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BBC Radioplayer tunes into 200 UK radio stations

The BBC has launched Radioplayer, bringing together more than 200 UK radio stations including Capital, Xfm and Classic FM, in a single online console.

The internet radio player, first unveiled at the annual Radio Festival in Salford last October, is the result of a collaboration between the public broadcaster and its partners in commercial radio, Global Radio, RadioCentre and Absolute Radio, and GMG Radio, part of the Guardian Media Group.

The player began its roll-out in December, with a limited roster of 50 stations. Today's full consumer release, announced on the BBC Internet Blog by Dave Price, product lead for iPlayer, programmes and on-demand at BBC Future Media, sees that number increase to more than 200.

Radioplayer's pop-up console can be accessed from the Radioplayer website or from any of the sites in the BBC's commercial partners in the venture, with users able to search for stations by keyword and create their own list of presets.

Each time you tune into a new station, the pop-up player's 'skin' changes, enabling partners to advertise - sorry, "express their unique identity" - via the publicly-funded broadcaster's software.

All of the BBC's own national stations are available via the new Radioplayer, and the new console links up with iPlayer, enabling users to create a playlist of programmes that are ready and waiting for them, podcast-style, the next time they log in.

Live and 'listen again' access to the national stations via the BBC's existing iPlayer service is unchanged.