The BBC's annual charter review has revealed that the broadcaster is planning on entering the music discovery business, with a music streaming service that offers curated playlists.
The service will be built on the BBC's existing Playlister platform which enables users to create playlists from songs played on the BBC's radio and TV services then listen to them via a variety of streaming services including iTunes and Spotify.
The BBC broadcasts up to 50,000 tracks each month, all of which will be available to listen to online for a limited period as part of the service. It will also offer curated playlists that will aim to champion new UK music with a mix of recorded tracks and live sessions.
While the service doesn't have a launch date, the BBC has confirmed it has developed the proposal with the music industry, suggesting that plans are already in motion.
The BBC has also hinted that elements of the service will be available to global audiences, challenging Apple's Beats 1 station which launched earlier this year.
The charter review included a number of other digital service proposals, including a single 'front-door' service for children enabling them to access suitable content across multiple platforms, and a transition from rolling news to streaming news that focused on delivering content to mobile users.