Record and Download BBC Radio for Offline Listening

Is there any way to download BBC radio for offline reference? BBC radio tracks are very useful learning materials and work document to me. Although I can access to its Internet streaming, catchup, television and live radio programs with the help a VPN, it's better to keep it in the local folder on my computer so that I can refer to BBC iPlayer streams no matter when I need.

There are a lot of reasons for BBC radio lovers like the one described above who would like to get BBC radio download. So, is it possible to make BBC Radio audio offline? Fortunately, the answer could be positive. Here, I will introduce three ways to achieve it by using downloading and recording technology in the following article.

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Part 1. Download BBC Radio via BBC iPlay Radio App

Apart from its well-known news reports, BBC iPlayer also has other hot channels with popular content, like music, podcast, radio and TV shows and this service is available for almost all platforms, including personal computers, mobile devices, smart televisions, etc. But one of the disadvantages is that it allows user to listen to BBC Radio tracks on devices only with Internet connection.

Since BBC iPlayer Stream is a live streaming channel for the residents living in the UK, even for UK viewers, they can’t access to BBC content when they are gone to other places. In this case, more and more users are asking for the offline playback feature for better user experience. As consequence, good news came that BBC iPlayer offers the direct Download button on BBC radio programs. Now, let's see how it works.

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Step 1. Launch BBC iPlayer app on your device. And then you can click one topic from 'Schedule', 'Station' or 'Categories' or directly use the Search bar to discover the favorite BBC streaming audio or radio track that you'd like to download.

Step 2. Please touch the target BBC radio programme and there are two selectable options underneath the payback screen, respectively 'Download' and 'Add to My Radio'.

Step 3. Please simply hit on the 'Download' button and it will automatically download radio files for offline listening and you can find them under the 'Download' section on your software.

Note: Most BBC radio programmes support the downloading playback feature for 30 days only after they are broadcast. Once the 30-day period ends, BBC audio downloads will disappear from your Download section on your BBC iPlayer app. Besides, according to different rights agreement, not all BBC radio tracks can be downloaded or they can keep in downloaded situation for a shorter period.

Part 2. Record BBC iPlayer Radio on Mac/Windows with BBC Radio Recorder

It can't be denied that it's the easiest way to use the Download function to play BBC radio offline on other countries, if the limitation of expiry doesn't brother you at all and all BBC programmes you want to download are available for downloading. If not, what will you do? You might wonder to know is there any other professional way to get BBC radio offline playback?

Instead of downloading BBC audios, it seems a nice way to get radios from BBC by recording BBC iPlayer radio with a powerful streaming audio recording tool, such as AudFree Audio Capture. It is designed to record any playing audio from all BBC content, like radio, TV shows, music, podcast, etc. with zero quality loss. Besides, it can save recorded BBC radios as MP3, FLAC, WAV, AAC, M4A and M4B, which allows you to play BBC audios on any device offline.

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With this smart audio recorder for BBC, you can keep them permanently for your personal use. Now, let's start to use AudFree BBC Audio Recorder to record BBC iPlayer Radio free.

Step 1. Launch AudFree Audio Recorder on your computer and check whether the target app you will use to record BBC radio from is in the installed program list. If not, just click the big '+' button to add it.

Step 2. Please click the 'audio' icon to open the setting window, in which you can define output format as MP3, FLAC or other audio formats and customize output BBC audio quality, like bite rate, sample rate, etc.

Step 3. Click the target browser, like Chrome or BBC iPlayer Radio app to find wanted BBC iPlayer radio tracks and then play it. AudFree will pop up a recording window to grab playing BBC files and save them into independent tracks correctly.

Step 4. You can quit up the whole software or stop playing BBC radio to finish the recording process. And then, you can locate BBC radio recordings by clicking the 'history' icon directly.

Note: This program is not free, although it offers a free trial version to test its performance and features. You need to pay for $19.95 to get the full version. Good news is that it can record not only BBC radio but also any other streaming music services, like Pandora, Apple Music, Spotify and more for offline listening.

Part 3. Record BBC Radio on Mobile Devices with V Radio Recorder

BBC radio has designed the BBC iPlayer Radio app for phone and tablets for users to listen to radio on the go. But AudFree Audio Capture is available for Mac and Windows operating system. Of course, you can use AudFree software to download and record audio tracks from BBC and then transfer them to your phone via USB cable for offline listening.

Sometimes, it might be inconvenient. So here, we will introduce another mobile app, called V Radio Recorder to capture BBC iPlayer radio on mobile devices directly. You can find it in the App Store. Now, you can refer to the following step-by-step tutorial to get BBC radio.

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Step 1. Navigate to App Store on your device, discover and download V Radio Recorder. Once installed, please launch it.

Step 2. Search the BBC radio tracks that you like to record and play it. Now, you need to click the red record icon at the mobile BBC recorder and it will start recording BBC radio.

Step 3. To finish the recording process, please press the 'Record' tab and then you can find the recorded BBC radio files on the list.

Now, you can download and record radio from BBC iPlayer for offline listening no matter you are a computer or mobile BBC lovers. After reading this article, do you still have some issues in get BBC radio files offline? You can leave them on the comment area. Or if you know other worthy recommended BBC audio recorder and downloader, please be feel free to share with us.

Jul 14, 2021 4:30 PM

Posted by Roger Kelly to Audio Recording Tips


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