The BBC has made all of its podcasts available to download wirelessly on Apple’s new multimedia mobile device, the iPhone.
The move means iPhone users can access 130 BBC radio podcasts – including Today in Parliament, Broadcasting House and File On 4 – on the move without the need to connect their device to a computer.
Apple iPhone users who visit www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts will be greeted with a specially designed interface allowing them to download and listen to the BBC podcasts using wireless internet or O2’s mobile internet service The Edge.
James Cridland, BBC head of future media and technology (audio and music), said: ‘This is the start of making our podcasts available on a much wider range of devices.”
The iPhone podcast service – which also works on the iPod Touch – is the first in a series of developments at the BBC which will see its radio content become available on ‘anything that has a speaker’– including games consoles.
l Sky News is the first UK news organisation to launch a version of its website designed for the iPhone.
The site, at sky.com/news/iphone, has large navigation buttons at the top and displays stories in a single column the width of the phone.
‘Even fat-fingered readers like me can find their way around breaking stories,’wrote Sky News technology manager James Weeks in a blog post introducing the service.