years concerts some of which are utterly brilliant.

    Is there no way of making this accessible without an API ?  .. it seems that Bluesound doesnt care about the Classical Music fraternity  compare with the continued absence of Primephonic ...

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    Mark Everett

    All that's required is the much requested integration of Chromecast functionality into BluOS which would allow users to cast any streams from within the BBC Sounds app to a Bluesound device. Still no sign of this development materialising anytime soon though...

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