The BBC has launched a new iPlayer Radio, a separate service from BBC's iPlayer that will provide access to audio content for desktop and mobile.

Announced today, the BBC says that the new service will "highlight select snippets from BBC output, including associated video content."

BBC reveals that the iPhone app is expected to be available later today, and includes a built in alarm clock. The Android version of the app is "not yet ready," and will launch at some point in the future.

"We designed and built native applications for both Android and iOS," writes Andrew Scott, Head of Radio and Music and Audience Facing Services on BBC's blog. "Today we've released the iOS version, Android will come soon."

"Until the Android app is released, Android users can continue to use iPlayer Radio on the mobile web," Scott says.

In addition to basic radio functions, iPlayer Radio also includes a touchscreen dial for easy access to 57 BBC radio stations, catch-up content, podcasts, tracklist details, programme alerts, and social media sharing options.

"We are also keen to make the on-demand content available for the World Service, Nations and English Local radio stations and have a project in planning to do the necessary infrastructure work."

Visit the BBC blog to watch a video of iPlayer Radio in action.

In September, the BBC updated its iPlayer app to allow users to watch TV shows offline.

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